Nursing Board Review: Medical Surgical Nursing Practice Test Part 1
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July 2010 Nursing Board Exam Review Questions on Medical Surgical Nursing.
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A 47 year old man with liver failure who has developed ascites. The nurse understands that ascites is due to:
Question 1 Explanation:
Protein deficiency allows fluid to leak out of the vascular system and third space into the tissues and spaces in the body such as the peritoneal space. Bleeding tendencies, dehydration and vitamin deficiency can occur but don’t cause ascites.
A 76 year old man enters the ER with complaints of back pain and feeling fatigued. Upon examination, his blood pressure is 190/100, pulse is 118, and hematocrit and hemoglobin are both low. The nurse palpates the abdomen which is soft, non-tender and auscultates an abdominal pulse. The most likely diagnosis is:
Question 2 Explanation:
The symptoms exhibited by the client are typical of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The most significant sign is the audible pulse in the abdominal area. If hemorrhage were present, the abdomen would be tender and firm.
A 48 year old woman presents to the hospital complaining of chest pain, tachycardia and dyspnea. On exam, heart sounds are muffled. Which of the following assessment findings would support a diagnosis of cardiac tamponade?
A deviated trachea
Absent breath sounds to the lower lobes
Pulse 40 with inspiration
Blood pressure 140/80
Question 3 Explanation:
Paradoxical pulse is a hallmark symptom of cardiac tamponade. As pressure is exerted on the left ventricle from fluid, the natural increase in pressure from the right ventricle during inspiration creates even more pressure, diminishing cardiac output.
Nurse Fiona is caring a patient with Raynaud’s disease. Which of the following outcomes concerning medication regimen is of highest priority?
Controlling the pain once vasospasm occur
Relaxing smooth muscle to avoid vasospasms
Preventing major disabilities that may occur
Avoiding lesions on the feet
Question 4 Explanation:
The major task of the health care team is to medicate the client drugs that produce smooth muscle relaxation, which will decrease the vasospasm and increase the arterial flow to the affected part. The drugs used are calcium antagonists.
Mr. Lucas, a 63 year old, went to the clinic complaining of hoarseness of voice and a cough. His wife states that his voice has changed in the last few months. The nurse interprets that Mr. Lucas’s symptoms are consistent with which of the following disorders:
gastroesophageal reflux disease
coronary artery disease
Question 5 Explanation:
These symptoms, along with dysphagia, foul-smelling breath, and pain when drinking hot or acidic, are common signs of laryngeal cancer.
A client with rheumatoid arthritis may reveal which of the following assessment data:
Morning stiffness no longer than 30 minutes
Asymmetric joint swelling
Swan neck deformities
Question 6 Explanation:
Swan neck deformities of the hand are classic deformities associated with rheumatoid arthritis secondary to the presence of fibrous connective tissue within the joint space. Clients with RA do experience morning stiffness, but it can last from 30 minutes up to several hours. RA is characterized by symmetrical joint movement, and heberden’s nodes are characteristic of osteoarthritis.
Nurse Cynthia is providing a discharge teaching to a client with chronic cirrhosis. His wife asks her to explain why there is so much emphasis on bleeding precautions. Which of the following provides the most appropriate response?
“The low protein diet will result in reduced clotting.”
“The increased production of bile decreases clotting factors.”
“The liver affected by cirrhosis is unable to produce clotting factors.”
“The required medications reduce clotting factors.”
Question 7 Explanation:
When bile production is reduced, the body has reduced ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Without adequate Vitamin K absorption, clotting factors II, VII, IX, and X are not produced in sufficient amounts.
Mr. Perkson has a parkinson’s disease and he finds the resting tremor he is experiencing in his right hand very frustrating. The nurse advises him to:
take a warm bath
hold an object
practice deep breathing
take diazepam as needed
Question 8 Explanation:
The resting or non-intentional tremor may be controlled with purposeful movement such as holding an object. A warm bath, deep breathing and diazepam will promote relaxation but are not specific interventions for tremor.
A 36 year old female complains of headache and neck pain. The nurse’s assessments reveal painful flexion of the neck to the chest. The nurse understands that nuchal rigidity is associated with:
Question 9 Explanation:
A patient with meningitis will exhibit signs that include photophobia and nuchal rigidity, which is pain on the flexion of the chin to chest.
The nurse teaching the client about behavioral changes, which can affect development of atherosclerosis, should discuss which of the following as a non-modifiable risk factor for atherosclerosis?
female over 55 years of age
Question 10 Explanation:
Lifestyle, cigarette smoking and hyperlipidemia can be changed by changing behaviors.
Lisa is newly diagnosed with asthma and is being discharged from the hospital after an episode of status asthmaticus. Discharge teaching should include which of the following:
Limitations in sports that will be imposed by the illness
Specific instructions on staying cal during an attack
The relationship of symptoms and a specific trigger such as physical exercise
Incidence of status asthmaticus in children and teens
Question 11 Explanation:
COPD clients have low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels. Therefore, hypoxia is the main stimulus for ventilation is persons with chronic hypercapnea. Increasing the level of oxygen would decrease the stimulus to breathe.
Trousseau’s sign is associated with which electrolyte imbalance?
Question 12 Explanation:
Trousseau’s sign is a carpal pedal spasm elicited when a blood pressure cuff is inflated on the arm of a patient with hypocalcemia.
Mr. Roberto Robles complains of a severe headache and is extremely anxious. The nurse checks his vital signs and finds him to have a heart rate of 57 bpm and a blood pressure of 230/110 mmHg. The nurse should also assess for?
presence of bowel sounds
presence of babinski reflex
urinary catheter patency
Question 13 Explanation:
The patient is complaining of symptoms of autonomic dysreflexia, which consists of the triad of hypertension, bradycardia and a headache. Major causes of autonomic dysreflexia include urinary bladder distention and fecal impaction. Checking the patency of the urinary catheter will check for bladder distention.
Which of the following symptoms is most characteristic of a client with a cancer of the lung?
cough with night sweats
persistent changing cough
Question 14 Explanation:
The most common sign of lung cancer is a persistent cough that changes. Other signs are dyspnea, bloody sputum and long term pulmonary infection. Option A is common with asthma, option B is common with COPD and option C is common with TB.
The priority in preparing the room for a client with a C7 spinal cord injury is having:
the halo brace device
a catheterization tray
a ventilator on stand by
the spinal kinetic bed
Question 15 Explanation:
Although a ventilator is not required for injury below C3, the innervation of intercostal muscles is affected. Hemorrhage and cord swelling extends the level of injury making it likely that this client will need a ventilator.
Nurse Shiela is teaching self-care to a client with psoriasis. The nurse should encourage which of the following for his scaled lesion?
Importance of follow-up appointments
Emollients and moisturizers to soften scales
Keep occlusive dressings on the lesions 24 hours a day
Use of a clean razor blade each time he shaves
Question 16 Explanation:
Emollients will ease dry skin that increases pruritus and causes psoriasis to be worse. Washing and drying the skin with rough linens or pressure may cause excoriation. Constant occlusion may increase the effects of the medication and increase the risk of infection.
A shuffling gait is typically associated with the patient who has:
Question 17 Explanation:
A shuffling gait from the musculoskeletal rigidity of the patient with Parkinson’s disease is common. Patients experiencing a stroke usually exhibit loss of voluntary control over motor movements associated with generalized weakness; a shuffling gait is usually not observed in stroke patient.
The client has ST segment depression on his 12-lead ECG. The nurse determines that this would indicate the following:
Question 18 Explanation:
Depressed ST segment and inverted T-waves represent myocardial ischemia. Injury has a ST segment elevation.
Betty Lee is a 58 year old woman who is being admitted to the medical ward with trigeminal neuralgia. The nurse anticipates that Mr. Lee will demonstrate which of the following major complaints?
excruciating, intermittent, paroxysmal facial pain
unilateral facial droop
painless eye spasm
mildly painful unilateral eye twitching
Question 19 Explanation:
Trigeminal neuralgia is a syndrome of excruciating, intermittent, paroxysmal facial pain. It manifests as intense, periodic pain in the lips, gums, teeth or chin. The other symptoms aren’t characteristic of trigeminal neuralgia.
A 38 year old woman returns from a subtotal thryroidectomy for the treatment of hyperthyroidism. Upon assessment, the immediate priority that the nurse would include is:
Assess for pain
Assess for neurological status
Assess fluid volume status
Assess for respiratory distress
Question 20 Explanation:
Though fluid volume status, neurological status and pain are all important assessment, the immediate priority for postoperative is the airway management. Respiratory distress may result from hemorrhage, edema, laryngeal damage or tetany.
A 40n year old male patient is complaining of chronic progressive and mental deterioration is admitted to the unit. The nurse recognizes that these characteristics indicate a disease that results in degeneration of the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex. The disease is called:
Question 21 Explanation:
Huntington’s disease is a hereditary disease in which degeneration of the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex causes chronic progressive chorea (muscle twitching) and mental deterioration, ending in dementia. Huntington’s disease usually strikes people ages 25 to 55.
Red has just returned from the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) from a hemorrhidectomy. His postoperative orders include sitz baths every morning. The nurse understands that sitz bath is use for:
lower body temperature
Question 22 Explanation:
Sitz bath provides moist heat to the perineal and anal area to clean, promote healing and drainage and reduce soreness to the area. Sitz bath helps healing with cleaning action and promotion of circulation, thereby reducing swelling. Sitz bath usually has no therapeutic value in lowering body temperature. Although relief of tension can occur, this effect is secondary to the promotion of healing.
Elsa Santos is a 18 year old student admitted to the ward with a diagnosis of epilepsy. She tells the nurse that she is experiencing a generalized tingling sensation and is “smelling roses”. The nurse understands that Esla is probably experiencing:
an acute alcohol withdrawal
an acute CVA
an olfactory hallucination
Question 23 Explanation:
An aura frequently precedes an epileptic seizure and may manifest as vague physic discomfort or specific aromas. Patients experiencing auras aren’t having a CVA, substance withdrawal or hallucination.
Sarah complains of a nuring sensation, cramping pain in the top part of her abdomen that becomes worse in the afternoon and sometimes awakes her at ight. She reports that when she eats, it helps the pain go away but that pain is now becoming more intense. Which of the following is the best condition for the nurse to draw:
these symptoms are consistent with an ulcer
The client probably has indigestion
A snack before going to bed should be advised
The client probably developing cholelithiasis
Question 24 Explanation:
The description of pain is consistent with ulcer pain. The pain is epigastric and is worse when the stomach is empty and is relived by food.
Dianne Hizon is a 27 year old woman who has been admitted to the ER due to severe vomiting. Her ABG values are pH= 7.50, PaCO2= 85, HCO3= 31, and SaO2= 93%. The nurse interpretation of this ABG analysis is:
Question 25 Explanation:
Ms. Hizon’s pH is above 7.45, which makes it alkalatic, and her bicarbonate is high which is also makes it basic. Thus, the diagnosis is metabolic alkalosis.
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