Study Question of the Week

Effective June 7, 2017, ABPANC will publish one CPAN or one CAPA study question on alternating weeks (not two questions each week).

Study questions cover content in the three domains of perianesthesia patient care:
  • Physiological Needs
  • Behavioral Health and Cognitive Needs
  • Safety Needs

The nursing knowledge to meet these needs are the same for both the CPAN and CAPA certification programs. It is the percentage of questions asked in each domain that varies, depending on whether the candidate is taking the CPAN or CAPA exam. For best practice, we recommend you review both CPAN and CAPA study questions.


CPAN Question of the Week

A patient arrives to PACU having received Succinylcholine and remains apneic. The perianesthesia nurse prepares to:

  • 1. connect the patient to a T-piece with 100% oxygen.
  • 2. administer glycopyrrolate and neostigmine.
  • 3. connect the patient to a ventilator until awake.
  • 4. administer edrophonium chloride.

CHOOSE ANSWER and see previous Q&A
CAPA Question of the Week

A patient with type 2 diabetes mellitus is admitted to the preoperative area with a capillary blood glucose value of 340 and receives an IV injection of 4 units of regular insulin. Forty-five minutes later, the patient develops diaphoresis and restlessness. The perianesthesia nurse should:

  • 1. recheck the capillary blood glucose concentration.
  • 2. give the patient 8 oz of orange juice.
  • 3. place cool compresses on the patient’s forehead.
  • 4. notify the operating room of possible case cancellation.

CHOOSE ANSWER and see previous Q&A

Question of the Week Signup


Each Wednesday at 6am ET, ABPANC will post a CPAN® or a CAPA® study question on alternating weeks. Use these questions to test your knowledge, display in your unit and discuss with your colleagues. The answer, along with the next week’s question, will be posted the following Wednesday at 6am.

For each question, we will post the reference from ABPANC’s Study References List, as well as the domain and content area information from the Test Blueprint.

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