Medical Surgical Nursing Practice Test Part 2

1. Marco who was diagnosed with brain tumor was scheduled for craniotomy. In preventing the development of cerebral edema after surgery, the nurse should expect the use of:

a. Diuretics

b. Antihypertensive

c. Steroids

d. Anticonvulsants

2. Halfway through the administration of blood, the female client complains of lumbar pain. After stopping the infusion Nurse Hazel should:

a. Increase the flow of normal saline

b. Assess the pain further

c. Notify the blood bank

d. Obtain vital signs.

3. Nurse Maureen knows that the positive diagnosis for HIV infection is made based on which of the following:

a. A history of high risk sexual behaviors.

b. Positive ELISA and western blot tests

c. Identification of an associated opportunistic infection

d. Evidence of extreme weight loss and high fever

4. Nurse Maureen is aware that a client who has been diagnosed with chronic renal failure recognizes an adequate amount of high-biologic-value protein when the food the client selected from the menu was:

a. Raw carrots

b. Apple juice

c. Whole wheat bread

d. Cottage cheese

5. Kenneth who has diagnosed with uremic syndrome has the potential to develop complications. Which among the following complications should the nurse anticipates:

a. Flapping hand tremors

b. An elevated hematocrit level

c. Hypotension

d. Hypokalemia

6. A client is admitted to the hospital with benign prostatic hyperplasia, the nurse most relevant assessment would be:

a. Flank pain radiating in the groin

b. Distention of the lower abdomen

c. Perineal edema

d. Urethral discharge

7. A client has undergone with penile implant. After 24 hrs of surgery, the client’s scrotum was edematous and painful. The nurse should:

a. Assist the client with sitz bath

b. Apply war soaks in the scrotum

c. Elevate the scrotum using a soft support

d. Prepare for a possible incision and drainage.

8. Nurse hazel receives emergency laboratory results for a client with chest pain and immediately informs the physician. An increased myoglobin level suggests which of the following?

a. Liver disease

b. Myocardial damage

c. Hypertension

d. Cancer

9. Nurse Maureen would expect the a client with mitral stenosis would demonstrate symptoms associated with congestion in the:

a. Right atrium

b. Superior vena cava

c. Aorta

d. Pulmonary

10. A client has been diagnosed with hypertension. The nurse priority nursing diagnosis would be:

a. Ineffective health maintenance

b. Impaired skin integrity

c. Deficient fluid volume

d. Pain

11. Nurse Hazel teaches the client with angina about common expected side effects of nitroglycerin including:

a. high blood pressure

b. stomach cramps

c. headache

d. shortness of breath

12. The following are lipid abnormalities. Which of the following is a risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis and PVD?

a. High levels of low density lipid (LDL) cholesterol

b. High levels of high density lipid (HDL) cholesterol

c. Low concentration triglycerides

d. Low levels of LDL cholesterol.

13. Which of the following represents a significant risk immediately after surgery for repair of aortic aneurysm?

a. Potential wound infection

b. Potential ineffective coping

c. Potential electrolyte balance

d. Potential alteration in renal perfusion

14. Nurse Josie should instruct the client to eat which of the following foods to obtain the best supply of Vitamin B12?

a. dairy products

b. vegetables

c. Grains

d. Broccoli

15. Karen has been diagnosed with aplastic anemia. The nurse monitors for changes in which of the following physiologic functions?

a. Bowel function

b. Peripheral sensation

c. Bleeding tendencies

d. Intake and out put

16. Lydia is scheduled for elective splenectomy. Before the clients goes to surgery, the nurse in charge final assessment would be:

a. signed consent

b. vital signs

c. name band

d. empty bladder

17. What is the peak age range in acquiring acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)?

a. 4 to 12 years.

b. 20 to 30 years

c. 40 to 50 years

d. 60 60 70 years

18. Marie with acute lymphocytic leukemia suffers from nausea and headache. These clinical manifestations may indicate all of the following except

a. effects of radiation

b. chemotherapy side effects

c. meningeal irritation

d. gastric distension

19. A client has been diagnosed with Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC). Which of the following is contraindicated with the client?

a. Administering Heparin

b. Administering Coumadin

c. Treating the underlying cause

d. Replacing depleted blood products

20. Which of the following findings is the best indication that fluid replacement for the client with hypovolemic shock is adequate?

a. Urine output greater than 30ml/hr

b. Respiratory rate of 21 breaths/minute

c. Diastolic blood pressure greater than 90 mmhg

d. Systolic blood pressure greater than 110 mmhg

21. Which of the following signs and symptoms would Nurse Maureen include in teaching plan as an early manifestation of laryngeal cancer?

a. Stomatitis

b. Airway obstruction

c. Hoarseness

d. Dysphagia

22. Karina a client with myasthenia gravis is to receive immunosuppressive therapy. The nurse understands that this therapy is effective because it:

a. Promotes the removal of antibodies that impair the transmission of impulses

b. Stimulates the production of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction.

c. Decreases the production of autoantibodies that attack the acetylcholine receptors.

d. Inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction.

23. A female client is receiving IV Mannitol. An assessment specific to safe administration of the said drug is:

a. Vital signs q4h

b. Weighing daily

c. Urine output hourly

d. Level of consciousness q4h

24. Patricia a 20 year old college student with diabetes mellitus requests additional information about the advantages of using a pen like insulin delivery devices. The nurse explains that the advantages of these devices over syringes includes:

a. Accurate dose delivery

b. Shorter injection time

c. Lower cost with reusable insulin cartridges

d. Use of smaller gauge needle.

25. A male client’s left tibia was fractured in an automobile accident, and a cast is applied. To assess for damage to major blood vessels from the fracture tibia, the nurse in charge should monitor the client for:

a. Swelling of the left thigh

b. Increased skin temperature of the foot

c. Prolonged reperfusion of the toes after blanching

d. Increased blood pressure

26. After a long leg cast is removed, the male client should:

a. Cleanse the leg by scrubbing with a brisk motion

b. Put leg through full range of motion twice daily

c. Report any discomfort or stiffness to the physician

d. Elevate the leg when sitting for long periods of time.

27. While performing a physical assessment of a male client with gout of the great toe, Nurse Vivian should assess for additional tophi (urate deposits) on the:

a. Buttocks

b. Ears

c. Face

d. Abdomen

28. Nurse Katrina would recognize that the demonstration of crutch walking with tripod gait was understood when the client places weight on the:

a. Palms of the hands and axillary regions

b. Palms of the hand

c. Axillary regions

d. Feet, which are set apart

29. Mang Jose with rheumatoid arthritis states, “the only time I am without pain is when I lie in bed perfectly still”. During the convalescent stage, the nurse in charge with Mang Jose should encourage:

a. Active joint flexion and extension

b. Continued immobility until pain subsides

c. Range of motion exercises twice daily

d. Flexion exercises three times daily

30. A male client has undergone spinal surgery, the nurse should:

a. Observe the client’s bowel movement and voiding patterns

b. Log-roll the client to prone position

c. Assess the client’s feet for sensation and circulation

d. Encourage client to drink plenty of fluids

31. Marina with acute renal failure moves into the diuretic phase after one week of therapy. During this phase the client must be assessed for signs of developing:

a. Hypovolemia

b. renal failure

c. metabolic acidosis

d. hyperkalemia

32. Nurse Judith obtains a specimen of clear nasal drainage from a client with a head injury. Which of the following tests differentiates mucus from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)?

a. Protein

b. Specific gravity

c. Glucose

d. Microorganism

33. A 22 year old client suffered from his first tonic-clonic seizure. Upon awakening the client asks the nurse, “What caused me to have a seizure? Which of the following would the nurse include in the primary cause of tonic clonic seizures in adults more the 20 years?

a. Electrolyte imbalance

b. Head trauma

c. Epilepsy

d. Congenital defect

34. What is the priority nursing assessment in the first 24 hours after admission of the client with thrombotic CVA?

a. Pupil size and papillary response

b. cholesterol level

c. Echocardiogram

d. Bowel sounds

35. Nurse Linda is preparing a client with multiple sclerosis for discharge from the hospital to home. Which of the following instruction is most appropriate?

a. “Practice using the mechanical aids that you will need when future disabilities arise”.

b. “Follow good health habits to change the course of the disease”.

c. “Keep active, use stress reduction strategies, and avoid fatigue.

d. “You will need to accept the necessity for a quiet and inactive lifestyle”.

36. The nurse is aware the early indicator of hypoxia in the unconscious client is:

a. Cyanosis

b. Increased respirations

c. Hypertension

d. Restlessness

37. A client is experiencing spinal shock. Nurse Myrna should expect the function of the bladder to be which of the following?

a. Normal

b. Atonic

c. Spastic

d. Uncontrolled

38. Which of the following stage the carcinogen is irreversible?

a. Progression stage

b. Initiation stage

c. Regression stage

d. Promotion stage

39. Among the following components thorough pain assessment, which is the most significant?

a. Effect

b. Cause

c. Causing factors

d. Intensity

40. A 65 year old female is experiencing flare up of pruritus. Which of the client’s action could aggravate the cause of flare ups?

a. Sleeping in cool and humidified environment

b. Daily baths with fragrant soap

c. Using clothes made from 100% cotton

d. Increasing fluid intake

41. Atropine sulfate (Atropine) is contraindicated in all but one of the following client?

a. A client with high blood

b. A client with bowel obstruction

c. A client with glaucoma

d. A client with U.T.I

42. Among the following clients, which among them is high risk for potential hazards from the surgical experience?

a. 67-year-old client

b. 49-year-old client

c. 33-year-old client

d. 15-year-old client

43. Nurse Jon assesses vital signs on a client undergone epidural anesthesia. Which of the following would the nurse assess next?

a. Headache

b. Bladder distension

c. Dizziness

d. Ability to move legs

44. Nurse Katrina should anticipate that all of the following drugs may be used in the attempt to control the symptoms of Meniere’s disease except:

a. Antiemetics

b. Diuretics

c. Antihistamines

d. Glucocorticoids

45. Which of the following complications associated with tracheostomy tube?

a. Increased cardiac output

b. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

c. Increased blood pressure

d. Damage to laryngeal nerves

46. Nurse Faith should recognize that fluid shift in an client with burn injury results from increase in the:

a. Total volume of circulating whole blood

b. Total volume of intravascular plasma

c. Permeability of capillary walls

d. Permeability of kidney tubules

47. An 83-year-old woman has several ecchymotic areas on her right arm. The bruises are probably caused by:

a. increased capillary fragility and permeability

b. increased blood supply to the skin

c. self inflicted injury

d. elder abuse

48. Nurse Anna is aware that early adaptation of client with renal carcinoma is:

a. Nausea and vomiting

b. flank pain

c. weight gain

d. intermittent hematuria

49. A male client with tuberculosis asks Nurse Brian how long the chemotherapy must be continued. Nurse Brian’s accurate reply would be:

a. 1 to 3 weeks

b. 6 to 12 months

c. 3 to 5 months

d. 3 years and more

50. A client has undergone laryngectomy. The immediate nursing priority would be:

a. Keep trachea free of secretions

b. Monitor for signs of infection

c. Provide emotional support

d. Promote means of communication

Answers and Rationale

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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