EXIT HESI Comprehensive B Evolve Practice Questions

The nurse is caring for a client with a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) who is receiving enteral tube feedings. Which task performed by the UAP requires immediate intervention by the nurse?
A.Suctions oral secretions from mouth
B.Positions head of bed flat when changing sheets
C.Takes temperature using the axillary method
D.Keeps head of bed elevated at 30 degrees

B Rationale: Positioning the head of the bed flat when enteral feedings are in progress puts the client at risk for aspiration (B). The others are all acceptable tasks performed by the UAP (A, C, and D).

When caring for a postsurgical client who has undergone multiple blood transfusions, which serum laboratory finding is of most concern to the nurse?
A.Sodium level, 137 mEq/L
B.Potassium level, 5.5 mEq/L
C.Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level, 18 mg/dL
D.Calcium level, 10 mEq/L

B Rationale: Multiple blood transfusions are a risk factor for hyperkalemia. A serum potassium level higher than 5.0 mEq/L indicates hyperkalemia (B). The others are normal findings (A, C, and D).

Which vaccination should the nurse administer to a newborn?
A.Hepatitis B
B.Human papilloma virus (HPV)
C.Varicella
D.Meningococcal vaccine

A Rationale: The hepatitis B vaccination should be given to all newborns before hospital discharge (A). HPV is not recommended until adolescence (B). Varicella immunization begins at 12 months (C). Meningococcal vaccine is administered beginning at 2 years (D).

The nurse is caring for a client on the medical unit. Which task can be delegated to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP)?
A.Assess the need to change a central line dressing.
B.Obtain a fingerstick blood glucose level.
C.Answer a family member's questions about the client's plan of care.
D.Teach the client side effects to report related to the current medication regimen.

B Rationale: Obtaining a fingerstick blood glucose level is a simple treatment and is an appropriate skill for UAP to perform (B). (A, C, and D) are skills that cannot be delegated to UAP.

The nurse is caring for a client with an ischemic stroke who has a prescription for tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) IV. Which action(s) should the nurse expect to implement? (Select all that apply.)
A.Administer aspirin with tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA).
B.Complete the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS).
C.Assess the client for signs of bleeding during and after the infusion.
D.Start t-PA within 6 hours after the onset of stroke symptoms.
E.Initiate multidisciplinary consult for potential rehabilitation.

B,C,E Rationale: Neurologic assessment, including the NIHSS, is indicated for the client receiving t-PA. This includes close monitoring for bleeding during and after the infusion; if bleeding or other signs of neurologic impairment occur, the infusion should be stopped (B, C, and E). Aspirin is contraindicated with t-PA because it increases the risk for bleeding (A). The administration of t-PA within 6 hours of symptoms is concurrent with a diagnosis of a myocardial infarction and within 4.5 hours of symptoms is concurrent for a stroke (D).

When caring for a client in labor, which finding is most important to report to the primary health care provider?
A.Maternal heart rate, 90 beats/min.
B.Fetal heart rate, 100 beats/min
C.Maternal blood pressure, 140/86 mm Hg
D.Maternal temperature, 100.0° F

B Rationale: A fetal heart rate (FHR) of 100 beats/min may indicate fetal distress (B) because the average FHR at term is 140 beats/min and the normal range is 110 to beats/min 160. The others (A, C, and D) are normal findings for a woman in labor.

The nurse is caring for a client with heart failure who develops respiratory distress and coughs up pink frothy sputum. Which action should the nurse take first?
A.Draw arterial blood gases.
B.Notify the primary health care provider.
C.Position in a high Fowler's position with the legs down.
D.Obtain a chest X-ray.

C Rationale: Positioning the patient in a high Fowler's position with dangling feet will decrease further venous return to the left ventricle (C). The other actions should be performed after the change in position (A, B, and D).

A client who is prescribed chlorpromazine HCl (Thorazine) for schizophrenia develops rigidity, a shuffling gait, and tremors. Which action by the nurse is most important?A.Administer a dose of benztropine mesylate (Cogentin) PRN.
B.Determine if the client has increased photosensitivity.
C.Provide comfort measures for sore muscles.
D.Assess the client for visual and auditory hallucinations.

A Rationale: Rigidity, shuffling gait, pill-rolling hand movements, tremors, dyskinesia, and masklike face are extrapyramidal side effects associated with Thorazine. It is most important for the nurse to administer an anticholinergic such as Cogentin to reverse these effects (A). The others (B, C, D) may be appropriate interventions but are not as urgent as (A).

A nurse is interviewing a mother during a well-child visit. Which finding would alert the nurse to continue further assessment of the infant?
A.Two-month-old who is unable to roll from back to abdomen
B.Ten-month-old who cannot sit without support
C.Nine-month-old who cries when his mother leaves the room
D.Eight-month-old who has not yet begun to speak words

B Rationale: As a developmental milestone, infants should sit unsupported by 8 months (B). The milestone of rolling over is achieved at 5 to 6 months for most infants (A). Stranger anxiety is common from 7 to 9 months (C). Speaking a few words is expected at about 12 months (D).

Which intervention should be included in the plan of care for a client admitted to the hospital with ulcerative colitis?
A.Administer stool softeners.
B.Place the client on fluid restriction.
C.Provide a low-residue diet.
D.Add a milk product to each meal.

C Rationale: A low-residue diet (C) will help decrease symptoms of diarrhea, which are clinical manifestations of ulcerative colitis. (A, B, and D) are contraindicated and could worsen the condition.

The nurse is caring for a client with deep vein thrombosis who is on a continuous IV heparin infusion. The activated partial prothrombin time (aPTT) is 120 seconds. Which action should the nurse take?
A.Increase the rate of the heparin infusion using a nomogram.
B.Decrease the heparin infusion rate and give vitamin K IM.
C.Continue the heparin infusion at the current prescribed rate.
D.Stop the heparin drip and prepare to administer protamine sulfate.

D Rationale: An aPTT more than 100 seconds is a critically high value; therefore, the heparin should be stopped. The antidote for heparin is protamine sulfate (D). Increasing the rate would increase the risk for hemorrhage (A). The infusion should be stopped, and vitamin K is the antidote for warfarin (Coumadin) (B). Keeping the infusion at the current rate would increase the risk for hemorrhage (C).

While assessing a client with recurring chest pain, the unit secretary notifies the nurse that the client's health care provider is on the telephone. What action should the nurse instruct the unit secretary to implement?
A.Transfer the call into the room of the client.
B.Instruct the secretary to explain reason for the call.
C.Ask another nurse to take the phone call.
D.Ask the health care provider to see the client on the unit.

C Rationale: Another nurse should be asked to take the phone call (C), which allows the nurse to stay at the bedside to complete the assessment of the client's chest pain. (A and B) should not be done during an acute change in the client's condition. Requesting the health care provider (D) to come to the unit is premature until the nurse completes assessment of the client's status.

Which instruction(s) should the nurse include in the discharge teaching plan of a male client who has had a myocardial infarction and who has a new prescription for nitroglycerin (NTG)? (Select all that apply.)
A.Keep the medication in your pocket so that it can be accessed quickly.
B.Call 911 if chest pain is not relieved after one nitroglycerin.
C.Store the medication in its original container and protect it from light.
D.Activate the emergency medical system after three doses of medication.
E.Do not use within 1 hour of taking sildenafil citrate (Viagra).

B,C Rationale: Emergency action should be taken if chest pain is not relieved after one nitroglycerin tablet (B). The medication should be kept in the original container to protect from light (C). Keeping the medication in the shirt pocket provides an environment that is too warm (A). The newest guidelines recommend calling 911 after one nitroglycerin tablet if chest pain is not relieved (D). Nitroglycerin and other nitrates should never be taken with Viagra (E).

The nurse prepares to administer 3 units of regular insulin and 20 units of NPH insulin subcutaneously to a client with an elevated blood glucose level. Which procedure is correct?
A.Using one syringe, first insert air into the regular vial and then insert air into the NPH vial.
B.Using one syringe, add the regular insulin into the syringe and then add the NPH insulin.
C.Avoid combining the two insulins because incompatibility could cause an adverse reaction.
D.Administer the regular insulin subcutaneously and then give the NPH IV to prevent a separate stick.

B Rationale: The regular or "clear" insulin should be withdrawn into the syringe first, followed by the NPH (B). Air should first be injected into the NPH vial and then air should be inserted into the regular vial (A). NPH and regular insulin are compatible, and combining will reduce the number of injections (C). The insulin is ordered subcutaneously and NPH cannot be given IV (D).

An 8-year-old child is receiving digoxin (Lanoxin) for congestive heart failure (CHF). In assessing the child, the nurse finds that her apical heart rate is 80 beats/min, she complains of being slightly nauseated, and her serum digoxin level is 1.2 ng/mL. What action should the nurse take?
A.Because the child's heart rate and digoxin level are within normal range, assess for the cause of the nausea.
B.Hold the next dose of digoxin until the health care provider can be notified because the serum digoxin level is elevated.
C.Administer the next dose of digoxin and notify the health care provider that the child is showing signs of toxicity.
D.Notify the health care provider that the child's pulse rate is below normal for her age group.

A Rationale: Nausea and vomiting are early signs of digoxin toxicity. However, the normal resting heart rate for a child 8 to 10 years of age is 70 to 110 beats/min and the therapeutic range of serum digoxin levels is 0.5 to 2 ng/mL. Based on the objective data, (A) is the best of the choices provided because the serum digoxin level is within normal levels. (B) is not warranted by the data presented. The digoxin level is within the therapeutic range and the child is not showing signs of toxicity (C). The child's pulse rate is within normal range for her age group (D).

The nurse prepares to administer acetaminophen oral suspension to a child who weighs 66 pounds. The prescription reads: Administer 15 mg/kg every 6 hours by mouth. The Tylenol is available 150 mg/5 ml. Which is the correct dosage indicated on the image?
A.30ml
B.15ml
C.10ml
D.5ml

B Rationale: 66 lb/(2.2 kg/lb) = 30 kg 30 kg × (15 mg/kg) = 450 mg (5 mL/150 mg) × 450 mg = 15 mL or (450 mg/150 mg) × 5 mL = 15 mL

When assessing the laboratory findings of a 38-year-old client with tuberculosis who is taking rifampin (Rifadin), which laboratory finding would be most important to report to the primary health care provider immediately?
A.Orange-colored urine
B.Potassium level, 4.9 mEq/L
C.Elevated liver enzyme levels
D.Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level, 12 mg/dL

C Rationale: Rifampin can cause hepatoxicity, so elevated liver enzyme levels need to be closely monitored and reported to the health care provider (C). Orange discoloration of the urine is an expected side effect of this medication (A). The potassium level (B) is normal. A BUN level of 12 mg/dL is within defined parameters (D).

A client is receiving propylthiouracil (PTU) prior to thyroid surgery. Which diagnostic test results indicate that the medication is producing the desired effect?
A.Increased hemoglobin and hematocrit levels
B.Increased serum calcium level
C.Decreased white blood cell (WBC) count
D.Decreased triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) levels

D Rationale: Propylthiouracil (PTU) is an adjunct therapy used to control hyperthyroidism by inhibiting the production of thyroid hormones (D). It is often prescribed in preparation for thyroidectomy or radioactive iodine therapy. It is does not affect (A). (B) must be monitored after surgery in case the parathyroid glands were removed, but preoperative PTU does not increase the serum calcium level. If the client has an infection preoperatively, antibiotics will be given and (C) monitored.

The nurse teaches a class on bioterrorism. Which method(s) of transmission is(are) possible with the biologic agent Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax)? (Select all that apply.)
A.Inhalation of powder form
B.Handling of infected animals
C.Spread from person to person through coughing
D.Eating undercooked meat from infected animals
E.Direct cutaneous contact with the powder

A,B,D,E Rationale: Anthrax can be transmitted by the inhalation, cutaneous, and digestive routes (A, B, D, and E); however, the disease is not spread from person to person (C).

The nurse assesses a woman in the emergency room who is in her third trimester of pregnancy. Which finding(s) is(are) indicative of abruptio placentae? (Select all that apply.)
A.Dark red vaginal bleeding
B.Rigid boardlike abdomen
C.Soft abdomen on palpation
D.Complaints of severe abdominal pain
E.Painless bright red vaginal bleeding

A,B,D Rationale: These are all signs of abruptio placentae (A, B, and D). The others are signs of placenta previa (C and E).

Which vital sign in a pediatric client is most important to report to the primary health care provider?
A.Newborn with a heart rate of 140 beats/min
B.Three-year-old with a respiratory rate of 28 breaths/min
C.Six-year-old with a heart rate of 130 beats/min
D.Twelve-year-old with a respiratory rate of 16 breaths/min

C Rationale: The normal heart rate for a 6- to 10-year-old is 70 to 110 beats/min (C). The others are all within normal range for those ages (A, B, and D).

Which finding should be reported to the primary health care provider when caring for a client who has a continuous bladder irrigation after a transurethral resection of the prostate gland (TURP)?
A.The client reports a continuous feeling of needing to void.
B.Urinary drainage is pink 24 hours after surgery.
C.The hemoglobin level is 8.4 g/dL 3 days postoperatively.
D.Sterile saline is being used for bladder irrigation.

C Rationale: A hemoglobin level of 8.4 g/dL is abnormally low and may indicate hemorrhage (C). The others are all expected findings after a TURP (A, B, and D).

Which of the following cardiac rhythms is represented in the image?
A.Normal sinus rhythm
B.Sinus tachycardia
C.Ventricular fibrillation
D.Atrial fibrillation

C Rationale: Ventricular fibrillation (C) is a life-threatening arrhythmia characterized by irregular undulations of varying amplitudes. (A, B, and D) are not represented in the image.

An adult client with a medical diagnosis of substance abuse and schizophrenia was recently switched from oral fluphenazine HCl (Prolixin) to IM fluphenazine decanoate (Prolixin Decanoate) because of medication noncompliance. What should the nurse teach the client and family about this change in medication regimen?
A.Long-acting medication is more effective than daily medication.
B.A client with substance abuse must not take any oral medications.
C.There will continue to be a risk of alcohol and drug interaction.
D.Support groups are only helpful for substance abuse treatment.

C Rationale: Alcohol enhances the side effects of Prolixin. The half-life of Prolixin PO is 8 hours, whereas the half-life of the Prolixin Decanoate IM is 2 to 4 weeks. Therefore, the side effects of drinking alcohol are far more severe when the client drinks alcohol after taking the long-acting Prolixin Decanoate IM (C). (A, B, and D) provide incorrect information.

A client comes to the obstetric clinic for her first prenatal visit and complains of feeling nauseated every morning. The client tells the nurse, "I'm having second thoughts about wanting to have this baby." Which response is best for the nurse to make?
A."It's normal to feel ambivalent about a pregnancy when you are not feeling well."
B."I think you should discuss these feelings with your health care provider."
C."How does the father of your child feel about your having this baby?"
D."Tell me about these second thoughts you are having about this pregnancy."

D Rationale: Although ambivalence is normal during the first trimester, (D) is the best nursing response at this time. It is reflective and keeps the lines of communication open. (A) is not the best response because it offers false reassurance. (B) dismisses the client's feelings. The nurse should use communication skills that encourage this type of discussion, not shift responsibility to the care provider. (C) may eventually be discussed, but it is not the most important information to obtain at this time.

A nurse performs an initial admission assessment of a 56-year-old client. Which factor(s) would indicate that the client is at risk for metabolic syndrome? (Select all that apply.)
A.Abdominal obesity
B.Sedentary lifestyle
C.History of hypoglycemia
D.Hispanic or Asian ethnicity
E.Increased triglycerides

A,B,D,E Rationale: Metabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that increase the risk for coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke (A, B, D, and E). Hypoglycemia is not a risk factor for metabolic syndrome (C).

The nurse administers regular insulin (human), 8 units subcutaneously, to a client at 8:00 am, 30 minutes before breakfast. At what time is the client most at risk for a hypoglycemic reaction?
A.9:30 am
B.10:30 am
C.12:00 pm
D.3:00 pm

B Rationale: Regular insulin is short-acting and peaks between 2 and 3 hours after administration (B). The client is most at risk for a hypoglycemic reaction during the peak times. (A, C, and D) are not high-risk times for the client to experience hypoglycemia because they do not fall within the peak time.

Which intervention is most important when caring for a client immediately after electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?A.Reorient the client to surroundings.
B.Assess blood pressure every 15 minutes.
C.Determine if muscle soreness is present.
D.Maintain a patent airway.

D Rationale: The client is typically unconscious immediately following ECT, and nausea is a common side effect. The nurse should take measures to prevent aspiration and maintain a patent airway (D). Patients may be confused after ECT (A), but reorientation is not as high a priority as the airway. Although vital signs should be assessed, the airway is a higher priority (B). Muscle soreness is an expected finding after ECT (C).

The nurse prepares to administer ophthalmic drops to a client prior to cataract surgery. List the steps in the order that they should be implemented from first step to final step.
A. Drop prescribed number of drops into conjunctival sac.
B. Wash hands and apply clean gloves.
C. Place dominant hand on the client's forehead.
D. Ask the client to close the eye gently.

A. C, B, A, D
B. B, C, A, D
C. A, B, D, C
D. A, C, B, D

B Rationale: Washing hands and applying gloves prior to procedure initiation prevents the spread of infection (B). Placing the dominant hand on the client's forehead (C) stabilizes the hand so the nurse can hold the dropper 1 to 2 cm above the conjunctival sac and drop the prescribed number of drops (A); asking the client to close the eye gently helps distribute the medication (D).

A client with bipolar disorder is seen in the mental health clinic for evaluation of a new medication regimen that includes risperidone (Risperdal). The nurse notes that the client has gained 30 lb in the past 3 months. Which assessment is most important for the nurse to obtain?
A.Compliance with medication regimen
B.Current thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level
C.Occurrence of mania or depression
D.A 24-hour diet and exercise recall

A Rationale: Medication compliance (A) is most important for the treatment of psychotic disorders and, because Risperdal is associated with weight gain, it is probable that the client is complying with the treatment plan. The TSH level (B) indicates thyroid function, which regulates basal metabolic rate and influences weight. It is important to obtain information about occurrences of mania and depression (C) since the last visit, but if the client is compliant with the medication regimen, these symptoms are likely to have been controlled. Diet and exercise (D) should also be assessed, but weight gain is a likely indicator of medication compliance.

The nurse is caring for a client with chronic renal failure (CRF) who is receiving dialysis therapy. Which nursing intervention has the greatest priority when planning this client's care?
A.Palpate for pitting edema.
B.Provide meticulous skin care.
C.Administer phosphate binders.
D.Monitor serum potassium levels.

D Rationale: Clients with CRF are at risk for electrolyte imbalances, and imbalances in potassium can be life threatening (D). One sign of fluid retention is pitting edema (A), but it is an expected symptom of renal failure and is not as high a priority as (D). (B and C) are common nursing interventions for CRF but not as high a priority as (D).

A client is admitted with a diagnosis of leukemia. This condition is manifested by which of the following?
A.Fever, elevated white blood count, elevated platelets
B.Fatigue, weight loss and anorexia, elevated red blood cells
C.Hyperplasia of the gums, elevated white blood count, weakness
D.Hypocellular bone marrow aspirate, fever, decreased hemoglobin level

C Rationale: Hyperplastic gums, weakness, and elevated white blood count are classic signs of leukemia (C). (A, B, and D) state incorrect information for symptoms of leukemia.

Which monitored pattern of fetal heart rate alerts the nurse to seek immediate intervention by the health care provider?
A.Accelerations in response to fetal movement
B.Early decelerations in the second stage of labor
C.Fetal heart rate of 130 beats/min between contractions
D.Late decelerations with absent variability and tachycardia

D Rationale: Late decelerations indicate uteroplacental insufficiency and can be indicative of complications. When occurring with absent variability and tachycardia, the situation is ominous (D). 130 beats/min is an expected heart rate (C). The others are not as critical (A and B).

Which disaster management intervention by the nurse is an example of primary prevention?
A.Emergency department triage
B.Follow-up care for psychological problems
C.Education of rescue workers in first aid
D.Treatment of clients who are injured

C Rationale: Primary prevention is aimed at preventing disease or injury. Training rescue workers prior to a disaster is an example of minimizing or preventing injury (C). (A) is an example of secondary prevention. (B) is an example of tertiary prevention. (D) is an example of secondary prevention.

The nurse is caring for a client who is experiencing severe pain. The expected outcome the nurse writes for the client reads, "The client will state my pain is less than 2 within 45 minutes after pain medication has been administered." Formulating the expected outcome is an example of which step in the nursing process?
A.Assessment
B.Planning
C.Implementation
D.Evaluation

B Rationale: Planning (B) allows the nurse to set goals for care and elicit the expected outcome by identifying appropriate nursing actions. Assessment, implementation, and evaluation are part of the care for the client but are not the appropriate actions for formulating the expected outcome (A, C, and D).

The nurse is planning the care for a client who is admitted with syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH). Which intervention(s) should the nurse include in this client's plan of care? (Select all that apply.)
A.Salt-free diet
B.Quiet environment
C.Deep tendon reflex assessments
D.Neurologic checks
E.Daily weights

B,C,D,E Rationale: Correct responses are (B, C, D, and E). SAIDH results in water retention and dilutional hyponatremia, which causes neurologic changes when serum sodium levels are less than 115 mEq/L. The nurse should maintain a quiet environment (B) to prevent overstimulation and assess deep tendon reflexes (C) and perform neurologic checks (D) to monitor for neurologic deterioration. Daily weights (E) should be monitored to assess for fluid overload. (A) would contribute to dilutional hyponatremia.

A client in the psychiatric setting with an anxiety disorder reports chest pain. Which action should the nurse take first?
A.Administer an antianxiety medication PRN.
B.Assess the client's vital signs.
C.Notify the primary health care provider.
D.Determine coping mechanisms used in the past.

B Rationale: Although increased heart rate, palpitations, and chest pain may be caused by anxiety, it is important that the nurse assess the patient and rule out physiologic causes (B). Nonpharmacologic measures should be taken first (A). (C and D) may be considered but are not as high priority as the initial physiologic assessment.

The charge nurse observes a student nurse enter the room of a client who is prescribed airborne precautions. The application of which personal protective equipment by the student indicates a correct understanding of this precaution?
A.Surgical mask, clean gloves, and gown
B.Properly fitted N95 respirator or mask
C.Sterile gloves and gown
D.Goggles, clean gloves, and gown

B Rationale: The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for airborne precautions includes a properly prefitted N95 respirator or mask (B). (A, C and D) do not provide the appropriate respiratory equipment for airborne precautions. A surgical mask is used for preventing transmission of droplet precautions.

The nurse empties a client's urinary drainage from an indwelling Foley catheter. Which finding should be reported to the primary health care provider?
A.Ammonia odor is noted when the catheter is emptied.
B.240 mL of urinary output is produced in 12 hours.
C.A 16-French catheter was used for an adult female.
D.Drainage system is hanging below the level of the bladder.

B Rationale: An expected finding is between 400 and 750 mL in 12 hours = average of 30 mL/hr (B). Ammonia odor is an expected finding (A). Size 14- to 18-French catheters are common sizes used in the adult female (C). Below the level of the bladder is the correct position for the drainage bag (D).

An adult female who presents at the mental clinic trembling and crying becomes distressed when the nurse attempts to conduct an assessment. She complains about the number of questions that are being asked, which she is convinced are going to cause her to have a heart attack. What action should the nurse take?
A.Take the client's blood pressure and reassure her that questioning will not cause a heart attack.
B.Explain that treatment is based on information obtained in the assessment.
C.Encourage the client to relax so that she can provide the information requested.
D.Empower the client to share her story of why she is here at the mental health clinic.

D Rationale: The client is exhibiting signs of moderate anxiety, which include voice tremors, shakiness, somatic complaints, and selective inattention. (D) is the best method for addressing this client's level of anxiety by creating a shared understanding of the client's concerns. Although assessment of her blood pressure (A) might be a worthwhile intervention, reassuring her that questioning will not cause a heart attack (A) is argumentative. (B) suggests that treatment cannot be provided without the information, which is manipulative. Asking the client to relax (C) is likely to increase her anxiety.

Which information is most concerning to the nurse when caring for an older client with bilateral cataracts?
A.States having difficulty with color perception
B.Presents with opacity of the lens upon assessment
C.Complains of seeing a cobweb-type structure in the visual field
D.Reports the need to use a magnifying glass to see small print

C Rationale: Visualization of a cobweb- or hairnet-type structure is a sign of a retinal detachment, which constitutes a medical emergency. Clients with cataracts are at increased risk for retinal detachment (C). Distorted color perception (A), opacity of the lens (B), and gradual vision loss (D) are expected signs and symptom of cataracts, but do not need immediate attention.

Which intervention(s) should be performed by the nurse when caring for a woman in the fourth stage of labor? (Select all that apply.)
A.Maintain bed rest for the first 6 hours after delivery.
B.Palpate and massage the fundus to maintain firmness.
C.Have client empty bladder if fundus is above umbilicus.
D.Check perineal pad for color and consistency of lochia.
E.Apply ice pack or witch hazel compresses to the perineum.

B,D,E Rationale: The fundus should be palpated and massaged frequently to prevent hemorrhage (B). The lochia should be assessed to detect for hemorrhage (D) and ice packs and witch hazel can decrease edema and discomfort (E). Bed rest is only recommended for the first 2 hours (A). A full bladder is suspected if the fundus is deviated to the right or left of the umbilicus (C).

The nurse prepares to administer amoxicillin clavulanate potassium (Augmentin) to a child weighing 15 kg. The prescription is for 15 mg/kg every 12 hours by mouth. How many milliliters should the nurse administer when supplied as below?
A.0.5
B.1.8
C.5
D.9

D Rationale:15 mg/kg × 15 kg = 225 mg to be administered Supply = 125 mg/5 mL (5 mL/125 mg) × 225 mg = 9 mL or (225 mg/125 mg) × 5 ml = 9 mL

Which data obtained during a respiratory assessment for a 78-year-old client is most important to report to the primary health care provider?
A.Auscultation of vesicular breath sounds
B.Pulse oximetry reading of 89%
C.Arterial Pao2 of 86%
D.Resonance on percussion of the lungs

B Rationale: An oxygen saturation lower than 90% indicates hypoxia (B). (A, C, and D) are all normal findings.

When caring for a client with a tracheostomy, which intervention should the nurse delegate to the unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP)?
A.Teach the family about signs and symptoms of hypoxia.
B.Take the vital signs and obtain an O2 saturation level.
C.Evaluate the need for tracheal suctioning.
D.Revise the plan of care to include tracheostomy care.

B Rationale: The nurse may delegate obtaining vital signs and O2 saturation; however, the nurse is responsible for following up on any reported data (B). (A, C, and D) are all part of the nursing process and should not be delegated under the nurse's scope of practice.

The nurse is caring for a client who develops ventricular fibrillation. Which action should the nurse take first?
A.Administer epinephrine.
B.Defibrillate immediately.
C.Bolus with isotonic fluid.
D.Notify the health care provider.

B Rationale: Defibrillation is the first and most effective emergency treatment for ventricular fibrillation (B). The others may follow the first action (A, C, and D).

A client at 32 weeks of gestation is hospitalized with preeclampsia, and magnesium sulfate is prescribed to control the symptoms. Before the next dose of MgSO4 is given, which assessment finding indicates that the patient is at risk for toxicity?
A.Deep tendon reflexes—decrease to 2+
B.100 mL of urine output in 4 hours
C.Respiratory rate decreases to 16 breaths/min
D.Serum magnesium level, 7.5 mg/dL

B Rationale: Magnesium sulfate, a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, helps prevent seizures, so (A) is a positive sign that the medication is having a desired effect. The minimum urine output expected for a repeat dose of magnesium sulfate is 30 mL/hr, so 100 mL of urine in 4 hours can lead to poor excretion of magnesium, with a possible cumulative effect (B). A decreased respiratory rate (C) indicates that the drug is effective. A respiratory rate below 12 breaths/min indicates toxic effects. The therapeutic level of magnesium sulfate for a PIH client is 4 to 8 mg/dL (D).

The nurse walks into the room and observes the client experiencing a tonic-clonic seizure. Which intervention should the nurse implement first?
A.Restrain the client to protect from injury.
B.Flex the neck to ensure stabilization.
C.Use a tongue blade to open the airway.
D.Turn client on the side to aid ventilation.

D Rationale: Maintaining airway during a seizure is priority for safety (D). (A, B, and C) are contraindicated during a seizure and may cause further injury to the client.

When assessing safety for the older adult, which of the following is of highest priority to the nurse?
A.The client has a cataract in the right eye.
B.The client is not married and lives alone.
C.The client lives in a two-story building.
D.The client reports a history of repeated falls.

D Rationale: Risk assessment for falls is a critical element in caring for the older adult. (A, B, and C) are important components in assessing client risk, but a history of prior falls puts the older client at very high risk for falling again (D).

The nurse expects a clinical finding of cyanosis in an infant with which condition(s)? (Select all that apply.)
A.Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
B.Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA)
C.Coarctation of the aorta
D.Tetralogy of Fallot
E.Transposition of the great vessels

D,E Rationale: Both tetralogy of Fallot and transposition of the great vessels are classified as cyanotic heart disease, in which unoxygenated blood is pumped into the systemic circulation, causing cyanosis (D and E). The others are all abnormal cardiac conditions, but are classified as acyanotic and involve left-to-right shunts, increased pulmonary blood flow, or obstructive defects. (A, B, and C).

A nurse implements an education program to reduce hospital readmissions for clients with heart failure. Which statement by the client indicates that teaching has been effective?
A."I will not take my digoxin if my heart rate is higher than 100 beats/min."
B."I should weigh myself once a week and report any increases."
C."It is important to increase my fluid intake whenever possible."
D."I should report an increase of swelling in my feet or ankles."

D Rationale: An increase in edema indicates worsening right-sided heart failure and should be reported to the primary health care provider (D). Digitalis should be held when the heart rate is lower than 60 beats/min (A). The client with heart failure should weigh himself or herself daily and report a gain of 2 to 3 lb (B). An increase in fluid can worsen heart failure (C).

Which action by the nurse is consistent with culturally competent care?
A.Treating each client the same regardless of race or religion
B.Ensuring that all Native American clients have access to a shaman
C.Understanding one's own world view in addition to the client's
D.Including the family in the plan of care for older clients

C The nurse should understand his or her own values and views to prevent those values from being imparted to others, in addition to understanding the client's cultural views (C). Treating every client the same or assuming that all clients share the same values does not exhibit cultural competence or sensitivity (A, B, and D).

The nurse enters the examination room of a client who has been told by her health care provider that she has advanced ovarian cancer. Which response by the nurse is likely to be most supportive for the client?
A."I know many women who have survived ovarian cancer."
B."Let's talk about the treatments of ovarian cancer."
C."In my opinion I would suggest getting a second opinion."
D."Tell me about what you are feeling right now."

D Rationale: The most therapeutic action for the nurse is to be an active listener and to encourage the client to explore her feelings (D). Giving false reassurance or personal suggestions are not therapeutic communication for the client (A, B, and C).

A client in an acute psychiatric setting asks the nurse if their conversations will remain confidential. How should the nurse respond?
A."The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prevents me from repeating what you say."
B."You can be assured that I will keep all of our conversations confidential because it is important that you can trust me."
C."For your safety and well-being, it may be necessary to share some of our conversations with the health care team."
D."I am legally required to document all of our conversations in the electronic medical record."

C Rationale: Some information, such as a suicide plan, must be shared with other team members for the client's safety and optimal therapy (C). HIPAA does not prevent a member of the health care team from repeating all conversations, particularly if safety is an issue (A). Ensuring a client that a conversation will remain confidential puts the nurse at risk, particularly if safety is an issue (B). Although pertinent information should be documented, the nurse is not legally required to document all conversations with a client (D).

A 45-year-old female client is admitted to the psychiatric unit for evaluation. Her husband states that she has been reluctant to leave home for the last 6 months. The client has not gone to work for a month, has been terminated from her job, and has not left the house since that time. This client is displaying symptoms of which disorder?
A.Claustrophobia
B.Acrophobia
C.Agoraphobia
D.Necrophobia

C Rationale: Agoraphobia (C) is the fear of crowds or of being in an open place. (A) is the fear of being in closed places. (B) is the fear of high places. (D) is an abnormal fear of death or bodies after death. A phobia is an unrealistic fear associated with severe anxiety.

The nurse reviews the comprehensive metabolic panel for a client with an electrolyte imbalance. Which data requires the most immediate intervention by the nurse?
A.Potassium level, 3.9 mEq/dL
B.Creatinine level,1.1 mg/dL
C.Sodium level, 125 mEq/L
D.Calcium level, 9 mg/dL

C Rationale: The normal serum sodium level is 135 to 145 mEq/L (C). This value indicates hyponatremia. Symptoms of hyponatremia include nausea and vomiting, headache, confusion, and seizures, which can be severe and need immediate attention. (A, B, and D) are all within normal parameters.

The nurse anticipates administering Rho(D) immune globulin (RhoGAM) to which individual(s)? (Select all that apply.)
A.An Rh-negative woman who has had a miscarriage at 24 weeks
B.The father of a baby of an Rh-positive fetus
C.An Rh-negative mother after delivery of an Rh-positive infant with a negative direct Coombs' test
D.An Rh-positive infant within 72 hours after birth
E.An Rh-negative mother with a negative antibody titer at 28 weeks

A,C,E Rationale: (A, C, and E) are all candidates for RhoGAM. RhoGAM should never be given to an infant or father (B and D).

Which nursing intervention should be implemented postoperatively in an infant with spina bifida after repair of a meningocele?
A.Limit fluids to prevent infection to the surgical site.
B.Place the infant in the prone position.
C.Provide a low-residue diet to limit bowel movements.
D.Cover sac with a moist sterile dressing.

B Rationale: The infant should be placed in the prone position to alleviate pressure on the surgical site, which is in the sacrum (B). Fluids should be increased postoperatively to prevent dehydration (A). A high-fiber diet should be implemented to prevent constipation (C). After the repair, the sac is no longer exposed, so (D) does not apply.

Which intervention(s) should the nurse implement when administering a new prescription of amitriptyline HCl (Elavil) to a client with a depressive disorder? (Select all that apply.)
A.Explain that therapeutic effects should be achieved within 1 to 3 days.
B.Administer at bedtime to minimize sedative effects.
C.Give 1 hour after the administration of isocarboxazid (Marplan).
D.Take blood pressure prior to and after administration.
E.Assess for adverse reactions such as dry mouth and blurred vision.

B,D,E Rationale: The drug causes sedation, so it should be given at bedtime (B). Cardiovascular adverse reactions include orthostatic hypotension; therefore, the blood pressure should be assessed (D). This drug can cause anticholinergic effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, and urinary retention (E). The drug takes 2 to 6 weeks to achieve therapeutic effects (A). All monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors such as isocarboxazid should be discontinued 1 to 3 weeks prior to the administration of Elavil (C).

When administering an intramuscular injection, which factor is most important to ensure the best medication absorption?
A.Compress the syringe plunger quickly.
B.Select a small-gauge needle.
C.Inject the needle at a 90-degree angle.
D.Select a small-diameter syringe.

C Rationale: Injecting the needle at a 90-degree angle allows the medication to be injected into the muscle so that appropriate absorption can occur (C). Too rapid injection of the medication (A) may be painful and may cause medication leakage and reduced absorption. (B) will reduce injection discomfort but will not affect absorption. A syringe barrel that is too small (D) increases the pressure during the injection and may traumatize tissue without improving medication absorption.

When assessing a normal newborn, which finding(s) should the nurse expect? (Select all that apply.)
A.Umbilical cord contains one vein and two arteries
B.Slightly edematous labia in the female newborn
C.Absence of Babinski reflex
D.Presence of white plaques on the cheeks and tongue
E.Nasal flaring noted with respirations

A,B Rationale: These are normal findings (A and B). The others indicate abnormalities or complications and should be reported to the primary health care provider (C, D, and E).

The outpatient clinic nurse is reviewing phone messages from last night. Which client should the nurse call back first?
A.An 18-year-old woman who had a positive pregnancy test and wants advice on how to tell her parents
B.A woman with type 1 diabetes who has just discovered she is pregnant and is worried about her fingerstick glucose
C.A women at 24 weeks of gestation crying about painful genital lesions on the vulva and urinary frequency
D.A women at 30 weeks of gestation who has been diagnosed with mild preeclampsia and is unable to relieve her heartburn

D Rationale: The women with epigastric pain should be called first (D). One of the cardinal signs of eclampsia, a life-threatening complication of pregnancy, is epigastric pain. (A, B, and C) are less serious and should be called after (D).

The charge nurse is making assignments for the upcoming shift. Which client is most appropriate to assign to the licensed practical nurse (LPN)?
A.A client with nausea who needs a nasogastric tube inserted
B.A client in hypertensive crisis who needs titration of IV nitroglycerin
C.
A newly admitted client who needs to have a plan of care established
D.A client who is ready for discharge who needs discharge teaching

A Rationale: This client has a need for a skill that is within the scope of practice for the LPN (A). Titration of an IV drip, establishing care plans, and discharge teaching are within the scope of practice of a registered nurse (RN) and are not delegated (B, C, and D).

A nurse working in a community health setting is performing primary health screenings. Which individual is at highest risk for contracting an HIV infection?
A.A 17-year-old who is sexually active with numerous partners
B.A 45-year-old lesbian who has been sexually active with two partners in the past year
C.A 30-year-old cocaine user who inhales the drug and works in a topless bar
D.A 34-year-old male homosexual who is in a monogamous relationship

A Rationale: (A) is at greatest risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, because the greater the number of sexual partners, the greater the risk for contracting an STD. (B) comprises the group of lowest infected persons because there is little transfer of body fluid during sexual acts. (C), who free-bases, would not be sharing needles, so contracting an STD is not necessarily a risk. A male homosexual in a monogamous relationship has a decreased risk of contracting HIV as long as both partners are monogamous and neither is infected (D).

The charge nurse reviews the charting of a graduate nurse. Which indicates a need for further education on documentation?
A.Uses descriptive words such as "gurgling" to describe breath sounds
B.Records temperature 30 minutes before and after giving acetaminophen
C.Charts some actions in advance of performing them
D.Includes the client's response to an intervention

C Rationale: Charting actions prior to implementing them is an example of fraudulent charting and the graduate nurse should receive further education (C). (A, B, and D) are appropriate charting examples.

A client is receiving substitution therapy during withdrawal from benzodiazepines. Which expected outcome statement has the highest priority when planning nursing care?
A.Client will not demonstrate cross addiction.
B.Codependent behaviors will be decreased.
C.Excessive CNS stimulation will be reduced.
D.The client will demonstrate an increased level of consciousness.

C Rationale: Substitution therapy with another CNS depressant is intended to decrease the excessive CNS stimulation that can occur during benzodiazepine withdrawal (C). (A, B, and D) are all appropriate outcome statements for the client described but do not have the priority of (C).

A client is admitted to a mental health unit because of mild depression. When asked, he denies suicidal ideation, but the nurse reads in the psychosocial assessment that there were attempts to overdose on aspirin 5 years earlier. Which intervention is most important for the nurse to implement?
A.Orient the client to activities on the unit.
B.Document suicide precautions on the shift report.
C.Assign the client to a semiprivate room.
D.Obtain a verbal no-suicide contract with the client.

C Rationale: It is most important to prevent the risk of self-harm from social isolation, so the client should be assigned to a semiprivate room (C). (A) does not have the priority of (C). (B and D) can be implemented if the client admits suicidal ideation. However, based on the fact that this client is mildly depressed and that he attempted suicide 5 years ago using a method that is usually nonlethal (aspirin overdose), it is most important to prevent social isolation.

A client is admitted to the hospital with the diagnosis of hypokalemia. Which clinical manifestation is most significant?
A.Heart palpitations
B.Leg cramps
C.Nausea
D.Tetany

A Rationale: Hypokalemia can cause heart palpitations, which are indicative of a dysrhythmia that could progress to a medical emergency (A). (B and C) are also of concern but are not as life threatening. (D) is a symptom of hypocalcemia.

A nurse working in the emergency department admits a client with full-thickness burns to 50% of the body. Assessment findings indicate high-pitched wheezing, heart rate of 120 beats/min, and disorientation. Which action should the nurse take first?
A.Insert a large-bore IV for fluid resuscitation.
B.Prepare to assist with maintaining the airway.
C.Cleanse the wounds using sterile technique.
D.Administer an analgesic for pain.

B Rationale: High-pitched wheezing indicates laryngeal stridor, a sign of laryngeal edema associated with lung injury. Airway management is the first priority of care (B). (A, C, and D) are all appropriate interventions in managing the client with a burn but are not as critical as establishing an airway.

The nurse prepares to administer digoxin (Lanoxin), 0.125 mg PO, to an adult client with heart failure and notes that the digoxin serum level in the laboratory report is 1 ng/mL. Which action should the nurse take?
A.Discontinue the digoxin.
B.Notify health care provider.
C.Administer the digoxin.
D.Reverify the digoxin level.

C Rationale: A therapeutic range for digoxin is 0.5 to 2 ng/mL (C). The digoxin should be continued to maintain a therapeutic range (C). The others actions are not indicated for a therapeutic range (A, B, and D).

The nurse is assessing a client at 20 weeks' gestation. Which measurement should be compared with the client's current weight to obtain the most accurate data about her weight gain during pregnancy?
A.Usual prepregnant weight
B.Weight at the first prenatal visit
C.Weight during previous pregnancy
D.Recommended pattern of weight gain

A Rationale: Comparing the client's current weight with her prepregnant weight (A) allows for the calculation of weight gain. By the time of the first prenatal visit (B), she may have already gained weight. (C) may not be relevant to weight gain with the current pregnancy. (D) should be evaluated based on serial weights, not just a single current weight.

When caring for an 80-year-old client with pneumonia, which finding is of most concern to the nurse?
A.Decrease in level of consciousness
B.BUN level, 20 mg/dL; creatinine level, 1.0 mg/dL
C.Reports of a dry mouth and lips
D.Fine crackles auscultated in lung bases

A Rationale: A decrease in level of consciousness is a sign of decreased oxygenation and requires immediate intervention (A). The others are expected findings (B, C, and D).

The nurse is caring for a client with respiratory distress whose arterial blood gas (ABG) results are as follows: pH, 7.33; Pco2,50 mm Hg; Po2, 70 mm Hg; HCO3, 26 mEq/L. How should the nurse interpret these results?
A.Metabolic acidosis
B.Respiratory alkalosis
C.Metabolic alkalosis
D.Respiratory acidosis

D Rationale: A pH <7.25 and Pco2 >45 mm Hg with a normal HCO3 indicates respiratory acidosis (D). The others are incorrect analyses of the ABGs (A, B, and C).

A 12-year-old boy complains to the nurse that he is "short" (4'5" ). His twin sister is 5 inches taller than he is (4'10" ). Based on these findings, what conclusion should the nurse reach?
A.The boy is not growing as normally expected.
B.The girl is experiencing a period of unexpected growth.
C.A normal growth spurt occurs in girls 1 to 2 years earlier than boys.
D.Male-female twins are not identical; therefore, their growth cannot be compared.

C Rationale: Girls experience a growth spurt at 9.5 to 14.5 years of age and boys at 10.5 to 16 years of age (C). There are insufficient data to support (A); growth trends must be assessed to reach such a conclusion. (B) is not unexpected. The fact that the children are twins has less to do with their growth than the fact that they are male and female (D).

A couple expresses concern and fear prior to having an amniocentesis to determine fetal lung maturity. To assist them in coping with this situation, which intervention is best for the nurse to implement?
A.Explain that harm to the fetus is highly unlikely.
B.Answer all their questions regarding the procedure.
C.Encourage them to verbalize their feelings.
D.Show them a video about the procedure.

B Rationale: The nurse should allay their concerns by providing information about the procedure and answering questions (B). This action assists the couple in coping with the situation. (A) may offer false reassurance. (C) alone does not resolve the couple's fears. Although (D) may be helpful, it is a passive activity, and the nurse's availability to answer questions is likely to be most helpful in calming their fears.

The nurse hears a series of long-duration, discontinuous, low-pitched sounds on auscultation of a client's lower lung fields. Which documentation of this finding is correct?
A.Fine crackles
B.Wheezes
C.Course crackles
D.Stridor

C Rationale: This sound is caused by air passing through airways that are intermittently occluded by mucus (C). Fine crackles are a series of short-duration, discontinuous, high-pitched sounds (A). Wheezes are continuous, high-pitched, musical or squeaking-type sounds (B). Stridor is a continuous croupy sound of constant pitch and indicates partial obstruction of the airway (D).

A client exhibits symptoms of alcohol intoxication. The blood alcohol level is 200 mg (0.2%). Which measurement tool is best for the nurse to use during the initial assessment of this client?
A.CAGE questionnaire for alcoholism
B.Addiction Severity Index
C.Glasgow Coma Scale
D.DSM multiaxial evaluation

C Rationale: Evaluation of level of consciousness, which is the purpose of the Glasgow Coma Scale (C), has the highest priority. (A) is useful in helping clients recognize their alcoholism. (B and D) are comprehensive assessments that should be completed after the acute phase is resolved.

In caring for a pregnant woman with gestational diabetes, the nurse should be alert to which finding?
A.A consistent fasting blood sugar level between 80 and 85 mg/dL
B.A 2-hour postprandial level greater than 120 mg/dL
C.Client reports taking a 30-minute walk after dinner
D.Client describes eating pattern of four to six meals daily

Rationale: Two-hour postprandial levels greater than 120 mg/dL may indicate the need for the initiation of insulin to maintain adequate blood glucose levels; consequently, a value greater than 120 mg/dL (B) should be assessed further. Fasting blood sugars between 80 and 85 mg/dL are normal (A). (C and D) are healthy behaviors for a women with gestational diabetes.

When blood or blood products are administered, which task can be assigned to the licensed practical nurse (LPN)?
A.Initiation of the blood product
B.Obtaining vital signs after infusion has begun
C.Assessment of client's condition prior to blood administration
D.Evaluation of client's response after receiving blood product

B Rationale: Blood and blood products must be initiated by the registered nurse (RN) (B); however, obtaining vital signs may be delegated as long as the results are evaluated by the RN. (A, C, and D) are all part of the nursing process and the scope of the RN.

A nurse is assessing a client with heart failure who has been prescribed digoxin (Lanoxin) for therapy. Which finding indicates an issue with the medication management?
A.Regular heart rate of 88 beats/min
B.Serum potassium level, 2.9 mEq/L
C.Weight decreases by 1 lb daily
D.Serum sodium level, 138 mEq/L

B Rationale: A serum potassium level of 2.9 mEq/L is low, and side effects of digoxin toxicity are exacerbated when the potassium level is low (B). (A, C, and D) are all expected findings when caring for a client with congestive heart failure.

The nurse administers atropine sulfate ophthalmic drops preoperatively to the right eye of a client scheduled for cataract surgery. Which response by the client indicates that the drug was effective?
A.The pupils become equal and reactive to light.
B.The right pupil constricts within 30 minutes.
C.Bilateral visual accommodation is restored.
D.The right pupil dilates after drop installation.

D Atropine (Isopto Atropine) is a mydriatic drug, which causes pupil dilation and paralysis in preparation for surgery or examination (D). (A, B, and C) do not describe the therapeutic effects of atropine sulfate ophthalmic drops prior to cataract surgery.

After assessing a 26-year-old client with type 1 diabetes mellitus, which data may indicate that the client is experiencing chronic complications of diabetes?
A.Blood pressure, 159/98 mm Hg
B.Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), 6%
C.Creatinine level, 1.0 mg/dL
D.Chronic sciatica

A Rationale: A blood pressure of 159/98 mm Hg is hypertensive and increases the client's risk for acute coronary syndrome and/or stroke (A). (B and C) are within defined parameters, and (D) is not a recognized chronic complication of diabetes.

Which clinical manifestation in the client with hyperthyroidism is most important to report to the health care provider?
A.Nervousness
B.Increased appetite
C.Apical heart rate of 130 beats/min
D.Insomnia

C Rationale: The apical heart rate of 130 beats/min is a critical finding that could lead to heart failure or other cardiac disorders (C). (A, B, and D) are all expected findings that should also be reported but are not as critical.

A client with type 2 diabetes has a plantar foot ulcer. When developing a teaching plan regarding foot care, what information should the nurse obtain first from the client?
A.How the client examines her feet
B.Which hypoglycemic medication she takes
C.Who lives in the home with her
D.How long she has had diabetes mellitus

A Rationale: (A) specifically relates to foot care. (B, C, and D) provide worthwhile information to obtain but do not have the importance of (A).

The nurse in the emergency department is caring for a client with type 1 diabetes mellitus in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Which action should the nurse take first?
A.Administer regular insulin IV.
B.Start an IV infusion of normal saline.
C.Check serum electrolyte levels.
D.Give a potassium supplement.

B Rationale: The patient in DKA experiences severe dehydration and must be rehydrated before insulin is administered (B). The other actions will follow rehydration (A, C, and D).

The nurse is caring for a hospitalized client with myasthenia gravis. Which finding requires the most immediate action by the nurse?
A.O2 saturation, 89%
B.Reports diplopia
C.Ptosis to left eye
D.Difficulty speaking

A Rationale: Respiratory failure is a life-threatening complication that can occur with myasthenia gravis (A). (B, C, and D) are signs of the disease but are not as life threatening as decreased oxygen saturation.

The nurse prepares to administer digoxin, 0.125 mg IV, to an adult client with atrial fibrillation. Which client datum requires the nurse to withhold the medication?
A.The apical heart rate is 64 beats/min.
B.The serum digoxin level is 1.5 ng/mL.
C.The client reports seeing yellow-green halos.
D.The potassium level is 4.0 mEq/L.

C Rationale: Reports of yellow-green halos and blurred vision are a sign of digoxin toxicity (C). The others are normal findings (A, B, and C).

The family of a male adult with schizophrenia does not want the client to be involved in decisions regarding his treatment. The nurse should inform the family that the client has a right to be involved in his treatment planning based on which law?
A.Social Security Act of 1990
B.American with Disabilities Act of 1990
C.Medicaid Act of 1965
D.Mental Health Act of 1946

B Rationale: The Americans with Disabilities Act (B) guarantees the client the right to participate in treatment planning. (A) is a federal insurance program that provides benefits to retired persons, the unemployed, and the disabled. (C) is a program for eligible individuals and/or families with low income and resources. (D) provides for public education regarding psychiatric illnesses.

The nurse assesses a pressure ulcer on a client's heel and notes full-thickness tissue loss, with some visible subcutaneous fat. How should the nurse stage this pressure ulcer?
A.Stage I
B.Stage II
C.Stage III
D.Stage IV

C Rationale: The statement above describes a stage III ulcer which is defined as full-thickness tissue loss in which subcutaneous fat may be exposed but without exposure of bone, tendon, or muscle (C). A stage I ulcer includes intact skin with nonblanchable redness of a localized area (A). A stage II ulcer is described by partial-thickness loss of dermis, including a shallow open ulcer with a pinkish red wound bed (B). Full-thickness tissue loss with exposed bone, tendon, or muscle and slough or eschar is indicative of a stage IV ulcer (D).

The nurse plans to teach blood glucose self-monitoring to a client who is newly diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 1, and the health care provider has given the client a schedule for testing. In addition to the prescribed schedule, the nurse should also instruct the client to check the blood glucose level in which circumstance?
A.Any time the client awakens during the night
B.Whenever the client has feelings of dizziness
C.Right after meals if insulin is not administered 30 minutes before the meal
D.Only at scheduled times; additional testing harmful to fingertips

B Rationale: Clients should be instructed to always check their blood glucose level whenever they feel faint or dizzy (B). There is great variability in recommendations for the frequency of blood glucose testing. When first diagnosed, clients are often advised to test before and after meals and at bedtime, and then after meals and at bedtime for a short period. Once they are stable, clients may be advised to test four times a day or as little as once each week, depending on the consistency of their diet and exercise and stability of their blood sugar level. (A, C, and D) provide inaccurate information.

A client with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has been prescribed cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) IV for therapy. Which assessment finding would need to be reported immediately to the oncologist?
A.Sores on the mouth or tongue
B.Chills, fever, and sore throat
C.Loss of appetite or weight with diarrhea
D.Changes in color of fingernails or toenails

B Rationale: Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) is an immunosuppressive drug used to treat lymphoma and puts the client at risk for infection. Signs and symptoms of an infection should be reported to the oncologist immediately (B). These are expected signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (A and C). (D) is a normal side effect of cyclophosphamide.

An older client calls the clinic and complains of feeling very weak and dizzy. Further assessment by the nurse indicates that the client self-administered an enema of 3 L of tap water because of constipation. What is the most likely cause of the client's symptoms?
A.Mucosal bleeding
B.Sodium retention
C.Fluid volume depletion
D.Water intoxication

D Rationale: Tap water is a hypotonic fluid that can leave the intestine and enter the interstitial fluid by osmosis, ultimately causing systemic water intoxication (D). This is manifested by weakness, dizziness, pallor, diaphoresis, and respiratory distress. Excessive use of enemas can cause mucosal irritation, which might result in some bleeding (A), but the client would not experience weakness and dizziness unless she was hemorrhaging. (B and C) can occur with the use of a hypertonic rather than hypotonic solution.

When caring for a client hospitalized with Guillain-Barré syndrome, which information is most important for the nurse to report to the primary health care provider?
A.Ascending numbness from the feet to the knees
B.Decrease in cognitive status of the client
C.Blurred vision and sensation changesD.
Persistent unilateral headache

B Rationale: A decline in cognitive status in a client is indicative of symptoms of hypoxia and a possible need to assist the client with mechanical ventilation. A primary health care provider will need to be contacted immediately (B). (A, C, and D) are findings associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome that should also be reported, but are not as critical as the client's hypoxic status.

The nurse is assessing suicide risk for a client recently admitted to the acute psychiatric unit. Which finding is the most significant risk factor?
A.High level of anxiety present
B.History of previous suicide attempt
C.Family history of depression
D.Self-care deficit is noted

B Rationale: A previous history of a suicide attempt is the most significant risk factor for future suicide attempts because the client has previously implemented a plan (B). The others (A, C, and D) may also be risk factors but are not as significant as a history of previous attempts.

A client who is first day postoperative after a mastectomy becomes increasingly restless and agitated. Vital signs are temperature, 100° F; pulse, 98 beats/min; respirations, 24/breaths/min; and blood pressure, 120/80 mm Hg. Which intervention should the nurse implement first?
A.Administer a PRN dose of a prescribed analgesic.
B.Assess the incision for any drainage or redness
C.Instruct the UAP to take vital signs hourly.
D.Assist the client to a more comfortable position.

B Rationale: The nurse's priority is to observe for possible hemorrhage (B). The client is at high risk for hypovolemic shock and is exhibiting early symptoms of shock. Remember, in early shock the blood pressure may be stable or increase slightly as a compensatory mechanism. If there is no obvious indication of bleeding, the client should then be assessed for the need of an analgesic (A, C, and D) should be implemented.

The nurse assesses a client who is taking indomethacin (Indocin) for arthritic pain. Which of the following is most important to report to the primary health care provider?
A.Takes medication with milk
B.Blood pressure, 104/64 mm Hg
C.Elevated liver enzyme levels
D.Hemoglobin level, 13 g/dL

C Rationale: Indomethacin is an antiinflammatory drug and can cause liver damage. Elevated liver enzyme levels indicate a complication with the drug (C). This medication should be taken with food or milk to reduce gastrointestinal (GI) side effects (A). (B and D) are normal findings.

Which statement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an example of a black box or black label warning for the drug clopidogrel (Plavix)?
A.This drug could cause heart attack or stroke when taken by patients with certain genetic conditions.
B.Clopidogrel helps prevent platelets from sticking together and forming clots in the blood.
C.This drug can be taken in combination with aspirin to reduce the risk of acute coronary syndrome.
D.Clopidogrel can reduce the risk of a future heart attack when taken by patients with peripheral artery disease.

A Rationale: A black box warning is a notice required by the FDA on a prescription drug that warns of potentially dangerous side effects (A). (B, C, and D) are all desired effects of the drug.

A primipara presents to the perinatal unit describing rupture of the membranes (ROM), which occurred 12 hours prior to coming to the hospital. An oxytocin (Pitocin) infusion is begun, and 8 hours later the client's contractions are irregular and mild. What vital sign should the nurse monitor with greater frequency than the typical unit protocol?
A.Maternal temperature
B.Fetal blood pressure
C.Maternal respiratory rate
D.Fetal heart rate

A Rationale: Maternal temperature (A) should be monitored frequently as a primary indicator of infection. This client's rupture of membranes (ROM) occurred at least 20 hours ago (12 hours before coming to the hospital, in addition to 8 hours since hospital admission). Delivery is not imminent, and there is an increased risk of the development of infection 24 hours after ROM. (B) cannot be established with standard bedside monitoring. (C) is not specifically related to ROM. (D) is always monitored during labor; this situation would not prompt the nurse to increase FHR monitoring.

A client with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) develops a painful blistering skin rash on the right lateral abdominal area. Which drug should the nurse expect to administer to treat this condition?
A.Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
B.Acyclovir sodium (Zovirax)
C.Fluconazole (Diflucan)
D.Esomeprazole (Nexium)

B Rationale: The clinical manifestations listed are consistent with herpes zoster (shingles). Acyclovir sodium is an antiviral used to treat herpes zoster or shingles (B). Levofloxacin is an antibiotic and may be used to treat pneumonia or other infections in the HIV client (A). Fluconazole is an antifungal and is used to treat candidiasis in the HIV client (C). Esomeprazole is a protein pump inhibitor used for gastroesophageal reflux disease (D).

When caring for a hospitalized child with type 1 diabetes mellitus, which intervention can the nurse delegate to the unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP)?
A.Teach the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia.
B.Assess for polydipsia, polyphasia, and polyuria.
C.Check the blood glucose level every 4 hours.
D.Evaluate the need for a snack between meals.

C Rationale: Checking the blood glucose level is a low-risk task that can be safely delegated to the UAP in most circumstances (C). Teaching, assessment, and evaluation are all within the scope of practice of the RN and should not be delegated to the UAP (A, B, and D).

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The nurse is caring for a client with a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) who is receiving enteral tube feedings. Which task performed by the UAP requires immediate intervention by the nurse?
A.Suctions oral secretions from mouth
B.Positions head of bed flat when changing sheets
C.Takes temperature using the axillary method
D.Keeps head of bed elevated at 30 degrees

B Rationale: Positioning the head of the bed flat when enteral feedings are in progress puts the client at risk for aspiration (B). The others are all acceptable tasks performed by the UAP (A, C, and D).

When caring for a postsurgical client who has undergone multiple blood transfusions, which serum laboratory finding is of most concern to the nurse?
A.Sodium level, 137 mEq/L
B.Potassium level, 5.5 mEq/L
C.Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level, 18 mg/dL
D.Calcium level, 10 mEq/L

B Rationale: Multiple blood transfusions are a risk factor for hyperkalemia. A serum potassium level higher than 5.0 mEq/L indicates hyperkalemia (B). The others are normal findings (A, C, and D).

Which vaccination should the nurse administer to a newborn?
A.Hepatitis B
B.Human papilloma virus (HPV)
C.Varicella
D.Meningococcal vaccine

A Rationale: The hepatitis B vaccination should be given to all newborns before hospital discharge (A). HPV is not recommended until adolescence (B). Varicella immunization begins at 12 months (C). Meningococcal vaccine is administered beginning at 2 years (D).

The nurse is caring for a client on the medical unit. Which task can be delegated to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP)?
A.Assess the need to change a central line dressing.
B.Obtain a fingerstick blood glucose level.
C.Answer a family member’s questions about the client’s plan of care.
D.Teach the client side effects to report related to the current medication regimen.

B Rationale: Obtaining a fingerstick blood glucose level is a simple treatment and is an appropriate skill for UAP to perform (B). (A, C, and D) are skills that cannot be delegated to UAP.

The nurse is caring for a client with an ischemic stroke who has a prescription for tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) IV. Which action(s) should the nurse expect to implement? (Select all that apply.)
A.Administer aspirin with tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA).
B.Complete the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS).
C.Assess the client for signs of bleeding during and after the infusion.
D.Start t-PA within 6 hours after the onset of stroke symptoms.
E.Initiate multidisciplinary consult for potential rehabilitation.

B,C,E Rationale: Neurologic assessment, including the NIHSS, is indicated for the client receiving t-PA. This includes close monitoring for bleeding during and after the infusion; if bleeding or other signs of neurologic impairment occur, the infusion should be stopped (B, C, and E). Aspirin is contraindicated with t-PA because it increases the risk for bleeding (A). The administration of t-PA within 6 hours of symptoms is concurrent with a diagnosis of a myocardial infarction and within 4.5 hours of symptoms is concurrent for a stroke (D).

When caring for a client in labor, which finding is most important to report to the primary health care provider?
A.Maternal heart rate, 90 beats/min.
B.Fetal heart rate, 100 beats/min
C.Maternal blood pressure, 140/86 mm Hg
D.Maternal temperature, 100.0° F

B Rationale: A fetal heart rate (FHR) of 100 beats/min may indicate fetal distress (B) because the average FHR at term is 140 beats/min and the normal range is 110 to beats/min 160. The others (A, C, and D) are normal findings for a woman in labor.

The nurse is caring for a client with heart failure who develops respiratory distress and coughs up pink frothy sputum. Which action should the nurse take first?
A.Draw arterial blood gases.
B.Notify the primary health care provider.
C.Position in a high Fowler’s position with the legs down.
D.Obtain a chest X-ray.

C Rationale: Positioning the patient in a high Fowler’s position with dangling feet will decrease further venous return to the left ventricle (C). The other actions should be performed after the change in position (A, B, and D).

A client who is prescribed chlorpromazine HCl (Thorazine) for schizophrenia develops rigidity, a shuffling gait, and tremors. Which action by the nurse is most important?A.Administer a dose of benztropine mesylate (Cogentin) PRN.
B.Determine if the client has increased photosensitivity.
C.Provide comfort measures for sore muscles.
D.Assess the client for visual and auditory hallucinations.

A Rationale: Rigidity, shuffling gait, pill-rolling hand movements, tremors, dyskinesia, and masklike face are extrapyramidal side effects associated with Thorazine. It is most important for the nurse to administer an anticholinergic such as Cogentin to reverse these effects (A). The others (B, C, D) may be appropriate interventions but are not as urgent as (A).

A nurse is interviewing a mother during a well-child visit. Which finding would alert the nurse to continue further assessment of the infant?
A.Two-month-old who is unable to roll from back to abdomen
B.Ten-month-old who cannot sit without support
C.Nine-month-old who cries when his mother leaves the room
D.Eight-month-old who has not yet begun to speak words

B Rationale: As a developmental milestone, infants should sit unsupported by 8 months (B). The milestone of rolling over is achieved at 5 to 6 months for most infants (A). Stranger anxiety is common from 7 to 9 months (C). Speaking a few words is expected at about 12 months (D).

Which intervention should be included in the plan of care for a client admitted to the hospital with ulcerative colitis?
A.Administer stool softeners.
B.Place the client on fluid restriction.
C.Provide a low-residue diet.
D.Add a milk product to each meal.

C Rationale: A low-residue diet (C) will help decrease symptoms of diarrhea, which are clinical manifestations of ulcerative colitis. (A, B, and D) are contraindicated and could worsen the condition.

The nurse is caring for a client with deep vein thrombosis who is on a continuous IV heparin infusion. The activated partial prothrombin time (aPTT) is 120 seconds. Which action should the nurse take?
A.Increase the rate of the heparin infusion using a nomogram.
B.Decrease the heparin infusion rate and give vitamin K IM.
C.Continue the heparin infusion at the current prescribed rate.
D.Stop the heparin drip and prepare to administer protamine sulfate.

D Rationale: An aPTT more than 100 seconds is a critically high value; therefore, the heparin should be stopped. The antidote for heparin is protamine sulfate (D). Increasing the rate would increase the risk for hemorrhage (A). The infusion should be stopped, and vitamin K is the antidote for warfarin (Coumadin) (B). Keeping the infusion at the current rate would increase the risk for hemorrhage (C).

While assessing a client with recurring chest pain, the unit secretary notifies the nurse that the client’s health care provider is on the telephone. What action should the nurse instruct the unit secretary to implement?
A.Transfer the call into the room of the client.
B.Instruct the secretary to explain reason for the call.
C.Ask another nurse to take the phone call.
D.Ask the health care provider to see the client on the unit.

C Rationale: Another nurse should be asked to take the phone call (C), which allows the nurse to stay at the bedside to complete the assessment of the client’s chest pain. (A and B) should not be done during an acute change in the client’s condition. Requesting the health care provider (D) to come to the unit is premature until the nurse completes assessment of the client’s status.

Which instruction(s) should the nurse include in the discharge teaching plan of a male client who has had a myocardial infarction and who has a new prescription for nitroglycerin (NTG)? (Select all that apply.)
A.Keep the medication in your pocket so that it can be accessed quickly.
B.Call 911 if chest pain is not relieved after one nitroglycerin.
C.Store the medication in its original container and protect it from light.
D.Activate the emergency medical system after three doses of medication.
E.Do not use within 1 hour of taking sildenafil citrate (Viagra).

B,C Rationale: Emergency action should be taken if chest pain is not relieved after one nitroglycerin tablet (B). The medication should be kept in the original container to protect from light (C). Keeping the medication in the shirt pocket provides an environment that is too warm (A). The newest guidelines recommend calling 911 after one nitroglycerin tablet if chest pain is not relieved (D). Nitroglycerin and other nitrates should never be taken with Viagra (E).

The nurse prepares to administer 3 units of regular insulin and 20 units of NPH insulin subcutaneously to a client with an elevated blood glucose level. Which procedure is correct?
A.Using one syringe, first insert air into the regular vial and then insert air into the NPH vial.
B.Using one syringe, add the regular insulin into the syringe and then add the NPH insulin.
C.Avoid combining the two insulins because incompatibility could cause an adverse reaction.
D.Administer the regular insulin subcutaneously and then give the NPH IV to prevent a separate stick.

B Rationale: The regular or "clear" insulin should be withdrawn into the syringe first, followed by the NPH (B). Air should first be injected into the NPH vial and then air should be inserted into the regular vial (A). NPH and regular insulin are compatible, and combining will reduce the number of injections (C). The insulin is ordered subcutaneously and NPH cannot be given IV (D).

An 8-year-old child is receiving digoxin (Lanoxin) for congestive heart failure (CHF). In assessing the child, the nurse finds that her apical heart rate is 80 beats/min, she complains of being slightly nauseated, and her serum digoxin level is 1.2 ng/mL. What action should the nurse take?
A.Because the child’s heart rate and digoxin level are within normal range, assess for the cause of the nausea.
B.Hold the next dose of digoxin until the health care provider can be notified because the serum digoxin level is elevated.
C.Administer the next dose of digoxin and notify the health care provider that the child is showing signs of toxicity.
D.Notify the health care provider that the child’s pulse rate is below normal for her age group.

A Rationale: Nausea and vomiting are early signs of digoxin toxicity. However, the normal resting heart rate for a child 8 to 10 years of age is 70 to 110 beats/min and the therapeutic range of serum digoxin levels is 0.5 to 2 ng/mL. Based on the objective data, (A) is the best of the choices provided because the serum digoxin level is within normal levels. (B) is not warranted by the data presented. The digoxin level is within the therapeutic range and the child is not showing signs of toxicity (C). The child’s pulse rate is within normal range for her age group (D).

The nurse prepares to administer acetaminophen oral suspension to a child who weighs 66 pounds. The prescription reads: Administer 15 mg/kg every 6 hours by mouth. The Tylenol is available 150 mg/5 ml. Which is the correct dosage indicated on the image?
A.30ml
B.15ml
C.10ml
D.5ml

B Rationale: 66 lb/(2.2 kg/lb) = 30 kg 30 kg × (15 mg/kg) = 450 mg (5 mL/150 mg) × 450 mg = 15 mL or (450 mg/150 mg) × 5 mL = 15 mL

When assessing the laboratory findings of a 38-year-old client with tuberculosis who is taking rifampin (Rifadin), which laboratory finding would be most important to report to the primary health care provider immediately?
A.Orange-colored urine
B.Potassium level, 4.9 mEq/L
C.Elevated liver enzyme levels
D.Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level, 12 mg/dL

C Rationale: Rifampin can cause hepatoxicity, so elevated liver enzyme levels need to be closely monitored and reported to the health care provider (C). Orange discoloration of the urine is an expected side effect of this medication (A). The potassium level (B) is normal. A BUN level of 12 mg/dL is within defined parameters (D).

A client is receiving propylthiouracil (PTU) prior to thyroid surgery. Which diagnostic test results indicate that the medication is producing the desired effect?
A.Increased hemoglobin and hematocrit levels
B.Increased serum calcium level
C.Decreased white blood cell (WBC) count
D.Decreased triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) levels

D Rationale: Propylthiouracil (PTU) is an adjunct therapy used to control hyperthyroidism by inhibiting the production of thyroid hormones (D). It is often prescribed in preparation for thyroidectomy or radioactive iodine therapy. It is does not affect (A). (B) must be monitored after surgery in case the parathyroid glands were removed, but preoperative PTU does not increase the serum calcium level. If the client has an infection preoperatively, antibiotics will be given and (C) monitored.

The nurse teaches a class on bioterrorism. Which method(s) of transmission is(are) possible with the biologic agent Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax)? (Select all that apply.)
A.Inhalation of powder form
B.Handling of infected animals
C.Spread from person to person through coughing
D.Eating undercooked meat from infected animals
E.Direct cutaneous contact with the powder

A,B,D,E Rationale: Anthrax can be transmitted by the inhalation, cutaneous, and digestive routes (A, B, D, and E); however, the disease is not spread from person to person (C).

The nurse assesses a woman in the emergency room who is in her third trimester of pregnancy. Which finding(s) is(are) indicative of abruptio placentae? (Select all that apply.)
A.Dark red vaginal bleeding
B.Rigid boardlike abdomen
C.Soft abdomen on palpation
D.Complaints of severe abdominal pain
E.Painless bright red vaginal bleeding

A,B,D Rationale: These are all signs of abruptio placentae (A, B, and D). The others are signs of placenta previa (C and E).

Which vital sign in a pediatric client is most important to report to the primary health care provider?
A.Newborn with a heart rate of 140 beats/min
B.Three-year-old with a respiratory rate of 28 breaths/min
C.Six-year-old with a heart rate of 130 beats/min
D.Twelve-year-old with a respiratory rate of 16 breaths/min

C Rationale: The normal heart rate for a 6- to 10-year-old is 70 to 110 beats/min (C). The others are all within normal range for those ages (A, B, and D).

Which finding should be reported to the primary health care provider when caring for a client who has a continuous bladder irrigation after a transurethral resection of the prostate gland (TURP)?
A.The client reports a continuous feeling of needing to void.
B.Urinary drainage is pink 24 hours after surgery.
C.The hemoglobin level is 8.4 g/dL 3 days postoperatively.
D.Sterile saline is being used for bladder irrigation.

C Rationale: A hemoglobin level of 8.4 g/dL is abnormally low and may indicate hemorrhage (C). The others are all expected findings after a TURP (A, B, and D).

Which of the following cardiac rhythms is represented in the image?
A.Normal sinus rhythm
B.Sinus tachycardia
C.Ventricular fibrillation
D.Atrial fibrillation

C Rationale: Ventricular fibrillation (C) is a life-threatening arrhythmia characterized by irregular undulations of varying amplitudes. (A, B, and D) are not represented in the image.

An adult client with a medical diagnosis of substance abuse and schizophrenia was recently switched from oral fluphenazine HCl (Prolixin) to IM fluphenazine decanoate (Prolixin Decanoate) because of medication noncompliance. What should the nurse teach the client and family about this change in medication regimen?
A.Long-acting medication is more effective than daily medication.
B.A client with substance abuse must not take any oral medications.
C.There will continue to be a risk of alcohol and drug interaction.
D.Support groups are only helpful for substance abuse treatment.

C Rationale: Alcohol enhances the side effects of Prolixin. The half-life of Prolixin PO is 8 hours, whereas the half-life of the Prolixin Decanoate IM is 2 to 4 weeks. Therefore, the side effects of drinking alcohol are far more severe when the client drinks alcohol after taking the long-acting Prolixin Decanoate IM (C). (A, B, and D) provide incorrect information.

A client comes to the obstetric clinic for her first prenatal visit and complains of feeling nauseated every morning. The client tells the nurse, "I’m having second thoughts about wanting to have this baby." Which response is best for the nurse to make?
A."It’s normal to feel ambivalent about a pregnancy when you are not feeling well."
B."I think you should discuss these feelings with your health care provider."
C."How does the father of your child feel about your having this baby?"
D."Tell me about these second thoughts you are having about this pregnancy."

D Rationale: Although ambivalence is normal during the first trimester, (D) is the best nursing response at this time. It is reflective and keeps the lines of communication open. (A) is not the best response because it offers false reassurance. (B) dismisses the client’s feelings. The nurse should use communication skills that encourage this type of discussion, not shift responsibility to the care provider. (C) may eventually be discussed, but it is not the most important information to obtain at this time.

A nurse performs an initial admission assessment of a 56-year-old client. Which factor(s) would indicate that the client is at risk for metabolic syndrome? (Select all that apply.)
A.Abdominal obesity
B.Sedentary lifestyle
C.History of hypoglycemia
D.Hispanic or Asian ethnicity
E.Increased triglycerides

A,B,D,E Rationale: Metabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that increase the risk for coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke (A, B, D, and E). Hypoglycemia is not a risk factor for metabolic syndrome (C).

The nurse administers regular insulin (human), 8 units subcutaneously, to a client at 8:00 am, 30 minutes before breakfast. At what time is the client most at risk for a hypoglycemic reaction?
A.9:30 am
B.10:30 am
C.12:00 pm
D.3:00 pm

B Rationale: Regular insulin is short-acting and peaks between 2 and 3 hours after administration (B). The client is most at risk for a hypoglycemic reaction during the peak times. (A, C, and D) are not high-risk times for the client to experience hypoglycemia because they do not fall within the peak time.

Which intervention is most important when caring for a client immediately after electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?A.Reorient the client to surroundings.
B.Assess blood pressure every 15 minutes.
C.Determine if muscle soreness is present.
D.Maintain a patent airway.

D Rationale: The client is typically unconscious immediately following ECT, and nausea is a common side effect. The nurse should take measures to prevent aspiration and maintain a patent airway (D). Patients may be confused after ECT (A), but reorientation is not as high a priority as the airway. Although vital signs should be assessed, the airway is a higher priority (B). Muscle soreness is an expected finding after ECT (C).

The nurse prepares to administer ophthalmic drops to a client prior to cataract surgery. List the steps in the order that they should be implemented from first step to final step.
A. Drop prescribed number of drops into conjunctival sac.
B. Wash hands and apply clean gloves.
C. Place dominant hand on the client’s forehead.
D. Ask the client to close the eye gently.

A. C, B, A, D
B. B, C, A, D
C. A, B, D, C
D. A, C, B, D

B Rationale: Washing hands and applying gloves prior to procedure initiation prevents the spread of infection (B). Placing the dominant hand on the client’s forehead (C) stabilizes the hand so the nurse can hold the dropper 1 to 2 cm above the conjunctival sac and drop the prescribed number of drops (A); asking the client to close the eye gently helps distribute the medication (D).

A client with bipolar disorder is seen in the mental health clinic for evaluation of a new medication regimen that includes risperidone (Risperdal). The nurse notes that the client has gained 30 lb in the past 3 months. Which assessment is most important for the nurse to obtain?
A.Compliance with medication regimen
B.Current thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level
C.Occurrence of mania or depression
D.A 24-hour diet and exercise recall

A Rationale: Medication compliance (A) is most important for the treatment of psychotic disorders and, because Risperdal is associated with weight gain, it is probable that the client is complying with the treatment plan. The TSH level (B) indicates thyroid function, which regulates basal metabolic rate and influences weight. It is important to obtain information about occurrences of mania and depression (C) since the last visit, but if the client is compliant with the medication regimen, these symptoms are likely to have been controlled. Diet and exercise (D) should also be assessed, but weight gain is a likely indicator of medication compliance.

The nurse is caring for a client with chronic renal failure (CRF) who is receiving dialysis therapy. Which nursing intervention has the greatest priority when planning this client’s care?
A.Palpate for pitting edema.
B.Provide meticulous skin care.
C.Administer phosphate binders.
D.Monitor serum potassium levels.

D Rationale: Clients with CRF are at risk for electrolyte imbalances, and imbalances in potassium can be life threatening (D). One sign of fluid retention is pitting edema (A), but it is an expected symptom of renal failure and is not as high a priority as (D). (B and C) are common nursing interventions for CRF but not as high a priority as (D).

A client is admitted with a diagnosis of leukemia. This condition is manifested by which of the following?
A.Fever, elevated white blood count, elevated platelets
B.Fatigue, weight loss and anorexia, elevated red blood cells
C.Hyperplasia of the gums, elevated white blood count, weakness
D.Hypocellular bone marrow aspirate, fever, decreased hemoglobin level

C Rationale: Hyperplastic gums, weakness, and elevated white blood count are classic signs of leukemia (C). (A, B, and D) state incorrect information for symptoms of leukemia.

Which monitored pattern of fetal heart rate alerts the nurse to seek immediate intervention by the health care provider?
A.Accelerations in response to fetal movement
B.Early decelerations in the second stage of labor
C.Fetal heart rate of 130 beats/min between contractions
D.Late decelerations with absent variability and tachycardia

D Rationale: Late decelerations indicate uteroplacental insufficiency and can be indicative of complications. When occurring with absent variability and tachycardia, the situation is ominous (D). 130 beats/min is an expected heart rate (C). The others are not as critical (A and B).

Which disaster management intervention by the nurse is an example of primary prevention?
A.Emergency department triage
B.Follow-up care for psychological problems
C.Education of rescue workers in first aid
D.Treatment of clients who are injured

C Rationale: Primary prevention is aimed at preventing disease or injury. Training rescue workers prior to a disaster is an example of minimizing or preventing injury (C). (A) is an example of secondary prevention. (B) is an example of tertiary prevention. (D) is an example of secondary prevention.

The nurse is caring for a client who is experiencing severe pain. The expected outcome the nurse writes for the client reads, "The client will state my pain is less than 2 within 45 minutes after pain medication has been administered." Formulating the expected outcome is an example of which step in the nursing process?
A.Assessment
B.Planning
C.Implementation
D.Evaluation

B Rationale: Planning (B) allows the nurse to set goals for care and elicit the expected outcome by identifying appropriate nursing actions. Assessment, implementation, and evaluation are part of the care for the client but are not the appropriate actions for formulating the expected outcome (A, C, and D).

The nurse is planning the care for a client who is admitted with syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH). Which intervention(s) should the nurse include in this client’s plan of care? (Select all that apply.)
A.Salt-free diet
B.Quiet environment
C.Deep tendon reflex assessments
D.Neurologic checks
E.Daily weights

B,C,D,E Rationale: Correct responses are (B, C, D, and E). SAIDH results in water retention and dilutional hyponatremia, which causes neurologic changes when serum sodium levels are less than 115 mEq/L. The nurse should maintain a quiet environment (B) to prevent overstimulation and assess deep tendon reflexes (C) and perform neurologic checks (D) to monitor for neurologic deterioration. Daily weights (E) should be monitored to assess for fluid overload. (A) would contribute to dilutional hyponatremia.

A client in the psychiatric setting with an anxiety disorder reports chest pain. Which action should the nurse take first?
A.Administer an antianxiety medication PRN.
B.Assess the client’s vital signs.
C.Notify the primary health care provider.
D.Determine coping mechanisms used in the past.

B Rationale: Although increased heart rate, palpitations, and chest pain may be caused by anxiety, it is important that the nurse assess the patient and rule out physiologic causes (B). Nonpharmacologic measures should be taken first (A). (C and D) may be considered but are not as high priority as the initial physiologic assessment.

The charge nurse observes a student nurse enter the room of a client who is prescribed airborne precautions. The application of which personal protective equipment by the student indicates a correct understanding of this precaution?
A.Surgical mask, clean gloves, and gown
B.Properly fitted N95 respirator or mask
C.Sterile gloves and gown
D.Goggles, clean gloves, and gown

B Rationale: The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for airborne precautions includes a properly prefitted N95 respirator or mask (B). (A, C and D) do not provide the appropriate respiratory equipment for airborne precautions. A surgical mask is used for preventing transmission of droplet precautions.

The nurse empties a client’s urinary drainage from an indwelling Foley catheter. Which finding should be reported to the primary health care provider?
A.Ammonia odor is noted when the catheter is emptied.
B.240 mL of urinary output is produced in 12 hours.
C.A 16-French catheter was used for an adult female.
D.Drainage system is hanging below the level of the bladder.

B Rationale: An expected finding is between 400 and 750 mL in 12 hours = average of 30 mL/hr (B). Ammonia odor is an expected finding (A). Size 14- to 18-French catheters are common sizes used in the adult female (C). Below the level of the bladder is the correct position for the drainage bag (D).

An adult female who presents at the mental clinic trembling and crying becomes distressed when the nurse attempts to conduct an assessment. She complains about the number of questions that are being asked, which she is convinced are going to cause her to have a heart attack. What action should the nurse take?
A.Take the client’s blood pressure and reassure her that questioning will not cause a heart attack.
B.Explain that treatment is based on information obtained in the assessment.
C.Encourage the client to relax so that she can provide the information requested.
D.Empower the client to share her story of why she is here at the mental health clinic.

D Rationale: The client is exhibiting signs of moderate anxiety, which include voice tremors, shakiness, somatic complaints, and selective inattention. (D) is the best method for addressing this client’s level of anxiety by creating a shared understanding of the client’s concerns. Although assessment of her blood pressure (A) might be a worthwhile intervention, reassuring her that questioning will not cause a heart attack (A) is argumentative. (B) suggests that treatment cannot be provided without the information, which is manipulative. Asking the client to relax (C) is likely to increase her anxiety.

Which information is most concerning to the nurse when caring for an older client with bilateral cataracts?
A.States having difficulty with color perception
B.Presents with opacity of the lens upon assessment
C.Complains of seeing a cobweb-type structure in the visual field
D.Reports the need to use a magnifying glass to see small print

C Rationale: Visualization of a cobweb- or hairnet-type structure is a sign of a retinal detachment, which constitutes a medical emergency. Clients with cataracts are at increased risk for retinal detachment (C). Distorted color perception (A), opacity of the lens (B), and gradual vision loss (D) are expected signs and symptom of cataracts, but do not need immediate attention.

Which intervention(s) should be performed by the nurse when caring for a woman in the fourth stage of labor? (Select all that apply.)
A.Maintain bed rest for the first 6 hours after delivery.
B.Palpate and massage the fundus to maintain firmness.
C.Have client empty bladder if fundus is above umbilicus.
D.Check perineal pad for color and consistency of lochia.
E.Apply ice pack or witch hazel compresses to the perineum.

B,D,E Rationale: The fundus should be palpated and massaged frequently to prevent hemorrhage (B). The lochia should be assessed to detect for hemorrhage (D) and ice packs and witch hazel can decrease edema and discomfort (E). Bed rest is only recommended for the first 2 hours (A). A full bladder is suspected if the fundus is deviated to the right or left of the umbilicus (C).

The nurse prepares to administer amoxicillin clavulanate potassium (Augmentin) to a child weighing 15 kg. The prescription is for 15 mg/kg every 12 hours by mouth. How many milliliters should the nurse administer when supplied as below?
A.0.5
B.1.8
C.5
D.9

D Rationale:15 mg/kg × 15 kg = 225 mg to be administered Supply = 125 mg/5 mL (5 mL/125 mg) × 225 mg = 9 mL or (225 mg/125 mg) × 5 ml = 9 mL

Which data obtained during a respiratory assessment for a 78-year-old client is most important to report to the primary health care provider?
A.Auscultation of vesicular breath sounds
B.Pulse oximetry reading of 89%
C.Arterial Pao2 of 86%
D.Resonance on percussion of the lungs

B Rationale: An oxygen saturation lower than 90% indicates hypoxia (B). (A, C, and D) are all normal findings.

When caring for a client with a tracheostomy, which intervention should the nurse delegate to the unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP)?
A.Teach the family about signs and symptoms of hypoxia.
B.Take the vital signs and obtain an O2 saturation level.
C.Evaluate the need for tracheal suctioning.
D.Revise the plan of care to include tracheostomy care.

B Rationale: The nurse may delegate obtaining vital signs and O2 saturation; however, the nurse is responsible for following up on any reported data (B). (A, C, and D) are all part of the nursing process and should not be delegated under the nurse’s scope of practice.

The nurse is caring for a client who develops ventricular fibrillation. Which action should the nurse take first?
A.Administer epinephrine.
B.Defibrillate immediately.
C.Bolus with isotonic fluid.
D.Notify the health care provider.

B Rationale: Defibrillation is the first and most effective emergency treatment for ventricular fibrillation (B). The others may follow the first action (A, C, and D).

A client at 32 weeks of gestation is hospitalized with preeclampsia, and magnesium sulfate is prescribed to control the symptoms. Before the next dose of MgSO4 is given, which assessment finding indicates that the patient is at risk for toxicity?
A.Deep tendon reflexes—decrease to 2+
B.100 mL of urine output in 4 hours
C.Respiratory rate decreases to 16 breaths/min
D.Serum magnesium level, 7.5 mg/dL

B Rationale: Magnesium sulfate, a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, helps prevent seizures, so (A) is a positive sign that the medication is having a desired effect. The minimum urine output expected for a repeat dose of magnesium sulfate is 30 mL/hr, so 100 mL of urine in 4 hours can lead to poor excretion of magnesium, with a possible cumulative effect (B). A decreased respiratory rate (C) indicates that the drug is effective. A respiratory rate below 12 breaths/min indicates toxic effects. The therapeutic level of magnesium sulfate for a PIH client is 4 to 8 mg/dL (D).

The nurse walks into the room and observes the client experiencing a tonic-clonic seizure. Which intervention should the nurse implement first?
A.Restrain the client to protect from injury.
B.Flex the neck to ensure stabilization.
C.Use a tongue blade to open the airway.
D.Turn client on the side to aid ventilation.

D Rationale: Maintaining airway during a seizure is priority for safety (D). (A, B, and C) are contraindicated during a seizure and may cause further injury to the client.

When assessing safety for the older adult, which of the following is of highest priority to the nurse?
A.The client has a cataract in the right eye.
B.The client is not married and lives alone.
C.The client lives in a two-story building.
D.The client reports a history of repeated falls.

D Rationale: Risk assessment for falls is a critical element in caring for the older adult. (A, B, and C) are important components in assessing client risk, but a history of prior falls puts the older client at very high risk for falling again (D).

The nurse expects a clinical finding of cyanosis in an infant with which condition(s)? (Select all that apply.)
A.Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
B.Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA)
C.Coarctation of the aorta
D.Tetralogy of Fallot
E.Transposition of the great vessels

D,E Rationale: Both tetralogy of Fallot and transposition of the great vessels are classified as cyanotic heart disease, in which unoxygenated blood is pumped into the systemic circulation, causing cyanosis (D and E). The others are all abnormal cardiac conditions, but are classified as acyanotic and involve left-to-right shunts, increased pulmonary blood flow, or obstructive defects. (A, B, and C).

A nurse implements an education program to reduce hospital readmissions for clients with heart failure. Which statement by the client indicates that teaching has been effective?
A."I will not take my digoxin if my heart rate is higher than 100 beats/min."
B."I should weigh myself once a week and report any increases."
C."It is important to increase my fluid intake whenever possible."
D."I should report an increase of swelling in my feet or ankles."

D Rationale: An increase in edema indicates worsening right-sided heart failure and should be reported to the primary health care provider (D). Digitalis should be held when the heart rate is lower than 60 beats/min (A). The client with heart failure should weigh himself or herself daily and report a gain of 2 to 3 lb (B). An increase in fluid can worsen heart failure (C).

Which action by the nurse is consistent with culturally competent care?
A.Treating each client the same regardless of race or religion
B.Ensuring that all Native American clients have access to a shaman
C.Understanding one’s own world view in addition to the client’s
D.Including the family in the plan of care for older clients

C The nurse should understand his or her own values and views to prevent those values from being imparted to others, in addition to understanding the client’s cultural views (C). Treating every client the same or assuming that all clients share the same values does not exhibit cultural competence or sensitivity (A, B, and D).

The nurse enters the examination room of a client who has been told by her health care provider that she has advanced ovarian cancer. Which response by the nurse is likely to be most supportive for the client?
A."I know many women who have survived ovarian cancer."
B."Let’s talk about the treatments of ovarian cancer."
C."In my opinion I would suggest getting a second opinion."
D."Tell me about what you are feeling right now."

D Rationale: The most therapeutic action for the nurse is to be an active listener and to encourage the client to explore her feelings (D). Giving false reassurance or personal suggestions are not therapeutic communication for the client (A, B, and C).

A client in an acute psychiatric setting asks the nurse if their conversations will remain confidential. How should the nurse respond?
A."The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prevents me from repeating what you say."
B."You can be assured that I will keep all of our conversations confidential because it is important that you can trust me."
C."For your safety and well-being, it may be necessary to share some of our conversations with the health care team."
D."I am legally required to document all of our conversations in the electronic medical record."

C Rationale: Some information, such as a suicide plan, must be shared with other team members for the client’s safety and optimal therapy (C). HIPAA does not prevent a member of the health care team from repeating all conversations, particularly if safety is an issue (A). Ensuring a client that a conversation will remain confidential puts the nurse at risk, particularly if safety is an issue (B). Although pertinent information should be documented, the nurse is not legally required to document all conversations with a client (D).

A 45-year-old female client is admitted to the psychiatric unit for evaluation. Her husband states that she has been reluctant to leave home for the last 6 months. The client has not gone to work for a month, has been terminated from her job, and has not left the house since that time. This client is displaying symptoms of which disorder?
A.Claustrophobia
B.Acrophobia
C.Agoraphobia
D.Necrophobia

C Rationale: Agoraphobia (C) is the fear of crowds or of being in an open place. (A) is the fear of being in closed places. (B) is the fear of high places. (D) is an abnormal fear of death or bodies after death. A phobia is an unrealistic fear associated with severe anxiety.

The nurse reviews the comprehensive metabolic panel for a client with an electrolyte imbalance. Which data requires the most immediate intervention by the nurse?
A.Potassium level, 3.9 mEq/dL
B.Creatinine level,1.1 mg/dL
C.Sodium level, 125 mEq/L
D.Calcium level, 9 mg/dL

C Rationale: The normal serum sodium level is 135 to 145 mEq/L (C). This value indicates hyponatremia. Symptoms of hyponatremia include nausea and vomiting, headache, confusion, and seizures, which can be severe and need immediate attention. (A, B, and D) are all within normal parameters.

The nurse anticipates administering Rho(D) immune globulin (RhoGAM) to which individual(s)? (Select all that apply.)
A.An Rh-negative woman who has had a miscarriage at 24 weeks
B.The father of a baby of an Rh-positive fetus
C.An Rh-negative mother after delivery of an Rh-positive infant with a negative direct Coombs’ test
D.An Rh-positive infant within 72 hours after birth
E.An Rh-negative mother with a negative antibody titer at 28 weeks

A,C,E Rationale: (A, C, and E) are all candidates for RhoGAM. RhoGAM should never be given to an infant or father (B and D).

Which nursing intervention should be implemented postoperatively in an infant with spina bifida after repair of a meningocele?
A.Limit fluids to prevent infection to the surgical site.
B.Place the infant in the prone position.
C.Provide a low-residue diet to limit bowel movements.
D.Cover sac with a moist sterile dressing.

B Rationale: The infant should be placed in the prone position to alleviate pressure on the surgical site, which is in the sacrum (B). Fluids should be increased postoperatively to prevent dehydration (A). A high-fiber diet should be implemented to prevent constipation (C). After the repair, the sac is no longer exposed, so (D) does not apply.

Which intervention(s) should the nurse implement when administering a new prescription of amitriptyline HCl (Elavil) to a client with a depressive disorder? (Select all that apply.)
A.Explain that therapeutic effects should be achieved within 1 to 3 days.
B.Administer at bedtime to minimize sedative effects.
C.Give 1 hour after the administration of isocarboxazid (Marplan).
D.Take blood pressure prior to and after administration.
E.Assess for adverse reactions such as dry mouth and blurred vision.

B,D,E Rationale: The drug causes sedation, so it should be given at bedtime (B). Cardiovascular adverse reactions include orthostatic hypotension; therefore, the blood pressure should be assessed (D). This drug can cause anticholinergic effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, and urinary retention (E). The drug takes 2 to 6 weeks to achieve therapeutic effects (A). All monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors such as isocarboxazid should be discontinued 1 to 3 weeks prior to the administration of Elavil (C).

When administering an intramuscular injection, which factor is most important to ensure the best medication absorption?
A.Compress the syringe plunger quickly.
B.Select a small-gauge needle.
C.Inject the needle at a 90-degree angle.
D.Select a small-diameter syringe.

C Rationale: Injecting the needle at a 90-degree angle allows the medication to be injected into the muscle so that appropriate absorption can occur (C). Too rapid injection of the medication (A) may be painful and may cause medication leakage and reduced absorption. (B) will reduce injection discomfort but will not affect absorption. A syringe barrel that is too small (D) increases the pressure during the injection and may traumatize tissue without improving medication absorption.

When assessing a normal newborn, which finding(s) should the nurse expect? (Select all that apply.)
A.Umbilical cord contains one vein and two arteries
B.Slightly edematous labia in the female newborn
C.Absence of Babinski reflex
D.Presence of white plaques on the cheeks and tongue
E.Nasal flaring noted with respirations

A,B Rationale: These are normal findings (A and B). The others indicate abnormalities or complications and should be reported to the primary health care provider (C, D, and E).

The outpatient clinic nurse is reviewing phone messages from last night. Which client should the nurse call back first?
A.An 18-year-old woman who had a positive pregnancy test and wants advice on how to tell her parents
B.A woman with type 1 diabetes who has just discovered she is pregnant and is worried about her fingerstick glucose
C.A women at 24 weeks of gestation crying about painful genital lesions on the vulva and urinary frequency
D.A women at 30 weeks of gestation who has been diagnosed with mild preeclampsia and is unable to relieve her heartburn

D Rationale: The women with epigastric pain should be called first (D). One of the cardinal signs of eclampsia, a life-threatening complication of pregnancy, is epigastric pain. (A, B, and C) are less serious and should be called after (D).

The charge nurse is making assignments for the upcoming shift. Which client is most appropriate to assign to the licensed practical nurse (LPN)?
A.A client with nausea who needs a nasogastric tube inserted
B.A client in hypertensive crisis who needs titration of IV nitroglycerin
C.
A newly admitted client who needs to have a plan of care established
D.A client who is ready for discharge who needs discharge teaching

A Rationale: This client has a need for a skill that is within the scope of practice for the LPN (A). Titration of an IV drip, establishing care plans, and discharge teaching are within the scope of practice of a registered nurse (RN) and are not delegated (B, C, and D).

A nurse working in a community health setting is performing primary health screenings. Which individual is at highest risk for contracting an HIV infection?
A.A 17-year-old who is sexually active with numerous partners
B.A 45-year-old lesbian who has been sexually active with two partners in the past year
C.A 30-year-old cocaine user who inhales the drug and works in a topless bar
D.A 34-year-old male homosexual who is in a monogamous relationship

A Rationale: (A) is at greatest risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, because the greater the number of sexual partners, the greater the risk for contracting an STD. (B) comprises the group of lowest infected persons because there is little transfer of body fluid during sexual acts. (C), who free-bases, would not be sharing needles, so contracting an STD is not necessarily a risk. A male homosexual in a monogamous relationship has a decreased risk of contracting HIV as long as both partners are monogamous and neither is infected (D).

The charge nurse reviews the charting of a graduate nurse. Which indicates a need for further education on documentation?
A.Uses descriptive words such as "gurgling" to describe breath sounds
B.Records temperature 30 minutes before and after giving acetaminophen
C.Charts some actions in advance of performing them
D.Includes the client’s response to an intervention

C Rationale: Charting actions prior to implementing them is an example of fraudulent charting and the graduate nurse should receive further education (C). (A, B, and D) are appropriate charting examples.

A client is receiving substitution therapy during withdrawal from benzodiazepines. Which expected outcome statement has the highest priority when planning nursing care?
A.Client will not demonstrate cross addiction.
B.Codependent behaviors will be decreased.
C.Excessive CNS stimulation will be reduced.
D.The client will demonstrate an increased level of consciousness.

C Rationale: Substitution therapy with another CNS depressant is intended to decrease the excessive CNS stimulation that can occur during benzodiazepine withdrawal (C). (A, B, and D) are all appropriate outcome statements for the client described but do not have the priority of (C).

A client is admitted to a mental health unit because of mild depression. When asked, he denies suicidal ideation, but the nurse reads in the psychosocial assessment that there were attempts to overdose on aspirin 5 years earlier. Which intervention is most important for the nurse to implement?
A.Orient the client to activities on the unit.
B.Document suicide precautions on the shift report.
C.Assign the client to a semiprivate room.
D.Obtain a verbal no-suicide contract with the client.

C Rationale: It is most important to prevent the risk of self-harm from social isolation, so the client should be assigned to a semiprivate room (C). (A) does not have the priority of (C). (B and D) can be implemented if the client admits suicidal ideation. However, based on the fact that this client is mildly depressed and that he attempted suicide 5 years ago using a method that is usually nonlethal (aspirin overdose), it is most important to prevent social isolation.

A client is admitted to the hospital with the diagnosis of hypokalemia. Which clinical manifestation is most significant?
A.Heart palpitations
B.Leg cramps
C.Nausea
D.Tetany

A Rationale: Hypokalemia can cause heart palpitations, which are indicative of a dysrhythmia that could progress to a medical emergency (A). (B and C) are also of concern but are not as life threatening. (D) is a symptom of hypocalcemia.

A nurse working in the emergency department admits a client with full-thickness burns to 50% of the body. Assessment findings indicate high-pitched wheezing, heart rate of 120 beats/min, and disorientation. Which action should the nurse take first?
A.Insert a large-bore IV for fluid resuscitation.
B.Prepare to assist with maintaining the airway.
C.Cleanse the wounds using sterile technique.
D.Administer an analgesic for pain.

B Rationale: High-pitched wheezing indicates laryngeal stridor, a sign of laryngeal edema associated with lung injury. Airway management is the first priority of care (B). (A, C, and D) are all appropriate interventions in managing the client with a burn but are not as critical as establishing an airway.

The nurse prepares to administer digoxin (Lanoxin), 0.125 mg PO, to an adult client with heart failure and notes that the digoxin serum level in the laboratory report is 1 ng/mL. Which action should the nurse take?
A.Discontinue the digoxin.
B.Notify health care provider.
C.Administer the digoxin.
D.Reverify the digoxin level.

C Rationale: A therapeutic range for digoxin is 0.5 to 2 ng/mL (C). The digoxin should be continued to maintain a therapeutic range (C). The others actions are not indicated for a therapeutic range (A, B, and D).

The nurse is assessing a client at 20 weeks’ gestation. Which measurement should be compared with the client’s current weight to obtain the most accurate data about her weight gain during pregnancy?
A.Usual prepregnant weight
B.Weight at the first prenatal visit
C.Weight during previous pregnancy
D.Recommended pattern of weight gain

A Rationale: Comparing the client’s current weight with her prepregnant weight (A) allows for the calculation of weight gain. By the time of the first prenatal visit (B), she may have already gained weight. (C) may not be relevant to weight gain with the current pregnancy. (D) should be evaluated based on serial weights, not just a single current weight.

When caring for an 80-year-old client with pneumonia, which finding is of most concern to the nurse?
A.Decrease in level of consciousness
B.BUN level, 20 mg/dL; creatinine level, 1.0 mg/dL
C.Reports of a dry mouth and lips
D.Fine crackles auscultated in lung bases

A Rationale: A decrease in level of consciousness is a sign of decreased oxygenation and requires immediate intervention (A). The others are expected findings (B, C, and D).

The nurse is caring for a client with respiratory distress whose arterial blood gas (ABG) results are as follows: pH, 7.33; Pco2,50 mm Hg; Po2, 70 mm Hg; HCO3, 26 mEq/L. How should the nurse interpret these results?
A.Metabolic acidosis
B.Respiratory alkalosis
C.Metabolic alkalosis
D.Respiratory acidosis

D Rationale: A pH <7.25 and Pco2 >45 mm Hg with a normal HCO3 indicates respiratory acidosis (D). The others are incorrect analyses of the ABGs (A, B, and C).

A 12-year-old boy complains to the nurse that he is "short" (4’5" [53 inches]). His twin sister is 5 inches taller than he is (4’10" [58 inches]). Based on these findings, what conclusion should the nurse reach?
A.The boy is not growing as normally expected.
B.The girl is experiencing a period of unexpected growth.
C.A normal growth spurt occurs in girls 1 to 2 years earlier than boys.
D.Male-female twins are not identical; therefore, their growth cannot be compared.

C Rationale: Girls experience a growth spurt at 9.5 to 14.5 years of age and boys at 10.5 to 16 years of age (C). There are insufficient data to support (A); growth trends must be assessed to reach such a conclusion. (B) is not unexpected. The fact that the children are twins has less to do with their growth than the fact that they are male and female (D).

A couple expresses concern and fear prior to having an amniocentesis to determine fetal lung maturity. To assist them in coping with this situation, which intervention is best for the nurse to implement?
A.Explain that harm to the fetus is highly unlikely.
B.Answer all their questions regarding the procedure.
C.Encourage them to verbalize their feelings.
D.Show them a video about the procedure.

B Rationale: The nurse should allay their concerns by providing information about the procedure and answering questions (B). This action assists the couple in coping with the situation. (A) may offer false reassurance. (C) alone does not resolve the couple’s fears. Although (D) may be helpful, it is a passive activity, and the nurse’s availability to answer questions is likely to be most helpful in calming their fears.

The nurse hears a series of long-duration, discontinuous, low-pitched sounds on auscultation of a client’s lower lung fields. Which documentation of this finding is correct?
A.Fine crackles
B.Wheezes
C.Course crackles
D.Stridor

C Rationale: This sound is caused by air passing through airways that are intermittently occluded by mucus (C). Fine crackles are a series of short-duration, discontinuous, high-pitched sounds (A). Wheezes are continuous, high-pitched, musical or squeaking-type sounds (B). Stridor is a continuous croupy sound of constant pitch and indicates partial obstruction of the airway (D).

A client exhibits symptoms of alcohol intoxication. The blood alcohol level is 200 mg (0.2%). Which measurement tool is best for the nurse to use during the initial assessment of this client?
A.CAGE questionnaire for alcoholism
B.Addiction Severity Index
C.Glasgow Coma Scale
D.DSM multiaxial evaluation

C Rationale: Evaluation of level of consciousness, which is the purpose of the Glasgow Coma Scale (C), has the highest priority. (A) is useful in helping clients recognize their alcoholism. (B and D) are comprehensive assessments that should be completed after the acute phase is resolved.

In caring for a pregnant woman with gestational diabetes, the nurse should be alert to which finding?
A.A consistent fasting blood sugar level between 80 and 85 mg/dL
B.A 2-hour postprandial level greater than 120 mg/dL
C.Client reports taking a 30-minute walk after dinner
D.Client describes eating pattern of four to six meals daily

Rationale: Two-hour postprandial levels greater than 120 mg/dL may indicate the need for the initiation of insulin to maintain adequate blood glucose levels; consequently, a value greater than 120 mg/dL (B) should be assessed further. Fasting blood sugars between 80 and 85 mg/dL are normal (A). (C and D) are healthy behaviors for a women with gestational diabetes.

When blood or blood products are administered, which task can be assigned to the licensed practical nurse (LPN)?
A.Initiation of the blood product
B.Obtaining vital signs after infusion has begun
C.Assessment of client’s condition prior to blood administration
D.Evaluation of client’s response after receiving blood product

B Rationale: Blood and blood products must be initiated by the registered nurse (RN) (B); however, obtaining vital signs may be delegated as long as the results are evaluated by the RN. (A, C, and D) are all part of the nursing process and the scope of the RN.

A nurse is assessing a client with heart failure who has been prescribed digoxin (Lanoxin) for therapy. Which finding indicates an issue with the medication management?
A.Regular heart rate of 88 beats/min
B.Serum potassium level, 2.9 mEq/L
C.Weight decreases by 1 lb daily
D.Serum sodium level, 138 mEq/L

B Rationale: A serum potassium level of 2.9 mEq/L is low, and side effects of digoxin toxicity are exacerbated when the potassium level is low (B). (A, C, and D) are all expected findings when caring for a client with congestive heart failure.

The nurse administers atropine sulfate ophthalmic drops preoperatively to the right eye of a client scheduled for cataract surgery. Which response by the client indicates that the drug was effective?
A.The pupils become equal and reactive to light.
B.The right pupil constricts within 30 minutes.
C.Bilateral visual accommodation is restored.
D.The right pupil dilates after drop installation.

D Atropine (Isopto Atropine) is a mydriatic drug, which causes pupil dilation and paralysis in preparation for surgery or examination (D). (A, B, and C) do not describe the therapeutic effects of atropine sulfate ophthalmic drops prior to cataract surgery.

After assessing a 26-year-old client with type 1 diabetes mellitus, which data may indicate that the client is experiencing chronic complications of diabetes?
A.Blood pressure, 159/98 mm Hg
B.Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), 6%
C.Creatinine level, 1.0 mg/dL
D.Chronic sciatica

A Rationale: A blood pressure of 159/98 mm Hg is hypertensive and increases the client’s risk for acute coronary syndrome and/or stroke (A). (B and C) are within defined parameters, and (D) is not a recognized chronic complication of diabetes.

Which clinical manifestation in the client with hyperthyroidism is most important to report to the health care provider?
A.Nervousness
B.Increased appetite
C.Apical heart rate of 130 beats/min
D.Insomnia

C Rationale: The apical heart rate of 130 beats/min is a critical finding that could lead to heart failure or other cardiac disorders (C). (A, B, and D) are all expected findings that should also be reported but are not as critical.

A client with type 2 diabetes has a plantar foot ulcer. When developing a teaching plan regarding foot care, what information should the nurse obtain first from the client?
A.How the client examines her feet
B.Which hypoglycemic medication she takes
C.Who lives in the home with her
D.How long she has had diabetes mellitus

A Rationale: (A) specifically relates to foot care. (B, C, and D) provide worthwhile information to obtain but do not have the importance of (A).

The nurse in the emergency department is caring for a client with type 1 diabetes mellitus in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Which action should the nurse take first?
A.Administer regular insulin IV.
B.Start an IV infusion of normal saline.
C.Check serum electrolyte levels.
D.Give a potassium supplement.

B Rationale: The patient in DKA experiences severe dehydration and must be rehydrated before insulin is administered (B). The other actions will follow rehydration (A, C, and D).

The nurse is caring for a hospitalized client with myasthenia gravis. Which finding requires the most immediate action by the nurse?
A.O2 saturation, 89%
B.Reports diplopia
C.Ptosis to left eye
D.Difficulty speaking

A Rationale: Respiratory failure is a life-threatening complication that can occur with myasthenia gravis (A). (B, C, and D) are signs of the disease but are not as life threatening as decreased oxygen saturation.

The nurse prepares to administer digoxin, 0.125 mg IV, to an adult client with atrial fibrillation. Which client datum requires the nurse to withhold the medication?
A.The apical heart rate is 64 beats/min.
B.The serum digoxin level is 1.5 ng/mL.
C.The client reports seeing yellow-green halos.
D.The potassium level is 4.0 mEq/L.

C Rationale: Reports of yellow-green halos and blurred vision are a sign of digoxin toxicity (C). The others are normal findings (A, B, and C).

The family of a male adult with schizophrenia does not want the client to be involved in decisions regarding his treatment. The nurse should inform the family that the client has a right to be involved in his treatment planning based on which law?
A.Social Security Act of 1990
B.American with Disabilities Act of 1990
C.Medicaid Act of 1965
D.Mental Health Act of 1946

B Rationale: The Americans with Disabilities Act (B) guarantees the client the right to participate in treatment planning. (A) is a federal insurance program that provides benefits to retired persons, the unemployed, and the disabled. (C) is a program for eligible individuals and/or families with low income and resources. (D) provides for public education regarding psychiatric illnesses.

The nurse assesses a pressure ulcer on a client’s heel and notes full-thickness tissue loss, with some visible subcutaneous fat. How should the nurse stage this pressure ulcer?
A.Stage I
B.Stage II
C.Stage III
D.Stage IV

C Rationale: The statement above describes a stage III ulcer which is defined as full-thickness tissue loss in which subcutaneous fat may be exposed but without exposure of bone, tendon, or muscle (C). A stage I ulcer includes intact skin with nonblanchable redness of a localized area (A). A stage II ulcer is described by partial-thickness loss of dermis, including a shallow open ulcer with a pinkish red wound bed (B). Full-thickness tissue loss with exposed bone, tendon, or muscle and slough or eschar is indicative of a stage IV ulcer (D).

The nurse plans to teach blood glucose self-monitoring to a client who is newly diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 1, and the health care provider has given the client a schedule for testing. In addition to the prescribed schedule, the nurse should also instruct the client to check the blood glucose level in which circumstance?
A.Any time the client awakens during the night
B.Whenever the client has feelings of dizziness
C.Right after meals if insulin is not administered 30 minutes before the meal
D.Only at scheduled times; additional testing harmful to fingertips

B Rationale: Clients should be instructed to always check their blood glucose level whenever they feel faint or dizzy (B). There is great variability in recommendations for the frequency of blood glucose testing. When first diagnosed, clients are often advised to test before and after meals and at bedtime, and then after meals and at bedtime for a short period. Once they are stable, clients may be advised to test four times a day or as little as once each week, depending on the consistency of their diet and exercise and stability of their blood sugar level. (A, C, and D) provide inaccurate information.

A client with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has been prescribed cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) IV for therapy. Which assessment finding would need to be reported immediately to the oncologist?
A.Sores on the mouth or tongue
B.Chills, fever, and sore throat
C.Loss of appetite or weight with diarrhea
D.Changes in color of fingernails or toenails

B Rationale: Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) is an immunosuppressive drug used to treat lymphoma and puts the client at risk for infection. Signs and symptoms of an infection should be reported to the oncologist immediately (B). These are expected signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (A and C). (D) is a normal side effect of cyclophosphamide.

An older client calls the clinic and complains of feeling very weak and dizzy. Further assessment by the nurse indicates that the client self-administered an enema of 3 L of tap water because of constipation. What is the most likely cause of the client’s symptoms?
A.Mucosal bleeding
B.Sodium retention
C.Fluid volume depletion
D.Water intoxication

D Rationale: Tap water is a hypotonic fluid that can leave the intestine and enter the interstitial fluid by osmosis, ultimately causing systemic water intoxication (D). This is manifested by weakness, dizziness, pallor, diaphoresis, and respiratory distress. Excessive use of enemas can cause mucosal irritation, which might result in some bleeding (A), but the client would not experience weakness and dizziness unless she was hemorrhaging. (B and C) can occur with the use of a hypertonic rather than hypotonic solution.

When caring for a client hospitalized with Guillain-Barré syndrome, which information is most important for the nurse to report to the primary health care provider?
A.Ascending numbness from the feet to the knees
B.Decrease in cognitive status of the client
C.Blurred vision and sensation changesD.
Persistent unilateral headache

B Rationale: A decline in cognitive status in a client is indicative of symptoms of hypoxia and a possible need to assist the client with mechanical ventilation. A primary health care provider will need to be contacted immediately (B). (A, C, and D) are findings associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome that should also be reported, but are not as critical as the client’s hypoxic status.

The nurse is assessing suicide risk for a client recently admitted to the acute psychiatric unit. Which finding is the most significant risk factor?
A.High level of anxiety present
B.History of previous suicide attempt
C.Family history of depression
D.Self-care deficit is noted

B Rationale: A previous history of a suicide attempt is the most significant risk factor for future suicide attempts because the client has previously implemented a plan (B). The others (A, C, and D) may also be risk factors but are not as significant as a history of previous attempts.

A client who is first day postoperative after a mastectomy becomes increasingly restless and agitated. Vital signs are temperature, 100° F; pulse, 98 beats/min; respirations, 24/breaths/min; and blood pressure, 120/80 mm Hg. Which intervention should the nurse implement first?
A.Administer a PRN dose of a prescribed analgesic.
B.Assess the incision for any drainage or redness
C.Instruct the UAP to take vital signs hourly.
D.Assist the client to a more comfortable position.

B Rationale: The nurse’s priority is to observe for possible hemorrhage (B). The client is at high risk for hypovolemic shock and is exhibiting early symptoms of shock. Remember, in early shock the blood pressure may be stable or increase slightly as a compensatory mechanism. If there is no obvious indication of bleeding, the client should then be assessed for the need of an analgesic (A, C, and D) should be implemented.

The nurse assesses a client who is taking indomethacin (Indocin) for arthritic pain. Which of the following is most important to report to the primary health care provider?
A.Takes medication with milk
B.Blood pressure, 104/64 mm Hg
C.Elevated liver enzyme levels
D.Hemoglobin level, 13 g/dL

C Rationale: Indomethacin is an antiinflammatory drug and can cause liver damage. Elevated liver enzyme levels indicate a complication with the drug (C). This medication should be taken with food or milk to reduce gastrointestinal (GI) side effects (A). (B and D) are normal findings.

Which statement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an example of a black box or black label warning for the drug clopidogrel (Plavix)?
A.This drug could cause heart attack or stroke when taken by patients with certain genetic conditions.
B.Clopidogrel helps prevent platelets from sticking together and forming clots in the blood.
C.This drug can be taken in combination with aspirin to reduce the risk of acute coronary syndrome.
D.Clopidogrel can reduce the risk of a future heart attack when taken by patients with peripheral artery disease.

A Rationale: A black box warning is a notice required by the FDA on a prescription drug that warns of potentially dangerous side effects (A). (B, C, and D) are all desired effects of the drug.

A primipara presents to the perinatal unit describing rupture of the membranes (ROM), which occurred 12 hours prior to coming to the hospital. An oxytocin (Pitocin) infusion is begun, and 8 hours later the client’s contractions are irregular and mild. What vital sign should the nurse monitor with greater frequency than the typical unit protocol?
A.Maternal temperature
B.Fetal blood pressure
C.Maternal respiratory rate
D.Fetal heart rate

A Rationale: Maternal temperature (A) should be monitored frequently as a primary indicator of infection. This client’s rupture of membranes (ROM) occurred at least 20 hours ago (12 hours before coming to the hospital, in addition to 8 hours since hospital admission). Delivery is not imminent, and there is an increased risk of the development of infection 24 hours after ROM. (B) cannot be established with standard bedside monitoring. (C) is not specifically related to ROM. (D) is always monitored during labor; this situation would not prompt the nurse to increase FHR monitoring.

A client with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) develops a painful blistering skin rash on the right lateral abdominal area. Which drug should the nurse expect to administer to treat this condition?
A.Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
B.Acyclovir sodium (Zovirax)
C.Fluconazole (Diflucan)
D.Esomeprazole (Nexium)

B Rationale: The clinical manifestations listed are consistent with herpes zoster (shingles). Acyclovir sodium is an antiviral used to treat herpes zoster or shingles (B). Levofloxacin is an antibiotic and may be used to treat pneumonia or other infections in the HIV client (A). Fluconazole is an antifungal and is used to treat candidiasis in the HIV client (C). Esomeprazole is a protein pump inhibitor used for gastroesophageal reflux disease (D).

When caring for a hospitalized child with type 1 diabetes mellitus, which intervention can the nurse delegate to the unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP)?
A.Teach the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia.
B.Assess for polydipsia, polyphasia, and polyuria.
C.Check the blood glucose level every 4 hours.
D.Evaluate the need for a snack between meals.

C Rationale: Checking the blood glucose level is a low-risk task that can be safely delegated to the UAP in most circumstances (C). Teaching, assessment, and evaluation are all within the scope of practice of the RN and should not be delegated to the UAP (A, B, and D).

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