# NCLEX-RN Exam Prep Entry-level RN

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NCLEX-RN Exam Prep Entry-level RN
Congratulations! Created by Professor Jill Ray Revised by Professor Brenda Rowe

Types of Questions: The infamous “NCLEX question”
Multiple-choice Fill in the Blank usually a drug calculation, math problem Multiple response select all that apply. Note that these will be clearly marked. The regular multiple-choice won’t “let” you select more than one response. Drag & drop: order, sequence Figure, illustration, hot spot

NCLEX-RN (1) How many milliliters should the
nurse document as the client’s intake? Source: The nurse is completing the intake and output record for a client who had an abdominal cholecystectomy 2 days ago. The client has had the following intake and output during the shift. Intake 4 oz of orange juice ½ serving of scrambled eggs 6 oz of water ½ cup of fruit-flavored gelatin 1 cup of chicken broth 400 cc of 0.45% sodium chloride (half-strength saline), IV Output 1,000 ml of urine 120 ml of drainage from the T-tube

Difficulty swallowing Cyanosis Choking sensation
Signs and symptoms of postthyroidectomy respiratory obstruction vary with the degree of severity. Which early sign(s) and symptoms (s) would the nurse expect with pending respiratory distress? Select all that apply Hoarseness of voice Stridor Difficulty swallowing Cyanosis Choking sensation

Difficulty swallowing Choking sensation 3 & 5
Signs and symptoms of postthyroidectomy respiratory obstruction vary with the degree of severity. Which early sign (s) and symptoms (s) would the nurse expect with pending respiratory distress? Select all that apply Hoarseness of voice - common after this surgery Stridor - late Difficulty swallowing Cyanosis - late Choking sensation 3 & 5

Pediatric:SMitchell:04.04
A patient is to receive a 250 mL unit of packed red blood cells to infuse over two hours. The blood administration set has a drip factor of 10gtt/ml. What is the flow rate in drops per minute? Answer:____________________________________ Pediatric:SMitchell:04.04

Unordered Options Ordered Response Toddlers Adolescence Infancy
The nurse is preparing a staff education program about the stages of childhood development. Place the stages listed below in ascending chronological order. Use all the options. Unordered Options Ordered Response Toddlers Adolescence Infancy School Age Preschooler Source:

A heparin drip is being administered at a rate of 18 ml/hour
A heparin drip is being administered at a rate of 18 ml/hour. The bag of fluid has 25,000 units of heparin in 500 ml of saline. How many units of heparin is the client receiving per hour?

900 units per hour (this mixture gives you 50 units of heparin in 1 ml
900 units per hour (this mixture gives you 50 units of heparin in 1 ml. 50 units x 18 ml/hour = 900 units/hour

The nurse is performing a cardiac assessment on a client
The nurse is performing a cardiac assessment on a client. Identify the area where the nurse should place the stethoscope to best auscultate the mitral valve.

Contain the fire. Remove the patient from the room.
You enter your patient’s room and discover a fire. Place your actions in the appropriate order. Unordered Options Ordered Response Contain the fire. Remove the patient from the room. Activate the alarm. Extinguish the fire.

Information: NCLEX-RN Including Alternate Item Format Questions

Test Taking Strategies
Critical Thinking Creativity Problem solving Decision making Never one right answer that is always correct in every situation. Select the safest nursing judgment among the listed options.

General Test-taking Rules
Identify the topic of the question Select an answer by eliminating choices Do not use background information unless absolutely necessary. Do not read into the question. Remember this is TEXTBOOK NURSING.

Eliminating choices Once the choice is eliminated…don’t go back to it!!!!! Look for options that include same idea & the eliminate – answer that is different is correct

A monoamine oxidase inhibitor is prescribed for the client
A monoamine oxidase inhibitor is prescribed for the client. The nurse instructs the client that which of the following is a sign/symptom of toxicity related to the use of this medication? Restlessness Feeling of fatigue Lack of energy Lethargy

A monoamine oxidase inhibitor is prescribed for the client
A monoamine oxidase inhibitor is prescribed for the client. The nurse instructs the client that which of the following is a sign/symptom of toxicity related to the use of this medication? Restlessness Feeling of fatigue Lack of energy Lethargy

Background information
Find the question…what is it really asking? Only use the background information if it is needed to find the right answer. Look for key word: best, first, initial, most likely, least likely

A client with cardiac disease turns on his call light and tells the nurse he is experiencing chest pain. What is the first nursing action? Begin oxygen administration Listen to heart sounds for ectopic beats Auscultate breath sounds and maintain airway. Determine what the client was doing before onset of pain.

A client with cardiac disease turns on his call light and tells the nurse he is experiencing chest pain. What is the first nursing action? Begin oxygen administration Listen to heart sounds for ectopic beats Auscultate breath sounds and maintain airway. Determine what the client was doing before onset of pain.

Do not read into the question
The information provided in the question is all you need. If you ask yourself, “What if….” you are reading into the question. Read the stem carefully before you read the answer choices. Try to determine what the question is asking before you read the answer choices. If you can’t figure out what the question is asking – then look to the alternatives for clues.

A GREAT NCLEX Review question…
A woman during the transition phase of labor complains of lightheadedness and a tingling sensation in her fingers. Which of the following actions should the nurse take next? Have the woman breathe into a paper bag held tightly against her mouth and nose. Encourage the woman to pant and blow with the next contraction. Instruct the woman to take a cleansing breath and refocus her concentration. Tell the woman to pant three times and exhale against pursed lips.

What was going on with this pt?
She was in labor – but the s/s were of hyperventilation…what do you do when someone hyperventilates?

A woman during the transition phase of labor complains of lightheadedness and a tingling sensation in her fingers. Which of the following actions should the nurse take next? Have the woman breathe into a paper bag held tightly against her mouth and nose. Encourage the woman to pant and blow with the next contraction. Instruct the woman to take a cleansing breath and refocus her concentration. Tell the woman to pant three times and exhale against pursed lips.

Textbook Nursing One patient….you have all the time in the world for that one patient. Do not rely on the experiences you have had working as a nurse tech. Pick the most right of the choices given.

More specific techniques…
Are the answers a mix of Assessments and Interventions? If so, do you have adequate assessment information to intervene? If all appropriate interventions – use Maslow to select which is most appropriate to do first. Note that if the situation described is an emergency an intervention will most likely be the correct response.

Pain…. Psychosocial need…usually will address after the physical needs are met. The answer might be pain if Sudden increase in the level of pain (acute, sudden pain) Pain is not controlled by the pain med

The nurse prioritizes her morning schedule to assess which of the following clients first?
A young adult with complaints of severe back pain. An adult admitted to the unit with acute pancreatitis complaining of unrelenting abdominal pain. An older client who complains of foot and ankle pain. A newly admitted client who complains of jaw pain and indigestion.

A newly admitted client who complains of jaw pain and indigestion.
The nurse prioritizes her morning schedule to assess which of the following clients first? A young adult with complaints of severe back pain. An adult admitted to the unit with acute pancreatitis complaining of unrelenting abdominal pain. An older client who complains of foot and ankle pain. A newly admitted client who complains of jaw pain and indigestion.

Psychosocial vs Physical Needs
In general – eliminate the psychosocial choices, then prioritize the physical alternatives.

Use ABC’s to prioritize physical needs
Airway Breathing Circulation

Watch out for tricks… Oxygen…Respiratory
Communication – avoid choices with “I”. Many times there will be more than one right answer…watch out for “which action should the nurse take first…”; “Which of the following is an early sign of …” etc.

A patient is admitted with a diagnosis of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Preoperatively, which goal is MOST important for the nurse to include in the plan of care? Fluid replacement Pain relief Emotional support Aerosol Treatment

Fluid replacement… physical or psychosocial
Pain relief… physical or psychosocial? Emotional support….physical or psychosocial? Aerosol therapy… physical or psychosocial?

Absolute words All Always Every Must None Never Only

Delegation What tasks must be performed by an RN?
Teaching Assessment Most invasive interventions (irrigations…) What tasks are delegated to a NA, UAP, CAN, CP? Routine, unchanging tasks. What can an LPN, LVN do?

Pyramid Points Do not take antacids with meds
Do not crush enteric-coated and sustained-release meds ( could have SR in the name) Pt should never suddenly stop a med Nurse never adjusts a med dose.. Pt avoid over-the-counter meds unless approved by MD Avoid alcohol & smoking Never administer the med if order is difficult to read or unclear. Many patients have digestive problems asso with milk products

Basic Care and Comfort

The nurse sees smoke coming from the nurse’s lounge
The nurse sees smoke coming from the nurse’s lounge. Sequence her actions below in the order in which they should be performed. Close the door to the nurses’ lounge. Move the patients who are in the rooms closest to the lounge to the other end of the hallway. Ask the ward secretary to call a Code Red (fire). Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire and sweep from side to side.

2,3,1,4 Close the door to the nurses’ lounge.
The nurse sees smoke coming from the nurse’s lounge. Sequence her actions below in the order in which they should be performed. Close the door to the nurses’ lounge. Move the patients who are in the rooms closest to the lounge to the other end of the hallway. Ask the ward secretary to call a Code Red (fire). Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire and sweep from side to side. 2,3,1,4

2. Which of the following would require a nursing intervention?
The client’s family has brought in a blow-dryer just purchased at Wal-Mart for her to use while in the hospital. A nursing student has unplugged the IMED pump as she prepares to clean the device. The client has brought in a two-prong extension cord so that he can move his clock radio closer to his bed. The CNA has used the unit’s three-prong extension cord to plug in the intermittent pulsatile compression device for an immobilized client. The cord is running along the left side of the client’s bed. The client was transferred to the acute care setting for follow up treatment for chest pain. She has brought a fan with her that she used at the long term care facility.

2. Which of the following would require a nursing intervention?
The client’s family has brought in a blow-dryer just purchased at Wal-Mart for her to use while in the hospital. A nursing student has unplugged the IMED pump as she prepares to clean the device. The client has brought in a two-prong extension cord so that he can move his clock radio closer to his bed. The CNA has used the unit’s three-prong extension cord to plug in the intermittent pulsatile compression device for an immobilized client. The cord is running along the left side of the client’s bed. The client was transferred to the acute care setting for follow up treatment for chest pain. She has brought a fan with her that she used at the long term care facility. 1, 3, 4, & 5 * * * *

The client’s family has brought in a blow-dryer just purchased at Wal-Mart for her to use while in the hospital. Must be approved by facility… A nursing student has unplugged the IMED pump as she prepares to clean the device. The client has brought in a two-prong extension cord so that he can move his clock radio closer to his bed. Three-prongs required on all electrical devices. The CNA has used the unit’s three-prong extension cord to plug in the sequential compression device for an immobilized client. The cord is running along the left side of the client’s bed. Must secure with electrical tape. The client was transferred to the acute care setting for follow up treatment for chest pain. She has brought a fan with her that she used at the long term care facility Must be approved by facility

Which actions described below would be appropriate when caring for a client with a radioactive implant? The RN organizes the client’s care so that all tasks are done during one visit to the client’s room. The RN delegates all tasks related to this client’s care to the nurse extern (a senior nursing student) who is working on her team. The RN sits on the side of the bed as she informs the client about lab results that are not “good”. The RN wears a lead apron whenever she is in the client’s room.

The RN organizes the client’s care so that all tasks are done during one visit to the client’s room. Too much time in room The RN delegates all tasks related to this client’s care to the nurse extern (a senior nursing student) who is working on her team. Inadequate knowledge base, experience 3. The RN sits on the side of the bed as she informs the client about lab results that are not “good”. Too close!!! 4. The RN wears a lead apron whenever she is in the client’s room.

4. Physical restraints are being used to keep a client from climbing out of bed. Which of the following are true statements re: restraints? Restraints can be ordered prn. The MD order for restraints stands for the remainder of the time the client is in the hospital. No further orders are needed. Skin integrity and neurovascular checks should be performed every 30 minutes while the restraint is in place. Restraints should be removed every four hours as the client is assisted to perform ROM exercises.

1. Restraints can be ordered prn.
NEVER! Must include type, client behavior that mandates, time frame for use. 2. The MD order for restraints stands for the remainder of the time the client is in the hospital. No further orders are needed. Order must be renewed within a specified time frame. 3. Skin integrity and neurovascular checks should be performed every 30 minutes while the restraint is in place. 4. Restraints should be removed every four hours as the client is assisted to perform ROM exercises. Every two hours.

Which of the following is recommended in a case of expected poisoning?
Rush victim to the nearest Emergency Department. Induce vomiting, then call the Poison Control Center. Save all vomitus and deliver to the Poison Control Center. Induce vomiting immediately if a household cleaner is the expected poison.

Save all vomitus and deliver to the Poison Control Center.
Which of the following is recommended in a case of expected poisoning? Rush victim to the nearest Emergency Department. Induce vomiting, then call the Poison Control Center. Save all vomitus and deliver to the Poison Control Center. Induce vomiting immediately if a household cleaner is the expected poison.

Which of the following clients would be placed on airborne precautions?
7 year old who is neutropenic. 22 year old who is HIV+. 18 year old with varicella (Chickenpox). 35 year old with MRSA.

18 year old with varicella (Chickenpox).
Which of the following clients would be placed on airborne precautions? 7 year old who is neutropenic. 22 year old who is HIV+. 18 year old with varicella (Chickenpox). 35 year old with MRSA.

Which of the following describes the proper way to maintain droplet precautions during client transport? A client on droplet precautions would never be allowed to leave his room. The nurse transporting the client should wear a gown, glove, mask. The client is covered with a sheet. The client is required to wear a non-rebreathing mask during transport. The client should wear a mask during transport.

The client should wear a mask during transport.
Which of the following describes the proper way to maintain droplet precautions during client transport? A client on droplet precautions would never be allowed to leave his room. The nurse transporting the client should wear a gown, glove, mask. The client is covered with a sheet. The client is required to wear a non-rebreathing mask during transport. The client should wear a mask during transport.

Which client described below would be at highest risk of developing Anthrax?
A postal worker with impetigo opens an envelope with the Bacillus anthracis toxin inside. A postman with COPD delivers a box that has the Bacillus anthracis toxin inside. A public high school lunch lady serves food that has been contaminated with the Bacillus anthracis. A mother hugs her child after learning that the child has Anthrax.

Which client described below would be at highest risk of developing Anthrax?
A postal worker with impetigo opens an envelop with the Bacillus anthracis toxin inside. A postman with COPD delivers a box that has the Bacillus anthracis toxin inside. A public high school lunch lady serves food that has been contaminated with the Bacillus anthracis. A mother hugs her child after learning that the child has Anthrax.

The client has had 100 mg of Demerol ordered IM
The client has had 100 mg of Demerol ordered IM. The medication is available in a 1 gm vial that contains 0.1gm/ml. Administer ___ ml of medication.

100mg/xml = 100mg/1ml X = 1 ml .1G=100mg 100mg/xml = .1G/ml 1G=1000mg
.1G = Xmg? .1G=100mg

500 mg of Drug A has been ordered
500 mg of Drug A has been ordered. This medication is supplied as unscored 1gm tablets. Which of the following actions is indicated ? Administer half a tablet. Contact the MD. Administer one tablet. Hold the medication.

500 mg of Drug A has been ordered
500 mg of Drug A has been ordered. This medication is supplied as unscored 1gm tablets. Which of the following actions is indicated ? Administer half a tablet. Contact the MD. Administer one tablet. Hold the medication.

Which of the following is a true statement?
3 ml is the maximum amount that should be administered into one IM site. 2 ml is the maximum amount that should be administered into one sq site. The tuberculin syringe holds 10 ml of solution. Insulin may be administered using any 1 ml syringe.

Which of the following is a true statement?
3 ml is the maximum amount that should be administered into one IM site. 2 ml is the maximum amount that should be administered into one sq site. 1ml The tuberculin syringe holds 10 ml of solution. 1ml Insulin may be administered using any 1 ml syringe. Only insulin syringes

The 1000ml IV solution is to infuse over an 8 hour time period
The 1000ml IV solution is to infuse over an 8 hour time period. Calculate drops per minute if a minidrip or pedidrip(60 gtts/ml) is being used. 50 gtts/minute 75 gtts/minute 100 gtts/minute 125 gtts/minute

The 1000ml IV solution is to infuse over an 8 hour time period
The 1000ml IV solution is to infuse over an 8 hour time period. Calculate drops per minute if a minidrip or pedidrip(60 gtts/ml) is being used. 50 gtts/minute 75 gtts/minute 100 gtts/minute 125 gtts/minute

The MD has prescribed heparin sodium (liquaemin) 1000 units per hour by continuous IV infusion. The pharmacy prepares the medication and delivers an IV bag with 10,000 units per 100 ml. The nurse sets the infusion pump at how many ml per hr to deliver the prescribed dose? 10 ml/hr 15 ml/hr 20 ml/hr 25 ml/hr

The MD has prescribed heparin sodium (liquaemin) 1000 units per hour by continuous IV infusion. The pharmacy prepares the medication and delivers an IV bag with 10,000 units per 100 ml. The nurse sets the infusion pump at how many ml per hr to deliver the prescribed dose? 10 ml/hr 15 ml/hr 20 ml/hr 25 ml/hr 100 units per ml units/1ml = 1000units/xml.

A nurse in the Emergency Room discovers an adult unconscious on the floor in the waiting area. What action should she take first? Call a code. Place the client in a supine position. Use the head tilt method to open the airway. Shake the client gently and shout, “Are you OK?”.

Shake the client gently and shout, “Are you OK?”.
A nurse in the Emergency Room discovers an adult unconscious on the floor in the waiting area. What action should she take first? Call a code. Place the client in a supine position. Use the head tilt method to open the airway. Shake the client gently and shout, “Are you OK?”.

Which of the following is not one of the ABCDs of Basic Life Support?
Document the steps of the process. Open the airway. Assess for the pulse. Attach the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) leads to the victim.

Document the steps of the process.
Which of the following is not one of the ABCDs of Basic Life Support? Document the steps of the process. Open the airway. Assess for the pulse. Attach the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) leads to the victim.

What is the appropriate compression/ventilation ratio for one person BLS (CPR)?
30 compressions to 1 ventilation 30 compressions to 2 ventilations 15 compressions to 1 ventilation 15 compressions to 2 ventilations.

30 compressions to 2 ventilations
What is the appropriate compression/ventilation ratio for one person BLS (CPR)? 30 compressions to 1 ventilation 30 compressions to 2 ventilations 15 compressions to 1 ventilation 15 compressions to 2 ventilations.

What is the proper way to check for a pulse for a victim who is 4 years old?
Carotid artery Cardiac apex Brachial artery Radial artery

What is the proper way to check for a pulse for a victim who is 4 years old?
Carotid artery Cardiac apex Brachial artery Radial artery Less than 1 year use the brachial; older than 1 year use the carotid.

The Automatic External Defibrillator should not be used on which of the following clients?
58 year old male with Cardiovascular disease 72 year old female with a significant history of CVA. 6 year old with asthma 28 year old with a history of a seizure disorder.

The Automatic External Defibrillator should not be used on which of the following clients?
58 year old male with Cardiovascular disease 72 year old female with a significant history of CVA. 6 year old with asthma 28 year old with a history of a seizure disorder. Not recommended on: a child less than 8 years of age a child who weighs less than 25 kg.

Which of the following is a true statement about the nurse’s role in obtaining informed consent?
The nurse who receives the client in the holding area of the OR is responsible for obtaining informed consent. The nurse assigned to the client 24 hours before the surgery is responsible for obtaining informed consent for the surgical procedure. The circulating nurse is responsible for obtaining informed consent only if an outpatient surgical procedure is performed. The nurse is responsible for ensuring that informed consent has been obtained by the MD prior to the surgical procedure.

Which of the following is a true statement about the nurse’s role in obtaining informed consent?
The nurse who receives the client in the holding area of the OR is responsible for obtaining informed consent. The nurse assigned to the client 24 hours before the surgery is responsible for obtaining informed consent for the surgical procedure. The circulating nurse is responsible for obtaining informed consent only if an outpatient surgical procedure is performed. The nurse is responsible for ensuring that informed consent has been obtained by the MD prior to the surgical procedure.

When should NSAIDs be discontinued if a client is scheduled for a surgical procedure?
2 weeks preop 48 hours preop 24 hours preop 6 hours preop

When should NSAIDs be discontinued if a client is scheduled for a surgical procedure?
2 weeks preop 48 hours preop 24 hours preop 6 hours preop

The client has just experienced a wound dehiscence
The client has just experienced a wound dehiscence. He tells the nurse that he felt something “pop” and then began to experience excruciating pain. Sequence the actions the nurse should take in this situation. Notify the MD Lower the client’s head. Cover the area with a sterile saline dressing Administer prn antiemetics.

2,3,1,4 Notify the MD Lower the client’s head.
The client has just experienced a wound dehiscence. He tells the nurse that he felt something “pop” and then began to experience excruciating pain. Sequence the actions the nurse should take in this situation. Notify the MD Lower the client’s head. Cover the area with a sterile saline dressing Administer prn antiemetics. 2,3,1,4

Which of the following clients should not be positioned in semi-Fowler’s position?
A client who is post op Laryngectomy A client post op mastectomy A client diagnosed with gastro esophageal reflux disease A client who has suffered a head injury

Limiting fluid intake to prevent volume overload and heart failure.
Which of the following nursing actions will facilitate medical therapy for a client with COPD? Limiting fluid intake to prevent volume overload and heart failure. Oral and endotracheal suctioning as necessary. Instructing the client in deep breathing and coughing techniques and pursed-lip exhalations. Maintenance of bed rest and actvity restrictions to reduce acidosis.

Which of the following nursing actions will facilitate medical therapy for a client with COPD?
Limiting fluid intake to prevent volume overload and heart failure. Oral and endotracheal suctioning as necessary. Instructing the client in deep breathing and coughing techniques and pursed-lip exhalations. Maintenance of bed rest and activity restrictions to reduce acidosis.

A client diagnosed with gastro esophageal reflux disease
Which of the following clients should not be positioned in semi-Fowler’s position? A client who is post op Laryngectomy A client post op mastectomy A client diagnosed with gastro esophageal reflux disease reverse trendelenburg 4. A client who has suffered a head injury

The nurse is teaching a student nurse to insert a nasogastic tube
The nurse is teaching a student nurse to insert a nasogastic tube. Which of the following describes the most appropriate method to use to verify tube placement? Insert 5-10 ml of air into the tube and listen for a rush of air in the stomach. Place the end of the tube in a glass of water and assess for bubbling. Aspirate gastric content to check for pH. Obtain an X-ray.

Aspirate gastric content to check for pH.
The nurse is teaching a student nurse to insert a nasogastic tube. Which of the following describes the most appropriate method to use to verify tube placement? Insert 5-10 ml of air into the tube and listen for a rush of air in the stomach. Place the end of the tube in a glass of water and assess for bubbling. Aspirate gastric content to check for pH. If use this method pH should be 4 or less 4. Obtain an X-ray. Saunders states that radiography is most reliable method to determine placement.

The nurse is supervising a student as she administers a tube feeding
The nurse is supervising a student as she administers a tube feeding. The nurse would intervene if she observed which of the following: The student nurse elevates the head of the bed to 90 degrees. The student nurse aspirates for residuals, measures the residual, checks the pH of the residuals, then discards the residuals. The students nurse assesses for the presence of bowel sounds. The student nurse warms the feeding to room temperature, then begins the feeding.

The nurse is supervising a student as she administers a tube feeding
The nurse is supervising a student as she administers a tube feeding. The nurse would intervene if she observed which of the following: The student nurse elevates the head of the bed to 90 degrees. The student nurse aspirates for residuals, measures the residual, checks the pH of the residuals, then discards the residuals. The students nurse assesses for the presence of bowel sounds. The student nurse warms the feeding to room temperature, then begins the feeding.

Which of the following medications could be administered via a nasogastric tube?
Enteric coated ASA Contact ER Liquid Tylenol Tussin SR

Which of the following medications could be administered via a nasogastric tube?
Enteric coated ASA Contact ER Liquid Tylenol Tussin SR

An endotracheal tube has just been inserted
An endotracheal tube has just been inserted. What action should be performed first? Assess for bilateral breath sounds Call for a chest x-ray Obtain an arterial blood gas Administer prn for pain.

Assess for bilateral breath sounds
An endotracheal tube has just been inserted. What action should be performed first? Assess for bilateral breath sounds Call for a chest x-ray Obtain an arterial blood gas Administer prn for pain.

The nurse is supervising a student nurse as she cares for a client with a chest tube to water seal drainage via a Pleur-Evac drainage system. Which action below would necessitate an intervention by the nurse? The student nurse measures drainage by emptying the contents of the Drainage Collection Chamber. The student nurse checks to ensure that the drainage tubes are free of kinks. The student nurse checks the water seal chamber for bubbling. The student nurse checks the fluid volume in the suction control chamber.

The nurse is supervising a student nurse as she cares for a client with a chest tube to water seal drainage via a Pleur-Evac drainage system. Which action below would necessitate an intervention by the nurse? The student nurse measures drainage by emptying the content of the Drainage Collection Chamber. The student nurse checks to ensure that the drainage tubes are free of kinks. The student nurse checks the water seal chamber for bubbling. The student nurse checks the fluid volume in the suction control chamber.

The nurse finds that the client’s Pleur-Evac is cracked and leaking
The nurse finds that the client’s Pleur-Evac is cracked and leaking. The client’s respiratory rate is 49 and he is complaining of pain and severe “nervousness”. Which of the following interventions should be performed first? Administer prn for anxiety/nervousness Administer prn for pain Place the chest tube in a bottle of sterile water. Replace the damaged Pleur-Evac and reattach the chest tube.

Place the chest tube in a bottle of sterile water.
The nurse finds that the client’s Pleur-Evac is cracked and leaking. The client’s respiratory rate is 49 and he is complaining of pain and severe “nervousness”. Which of the following interventions should be performed first? Administer prn for anxiety/nervousness Administer prn for pain Place the chest tube in a bottle of sterile water. Replace the damaged Pleur-Evac and reattach the chest tube.

29. The client is to receive 0. 1 mg of digoxin (Lanoxin) IV
29. The client is to receive 0.1 mg of digoxin (Lanoxin) IV. Digoxin comes in a concentration of 0.5mg/2ml. The nurse should administer how many milliliters? 0.2 m. 0.4 ml 2.2ml 2.5 ml

29. The client is to receive 0. 1 mg of digoxin (Lanoxin) IV
29. The client is to receive 0.1 mg of digoxin (Lanoxin) IV. Digoxin comes in a concentration of 0.5mg/2ml. The nurse should administer how many milliliters? 0.2 m. 0.4 ml 2.2ml 2.5 ml

30. In preparing a client for a left lung thoracentesis, how should the nurse position the client?
Left lateral Supine with arms over head Prone without a pillow Sitting forward with arms on bedside stand

Sitting forward with arms on bedside stand
30. In preparing a client for a left lung thoracentesis, how should the nurse position the client? Left lateral Supine with arms over head Prone without a pillow Sitting forward with arms on bedside stand

31. A client is NPO and complains of thirst
31. A client is NPO and complains of thirst. Which is the most appropriate nursing intervention? Provide frequent oral hygiene. Offer ice chips frequently Educate client about rationale for NPO Provide client with newspaper for diversion

31. A client is NPO and complains of thirst
31. A client is NPO and complains of thirst. Which is the most appropriate nursing intervention? Provide frequent oral hygiene. Best intervention for given info. Offer ice chips frequently Can’t change MD order. Educate client about rationale for NPO Good idea…not the best choice Provide client with newspaper for diversion Good idea…not best choice

32. A unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) is caring for a client with a nasogastric tube. Which of the following interventions cannot be delegated to the UAP? Repositioning the tube Recording output Documenting the color of drainage Emptying the nasogastric bag.

Repositioning the tube
32. A unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) is caring for a client with a nasogastric tube. Which of the following interventions cannot be delegated to the UAP? Repositioning the tube Recording output Documenting the color of drainage Emptying the nasogastric bag.

33. A client with a nasogastric tube to suction begins to complain of abdominal discomfort. Which intervention would the nurse implement first? Reposition the nasogastric tube Check the function of the suction equipment Irrigate the nasogastric tube Call the physician

Check the function of the suction equipment
33. A client with a nasogastric tube to suction begins to complain of abdominal discomfort. Which intervention would the nurse implement first? Reposition the nasogastric tube Check the function of the suction equipment Irrigate the nasogastric tube Call the physician

Thorough investigation of precipitating events
34. A client presents to the emergency department with upper gastrointestinal bleeding and is in moderate distress. In planning care, which nursing action would be the first priority for this client? Thorough investigation of precipitating events Insertion of a nasogastric tube and hematest of emesis Complete abdominal examination Assessment of vital signs

Assessment of vital signs ABC’s
34. A client presents to the emergency department with upper gastrointestinal bleeding and is in moderate distress. In planning care, which nursing action would be the first priority for this client? Thorough investigation of precipitating events Insertion of a nasogastric tube and hematest of emesis Complete abdominal examination Assessment of vital signs ABC’s

35. A client returns from surgery after a bowel resection
35. A client returns from surgery after a bowel resection. Which of the nurse’s interventions has the highest priority? Administer intravenous fluids Monitor vital signs frequently Maintain the client’s NPO status Assess client’s pain level

Maintain the client’s NPO status
35. A client returns from surgery after a bowel resection. Which of the nurse’s interventions has the highest priority? Administer intravenous fluids Monitor vital signs frequently Maintain the client’s NPO status Assess client’s pain level

36. The nurse is preparing to administer an enema
36. The nurse is preparing to administer an enema. The nurse positions the client in the Left lateral position with the right leg acutely flexed Right Sims’ position Dorsal recumbent position Right lateral position with the left leg acutely flexed

Left lateral position with the right leg acutely flexed
36. The nurse is preparing to administer an enema. The nurse positions the client in the Left lateral position with the right leg acutely flexed Right Sims’ position Dorsal recumbent position Right lateral position with the left leg acutely flexed

37. The client is about to undergo a lumbar puncture
37. The client is about to undergo a lumbar puncture. The nurse describes to the client that which of the following positions will be used during the procedure? Side-lying with legs pulled up and the head bent down onto the chest Side-lying with a pillow under the hip Prone with a pillow under the abdomen Prone in slight Trendelenburg’s position

Side-lying with legs pulled up and the head bent down onto the chest
37. The client is about to undergo a lumbar puncture. The nurse describes to the client that which of the following positions will be used during the procedure? Side-lying with legs pulled up and the head bent down onto the chest Side-lying with a pillow under the hip Prone with a pillow under the abdomen Prone in slight Trendelenburg’s position

38. The client has had surgery to repair a fractured left hip
38. The client has had surgery to repair a fractured left hip. The nurse obtains which of the following most important items to use when repositioning the client from side to side? Abductor splint Adductor splint Bed pillow Overhead trapeze

Preventing internal rotation of leg…why?
38. The client has had surgery to repair a fractured left hip. The nurse obtains which of the following most important items to use when repositioning the client from side to side? Abductor splint Adductor splint Bed pillow Overhead trapeze Preventing internal rotation of leg…why?

39. Before administering an intermittent tube feeding through a nasogastric tube, the nurse assesses for gastric residual. The nurse understands that this procedure is important to Confirm proper nasogastric tube placement Observe gastric contents Assess fluid and electrolyte status Evaluate absorption of the last feeding

Evaluate absorption of the last feeding
39. Before administering an intermittent tube feeding through a nasogastric tube, the nurse assesses for gastric residual. The nurse understands that this procedure is important to Confirm proper nasogastric tube placement Observe gastric contents Assess fluid and electrolyte status Evaluate absorption of the last feeding

Increase blood supply to feet. Make the client more comfortable.
Which of the following statements explains why the foot of the bed is elevated after vein-stripping surgery? Decrease pain. Aid venous return. Increase blood supply to feet. Make the client more comfortable.

Aid venous return. Decrease pain. Increase blood supply to feet.
Which of the following statements explains why the foot of the bed is elevated after vein-stripping surgery? Decrease pain. Aid venous return. Increase blood supply to feet. Make the client more comfortable

To the upper and lower half of the sternum
40. The client is brought into the emergency room in ventricular fibrillation. The advanced cardiac life support nurse prepares to defibrillate by placing conductive gel pads on which part of the chest? To the upper and lower half of the sternum To the right of the sternum just below the clavicle and to the left of the precordium To the right shoulder and in the back of the left shoulder Parallel between the umbilicus and the right nipple

40. The client is brought into the emergency room in ventricular fibrillation. The advanced cardiac life support nurse prepares to defibrillate by placing conductive gel pads on which part of the chest? To the upper and lower half of the sternum To the right of the sternum just below the clavicle and to the left of the precordium To the right shoulder and in the back of the left shoulder Parallel between the umbilicus and the right nipple