Maternal and Child Health Practice Test Part 1

  1. When assessing the adequacy of sperm for conception to occur, which of the following is the most useful criterion?
    1. Sperm count
    2. Sperm motility
    3. Sperm maturity
    4. Semen volume
  2. A couple who wants to conceive but has been unsuccessful during the last 2 years has undergone many diagnostic procedures. When discussing the situation with the nurse, one partner states, “We know several friends in our age group and all of them have their own child already, Why can’t we have one?”. Which of the following would be the most pertinent nursing diagnosis for this couple?
    1. Fear related to the unknown
    2. Pain related to numerous procedures.
    3. Ineffective family coping related to infertility.
    4. Self-esteem disturbance related to infertility.
  3. Which of the following urinary symptoms does the pregnant woman most frequently experience during the first trimester?
    1. Dysuria
    2. Frequency
    3. Incontinence
    4. Burning
  4. Heartburn and flatulence, common in the second trimester, are most likely the result of which of the following?
    1. Increased plasma HCG levels
    2. Decreased intestinal motility
    3. Decreased gastric acidity
    4. Elevated estrogen levels
  5. On which of the following areas would the nurse expect to observe chloasma?
    1. Breast, areola, and nipples
    2. Chest, neck, arms, and legs
    3. Abdomen, breast, and thighs
    4. Cheeks, forehead, and nose
  6. A pregnant client states that she “waddles” when she walks. The nurse’s explanation is based on which of the following as the cause?
    1. The large size of the newborn
    2. Pressure on the pelvic muscles
    3. Relaxation of the pelvic joints
    4. Excessive weight gain
  7. Which of the following represents the average amount of weight gained during pregnancy?
    1. 12 to 22 lb
    2. 15 to 25 lb
    3. 24 to 30 lb
    4. 25 to 40 lb
  8. When talking with a pregnant client who is experiencing aching swollen, leg veins, the nurse would explain that this is most probably the result of which of the following?
    1. Thrombophlebitis
    2. Pregnancy-induced hypertension
    3. Pressure on blood vessels from the enlarging uterus
    4. The force of gravity pulling down on the uterus
  9. Cervical softening and uterine souffle are classified as which of the following?
    1. Diagnostic signs
    2. Presumptive signs
    3. Probable signs
    4. Positive signs
  10. Which of the following would the nurse identify as a presumptive sign of pregnancy?
    1. Hegar sign
    2. Nausea and vomiting
    3. Skin pigmentation changes
    4. Positive serum pregnancy test
  11. Which of the following common emotional reactions to pregnancy would the nurse expect to occur during the first trimester?
    1. Introversion, egocentrism, narcissism
    2. Awkwardness, clumsiness, and unattractiveness
    3. Anxiety, passivity, extroversion
    4. Ambivalence, fear, fantasies
  12. During which of the following would the focus of classes be mainly on physiologic changes, fetal development, sexuality, during pregnancy, and nutrition?
    1. Prepregnant period
    2. First trimester
    3. Second trimester
    4. Third trimester
  13. Which of the following would be disadvantage of breast feeding?
    1. Involution occurs more rapidly
    2. The incidence of allergies increases due to maternal antibodies
    3. The father may resent the infant’s demands on the mother’s body
    4. There is a greater chance for error during preparation
  14. Which of the following would cause a false-positive result on a pregnancy test?
    1. The test was performed less than 10 days after an abortion
    2. The test was performed too early or too late in the pregnancy
    3. The urine sample was stored too long at room temperature
    4. A spontaneous abortion or a missed abortion is impending
  15. FHR can be auscultated with a fetoscope as early as which of the following?
    1. 5 weeks gestation
    2. 10 weeks gestation
    3. 15 weeks gestation
    4. 20 weeks gestation
  16. A client LMP began July 5. Her EDD should be which of the following?
    1. January 2
    2. March 28
    3. April 12
    4. October 12
  17. Which of the following fundal heights indicates less than 12 weeks’ gestation when the date of the LMP is unknown?
    1. Uterus in the pelvis
    2. Uterus at the xiphoid
    3. Uterus in the abdomen
    4. Uterus at the umbilicus
  18. Which of the following danger signs should be reported promptly during the antepartum period?
    1. Constipation
    2. Breast tenderness
    3. Nasal stuffiness
    4. Leaking amniotic fluid
  19. Which of the following prenatal laboratory test values would the nurse consider as significant?
    1. Hematocrit 33.5%
    2. Rubella titer less than 1:8
    3. White blood cells 8,000/mm3
    4. One hour glucose challenge test 110 g/dL
  20. Which of the following characteristics of contractions would the nurse expect to find in a client experiencing true labor?
    1. Occurring at irregular intervals
    2. Starting mainly in the abdomen
    3. Gradually increasing intervals
    4. Increasing intensity with walking
  21. During which of the following stages of labor would the nurse assess “crowning”?
    1. First stage
    2. Second stage
    3. Third stage
    4. Fourth stage
  22. Barbiturates are usually not given for pain relief during active labor for which of the following reasons?
    1. The neonatal effects include hypotonia, hypothermia, generalized drowsiness, and reluctance to feed for the first few days.
    2. These drugs readily cross the placental barrier, causing depressive effects in the newborn 2 to 3 hours after intramuscular injection.
    3. They rapidly transfer across the placenta, and lack of an antagonist make them generally inappropriate during labor.
    4. Adverse reactions may include maternal hypotension, allergic or toxic reaction or partial or total respiratory failure
  23. Which of the following nursing interventions would the nurse perform during the third stage of labor?
    1. Obtain a urine specimen and other laboratory tests.
    2. Assess uterine contractions every 30 minutes.
    3. Coach for effective client pushing
    4. Promote parent-newborn interaction.
  24. Which of the following actions demonstrates the nurse’s understanding about the newborn’s thermoregulatory ability?
    1. Placing the newborn under a radiant warmer.
    2. Suctioning with a bulb syringe
    3. Obtaining an Apgar score
    4. Inspecting the newborn’s umbilical cord
  25. Immediately before expulsion, which of the following cardinal movements occur?
    1. Descent
    2. Flexion
    3. Extension
    4. External rotation
  26. Before birth, which of the following structures connects the right and left auricles of the heart?
    1. Umbilical vein
    2. Foramen ovale
    3. Ductus arteriosus
    4. Ductus venosus
  27. Which of the following when present in the urine may cause a reddish stain on the diaper of a newborn?
    1. Mucus
    2. Uric acid crystals
    3. Bilirubin
    4. Excess iron
  28. When assessing the newborn’s heart rate, which of the following ranges would be considered normal if the newborn were sleeping?
    1. 80 beats per minute
    2. 100 beats per minute
    3. 120 beats per minute
    4. 140 beats per minute
  29. Which of the following is true regarding the fontanels of the newborn?
    1. The anterior is triangular shaped; the posterior is diamond shaped.
    2. The posterior closes at 18 months; the anterior closes at 8 to 12 weeks.
    3. The anterior is large in size when compared to the posterior fontanel.
    4. The anterior is bulging; the posterior appears sunken.
  30. Which of the following groups of newborn reflexes below are present at birth and remain unchanged through adulthood?
    1. Blink, cough, rooting, and gag
    2. Blink, cough, sneeze, gag
    3. Rooting, sneeze, swallowing, and cough
    4. Stepping, blink, cough, and sneeze
  31. Which of the following describes the Babinski reflex?
    1. The newborn’s toes will hyperextend and fan apart from dorsiflexion of the big toe when one side of foot is stroked upward from the ball of the heel and across the ball of the foot.
    2. The newborn abducts and flexes all extremities and may begin to cry when exposed to sudden movement or loud noise.
    3. The newborn turns the head in the direction of stimulus, opens the mouth, and begins to suck when cheek, lip, or corner of mouth is touched.
    4. The newborn will attempt to crawl forward with both arms and legs when he is placed on his abdomen on a flat surface
  32. Which of the following statements best describes hyperemesis gravidarum?
    1. Severe anemia leading to electrolyte, metabolic, and nutritional imbalances in the absence of other medical problems.
    2. Severe nausea and vomiting leading to electrolyte, metabolic, and nutritional imbalances in the absence of other medical problems.
    3. Loss of appetite and continuous vomiting that commonly results in dehydration and ultimately decreasing maternal nutrients
    4. Severe nausea and diarrhea that can cause gastrointestinal irritation and possibly internal bleeding
  33. Which of the following would the nurse identify as a classic sign of PIH?
    1. Edema of the feet and ankles
    2. Edema of the hands and face
    3. Weight gain of 1 lb/week
    4. Early morning headache
  34. In which of the following types of spontaneous abortions would the nurse assess dark brown vaginal discharge and a negative pregnancy tests?
    1. Threatened
    2. Imminent
    3. Missed
    4. Incomplete
  35. Which of the following factors would the nurse suspect as predisposing a client to placenta previa?
    1. Multiple gestation
    2. Uterine anomalies
    3. Abdominal trauma
    4. Renal or vascular disease
  36. Which of the following would the nurse assess in a client experiencing abruptio placenta?
    1. Bright red, painless vaginal bleeding
    2. Concealed or external dark red bleeding
    3. Palpable fetal outline
    4. Soft and nontender abdomen
  37. Which of the following is described as premature separation of a normally implanted placenta during the second half of pregnancy, usually with severe hemorrhage?
    1. Placenta previa
    2. Ectopic pregnancy
    3. Incompetent cervix
    4. Abruptio placentae
  38. Which of the following may happen if the uterus becomes overstimulated by oxytocin during the induction of labor?
    1. Weak contraction prolonged to more than 70 seconds
    2. Tetanic contractions prolonged to more than 90 seconds
    3. Increased pain with bright red vaginal bleeding
    4. Increased restlessness and anxiety
  39. When preparing a client for cesarean delivery, which of the following key concepts should be considered when implementing nursing care?
    1. Instruct the mother’s support person to remain in the family lounge until after the delivery
    2. Arrange for a staff member of the anesthesia department to explain what to expect postoperatively
    3. Modify preoperative teaching to meet the needs of either a planned or emergency cesarean birth
    4. Explain the surgery, expected outcome, and kind of anesthetics
  40. Which of the following best describes preterm labor?
    1. Labor that begins after 20 weeks gestation and before 37 weeks gestation
    2. Labor that begins after 15 weeks gestation and before 37 weeks gestation
    3. Labor that begins after 24 weeks gestation and before 28 weeks gestation
    4. Labor that begins after 28 weeks gestation and before 40 weeks gestation
  41. When PROM occurs, which of the following provides evidence of the nurse’s understanding of the client’s immediate needs?
    1. The chorion and amnion rupture 4 hours before the onset of labor.
    2. PROM removes the fetus most effective defense against infection
    3. Nursing care is based on fetal viability and gestational age.
    4. PROM is associated with malpresentation and possibly incompetent cervix
  42. Which of the following factors is the underlying cause of dystocia?
    1. Nurtional
    2. Mechanical
    3. Environmental
    4. Medical
  43. When uterine rupture occurs, which of the following would be the priority?
    1. Limiting hypovolemic shock
    2. Obtaining blood specimens
    3. Instituting complete bed rest
    4. Inserting a urinary catheter
  44. Which of the following is the nurse’s initial action when umbilical cord prolapse occurs?
    1. Begin monitoring maternal vital signs and FHR
    2. Place the client in a knee-chest position in bed
    3. Notify the physician and prepare the client for delivery
    4. Apply a sterile warm saline dressing to the exposed cord
  45. Which of the following amounts of blood loss following birth marks the criterion for describing postpartum hemorrhage?
    1. More than 200 ml
    2. More than 300 ml
    3. More than 400 ml
    4. More than 500 ml
  46. Which of the following is the primary predisposing factor related to mastitis?
    1. Epidemic infection from nosocomial sources localizing in the lactiferous glands and ducts
    2. Endemic infection occurring randomly and localizing in the periglandular connective tissue
    3. Temporary urinary retention due to decreased perception of the urge to avoid
    4. Breast injury caused by overdistention, stasis, and cracking of the nipples
  47. Which of the following best describes thrombophlebitis?
    1. Inflammation and clot formation that result when blood components combine to form an aggregate body
    2. Inflammation and blood clots that eventually become lodged within the pulmonary blood vessels
    3. Inflammation and blood clots that eventually become lodged within the femoral vein
    4. Inflammation of the vascular endothelium with clot formation on the vessel wall
  48. Which of the following assessment findings would the nurse expect if the client develops DVT?
    1. Midcalf pain, tenderness and redness along the vein
    2. Chills, fever, malaise, occurring 2 weeks after delivery
    3. Muscle pain the presence of Homans sign, and swelling in the affected limb
    4. Chills, fever, stiffness, and pain occurring 10 to 14 days after delivery
  49. Which of the following are the most commonly assessed findings in cystitis?
    1. Frequency, urgency, dehydration, nausea, chills, and flank pain
    2. Nocturia, frequency, urgency dysuria, hematuria, fever and suprapubic pain
    3. Dehydration, hypertension, dysuria, suprapubic pain, chills, and fever
    4. High fever, chills, flank pain nausea, vomiting, dysuria, and frequency
  50. Which of the following best reflects the frequency of reported postpartum “blues”?
    1. Between 10% and 40% of all new mothers report some form of postpartum blues
    2. Between 30% and 50% of all new mothers report some form of postpartum blues
    3. Between 50% and 80% of all new mothers report some form of postpartum blues
    4. Between 25% and 70% of all new mothers report some form of postpartum blues

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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