Mar 30, 2010

NURSING BOARD EXAM PRACTICE IV – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations

NURSING BOARD EXAM PRACTICE IV – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations

June 2008 Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE)
June 2008 NP4 Nursing Board Exam Answer Key
Nursing Board Exams Questions 71 - 85

Situation - Specific surgical interventions may be done when lung cancer is detected early. You have important peri-operative responsibilities in caring for patients with lung cancer.

71. Horace underwent lobectomy. Which of following is the purpose of Horace’s closed chest drainage post lobectomy:

a. expansion of the remaining lung

b. facilitation of coughing

c. prevention of mediastinal shift

d. promotion of wound healing

72. Which of the following observations indicates that the closed chest drainage system is functioning properly?

A. absence of bubbling in the suction-control bottle

B. the fluctuating movement of fluid in the long tube of the water-seal bottle during inspiration

C. intermittent bubbling through the long tube of the suction control bottle.

D. less than 25 ml drainage in the drainage bottle

73. Following lobectomy, you can BEST help Horace to reduce pain during the deep breathing and coughing exercises by:

A. placing the patient on his/her operative side during exercises

B. splinting the patient’s chest with both hands during the exercises

C. administering the prescribed analgesic immediately prior to exercises

D. providing rest for 6 hours before exercises

74. Peter underwent pneumonectomy. During the immediate post operative period, deep tracheal suction should be done with extreme caution because:

A. Peter will not be able to tolerate coughing

B. the tracheobronchial trees are dry

C. the remaining normal lung needs minimal stimulation

D. the bronchial suture line maybe traumatized

75. On which of the following positions should you place Peter who just underwent pneumonectomy?

A. Prone position

B. On his abdomen or on the side opposite the surgery

C. On his back or on the side of surgery

D. Any position is acceptable

Situation – Mang Felix, a 79 year old man who is brought to the Surgical Unit from PACU after a transurethral resection. You are assigned to receive him. You noted that he has a 3-way indwelling catheter for continuous fast dip bladder irrigation which is connected to a straight drainage.

76. Immediately after surgery, what would you expect his urine to be?

A. Light yellow

B. Amber

C. Bright red

D. Pinkish to red

77. The purpose of the continuous bladders irrigation is to:

A. Allow continuous monitoring of the fluid output status

B. Provide continuous flushing of clots and debris from the bladder

C. Allow for proper exchange of electrolytes

D. Ensure accurate monitoring of intake and output

78. Mang Felix informs you that he feels some discomfort on the hypogastric area and he has to void. What will be your most appropriate action?

A. Remove his catheter then allow him to void his own

B. Irrigate his catheter

C. Tell him “Go ahead and void. You have an indwelling catheter”

D. Assess color and rate of outflow, if there is a change refer to urologist for possible irrigation

79. You decided to check on Mang Felix’s IV fluid infusion. You noted in flow rate, pallor and coldness around the insertion site. What is your assessment finding?

A. Phlebitis

B. Infiltration to subcutaneous tissue

C. Pyrogenic reaction

D. Air embolism

80. Knowing that proper documentation of assessment findings and interventions share important responsibilities of the nurse during first post operative days, which of the following is the LEAST relevant to document in the case of Mang Felix?

A. Chest pain and vital signs

B. Intravenous infusion rate

C. Amount, color and consistency of bladder irrigation drainage

D. Activities of daily living started

Situation – Many hospitals from bioethical review committees to ensure quality of life of patients. You are invited by the nursing service departments to participate in their bioethical review committee. You are expected to know the purpose and apply bioethical principles.

81. Which of the following is the purpose of the ethical review committee?

A. Promote implementation of general standards

B. Enhance health care providers liability

C. Increase individuals responsibility

D. Decrease Public security of health care provider’s action

82. Daria who is admitted to the hospital with autoimmune thrombocytopenia and a platelet count of 20,000/ml develops epistaxis and melena. Treatment with corticosteroid and immunoglobulin has not been successful. Her physician recommend splenectomy. Daria states “I don’t need surgery. This will go away on its own”.

A. Beneficence

B. Justice

C. Autonomy

D. Advocacy

83. Zorayda is terminally ill and is experiencing sever pain. She has bone and liver metastasis. She has been on morphine for several months now. Zorayda is aware that they are having financial problems. She decides to sign DNR form,. What ethical principle did Zorayda and her family utilize as basis for their decision to sign a DNR.

A. Justice

B. Autonomy

C. Advocacy

D. Beneficence

84. Tricia, a staff nurse working in a cancer unit, is considered a role model not only by her colleagues but also by her patients. She goes out of her way to help other. She is very active in their professional organization and he practices what she teaches. What ethical principles is she practicing?

A. Beneficence

B. Justice

C. Autonomy

D. Advocacy

85. You are commuting to work riding the LRT. An older person collapsed and nobody seems to notice her. The security guard tried to make ker sit down but she remained unconscious. You saw what happened and you decided to help. With help, you brought the patient to the nearest hospital. You learned later that woman was diabetic. She was on her way To the diabetes clinic to have fasting blood sugar tested. She developed hypoglycemia. You were able to save a life. You felt good. What principle was applied?

A. Advocacy

B. Beneficence

C. Justice

D. Autonomy

Mar 27, 2010

NURSING BOARD EXAM PRACTICE IV – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations

NURSING BOARD EXAM PRACTICE IV – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations

June 2008 Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE)
June 2008 NP5 Nursing Board Exam Answer Key
Nursing Board Exams Questions 56 - 70

– One of the realities that we are confronted with is our mortality. It is important for us nurses to be aware of how we view suffering, pain, illness, and even our death as well as its meaning. That way we can help our patients cope with death and dying.

56. Irma is terminally ill, she speaks to you in confidence. You now feel that Irma’s family could be helpful if they knew what Irma has told to you. What should you do first?

A. Tell the physician who in turn could tell the family

B. Obtain Irma’s permission to share the information in the family

C. Tell Irma that she has to tell her family what she told you

D. Make an appointment to discuss the situation with the family

57. Ruby who has been told she has terminal cancer, turns away and refuses to respond to you. You can best help her by:

A. Coming back periodically and indicating your availability if she

would like you to sit with her

B. Insisting that Ruby should talk with you because it is not good to keep

everything inside

C. Leaving her alone because she is uncooperative and unpleasant to be


D. Encouraging her to be physically active as possible

58. Leo, who is terminally ill and recognizes that he is in the process of losing everything and everybody he loves, is depressed. Which of the following would best help him during his depression?

A. Arrange for visitors who might cheer him

B. Sit down and talk with him for a while

C. Encourage him to look at the brighter side of things

D. Sit silently with him

59. Which of the following statements would best indicate that Ruffy, who is dying, has accepted his impending death?

A. “I’m ready to go.”

B. “I have resigned myself to dying.”

C. “What’s the use?”

D. “I’m giving up”

60. Marla, 90 years old has planned ahead for her death-philosophically, socially, financially and emotionally. This is recognized as:

A. Acceptance that death is inevitable

B. Avoidance of the true situation

C. Denial with planning for continued life

D. Awareness that death will soon occur

Situation – Andrea is admitted to the ER following an assault where she was hit on the face and head. She was brought to the ER by a police woman. Emergency measures were stated.

61. As Andrea’s nurse, what will be your priority interventions?

A. Insert and intravenous catheter

B. Insert an oral or nasopharyngeal airway

C. Obtain arterial blood gases

D. Give 100% oxygen

62. Andrea’s arterial blood gases respiratory acidosis. This most likely related to:

A. Partially obstructed airway

B. Ineffective breathing pattern

C. Head injury

D. Pain

63. Andrea loses consciousness. You should prepare for which of the following FIRST?

A. Placement of nasogastric tube

B. Placement of a second IV line

C. Endotracheal intubation or surgical airway placement

D. CT scan of head

64. Andrea’s physician gives an order of Mannitol 0.25 g/kg IV bolus for increased ICP. This is given to:

A. Promote cerebral-tissue fluid movement

B. Promote renal perfusion

C. Correct acid-base imbalances

D. Enhance renal-excretion of drugs

65. As Andrea’s nurse your goal is to prevent increased Intracranial Pressure (ICP). Which of the following independent nursing interventions is NOT suited for her?

A. Do oropharyngeal suction every 15 minutes to prevent pulmonary aspiration?

B. Keep ahead of bed 30-35 degrees elevated

C. Maintain Andrea’s head in straight alignment and prevent hip flexion

D. Prevent constipation and increases in intra-abdominal pressure

66. Andrea’s respiration is described as waxing and waning. You know that this rhythm of respiration is defined as:

A. Biot’s

B. Kussmaul’s

C. Cheyne Stokes

D. Eupnca

67. What do you call the triad of sign and symptoms seen in a client with increasing ICP?

A. Virchow’s Triad

B. The Chinese triad

C. Cusching’s Triad

D. Charcot’s Triad

68. Which of the following is true with the Cushing’s Triad seen in head injuries?

A. Narrowing of Pulse Pressure, Cheyne strokes respiration, Tachycardia

B. Widening Pulse pressure, Irregular respiration, Bradycardia

C. Hypertension, Kussmaul’s respiration, Tachycardia

D. Hypotension, Irregular respiration, Bradycardia

69. In a client with a Cheyne stokes respiration, which of the following is the most appropriate nursing diagnosis?

A. Ineffective airway clearance

B. Ineffective breathing pattern

C. Impaired gas exchange

D. Activity Intolerance

70. You know the apnea is seen in client’s with cheyne stoke respiration, APNEA is defined as:

A. Inability to breath in a supine position so the patient sits up in bed to breathe.

B. The patient is dead, the breathing stops

C. There is an absence of breathing for a period of time usually 15 seconds or more

D. A period of hypercapnea and hypoxia due to cessation of respiratory effort inspite of normal respiratory functioning

Mar 23, 2010

NURSING BOARD EXAM PRACTICE IV – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations

NURSING BOARD EXAM PRACTICE IV – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations

June 2008 Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE)
June 2008 NP4 Nursing Board Exam Answer Key
Nursing Board Exams Questions 41-55

– With the improvement in life expectancies and the emphasis in the quality of life it is important to provide quality care to our older patients. There are frequently encountered situations and

issues relevant to the older patients.

41. Hypoxia may occur in the older patients because of which of the following

physiologic changes associated with aging.

A. Ineffective airway clearance

B. Decreased alveolar surfaced area

C. Decreased anterior-posterior chest diameter

D. Hyperventilation

42. The older patient is at higher risk for incontinence because of:

A. dilated urethra

B. increased glomerular filtration rate

C. diuretic use

D. decreased bladder capacity

43. Merle, age 86, is complaining of dizziness when she stands up. This may


A. dementia

B. a visual problem

C. functional decline

D. drug toxicity

44. Cardiac ischemia in an older patient usually produces:

A. ST-T wave changes

B. Very high creatinine kinase level

C. Chest pain radiating to the left arm

D. Acute confusion

45. The most dependable sign of infection in the older patient is:

A. change in mental status

B. fever

C. pain

D. decreased breath sounds with crackles

Situation – A “disaster” is a large-scale emergency—even a small emergency left unmanaged may turn into a disaster. Disaster preparedness is crucial and is everybody’s business. There are agencies that are in charge of ensuring prompt response. Comprehensive Emergency Management (CEM) is an integrated approach to the management of emergency programs and activities for all four emergency

phases (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery), for all types of emergencies and disasters (natural, man-made, and attack) and for all levels of government and the private sector.

46. Which of the four phases of emergency management is defined as “sustained action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects.”?

A. Recovery

B. Mitigation

C. Response

D. Preparedness

47. You are a community health nurse collaborating with the Red Cross and working with disaster relief following a typhoon which flooded and devastated the whole province. Finding safe housing for survivors, organizing support for the family, organizing counseling debriefing sessions and securing physical care are the services you are involved with. To which type of prevention are these activities included:

A. Tertiary prevention

B. Primary prevention

C. Aggregate care prevention

D. Secondary prevention

48. During the disaster you see a victim with a green tag, you know that the person:

A. has injuries that are significant and require medical care but can wait hours with

threat to life or limb

B. has injuries that are life threatening but survival is good with minimal


C. indicates injuries that are extensive and chances of survival are unlikely even

with definitive care

D. has injuries that are minor and treatment can be delayed from hours to


49. The term given to a category of triage that refers to life threatening or potentially life threatening injury or illness requiring immediate treatment:

A. Immediate

B. Emergent

C. Non-acute

D. Urgent

50. Which of the following terms refer to a process by which the individual receives education about recognition of stress reaction and management strategies for handling stress which may be instituted after a disaster?

A. Clinical incident stress management

B. Follow-up

C. Debfriefing

D. Defusion

Situation – As a member of the health and nursing team you have a crucial role to play in ensuring that all the members participate actively is the various tasks agreed upon.

51. While eating his meal, Matthew accidentally dislodges his IV lines and bleeds. Blood oozes on the surface of the over-bed table. It is most appropriate that you instruct the housekeeper to clean the table with:

A. Acetone

B. Alcohol

C. Ammonia

D. Bleach

52. You are a member of the infection control team of the hospital. Based on a feedback during the meeting of the committee there is an increased incidence of pseudomonas infection in the Burn Unit (3 out of 10 patients had positive blood and wound culture). What is your priority activity?

A. Establish policies for surveillance and monitoring

B. Do data gathering about the possible sources of infection (observation,

chart review, interview).

C. Assign point persons who can implement policies.

D. Meet with the nursing group working in the burn unit and discuss problem with


53. Part of your responsibility as a member of the diabetes core group is to getreferrals from the various wards regarding diabetic patients needing diabetes education. Prior to discharge today, 4 patients are referred to you. How would you start prioritizing your activities?

A. Bring your diabetes teaching kit and start your session taking into consideration

their distance from your office

B. Contact the nurse in-charge and find out from her the reason for the referral

C. Determine their learning needs then prioritize

D. Involve the whole family in the teaching class

54. You have been designated as a member of the task force to plan activities for the Cancer Consciousness Week. Your committee has 4 months to plan and implement the plan. You are assigned to contact the various cancer support groups in your hospital. What will be your priority activity?

A. Find out if there is a budget for this activity

B. Clarify objectives of the activity with the task force before contacting the

support groups

C. Determine the VIPs and Celebrities who will be invited

D. Find out how many support groups there are in the hospital and get the contact

number of their president

55. You are invited to participate in the medical mission activity of your alumni association. In the planning stage everybody is expected to identify what they can do during the medical mission and what resources are needed. You thought it is also your chance to share what you can do for others. What will be your most important role where you can demonstrate the impact of nursing in health?

A. Conduct health education on healthy life style

B. Be a triage nurse

C. Take the initial history and document findings

D. Act as a coordinator

Mar 22, 2010

Seminar on Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

Global Learning Innovation invites you to a seminar entitled:
Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

Subtopics are:
-Wound management
-Incontinence management
-Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

on March 28, 2010 (Sunday) 8:00 am til 12:00 noon
at SM Pampanga-San Fernando, Pampanga

Fee: 550 pesos (Pre-registration needs half of the payment before the said date. Meet up with Michelle or payments can be made thru LBC or bank)

-with 3 certificates, break time refreshments, cd-rom, handouts

For reservation contact: Ms. Michelle dela Cruz 09278359861

Mar 20, 2010

NURSING BOARD EXAM PRACTICE IV – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations

NURSING BOARD EXAM PRACTICE IV – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations

June 2008 Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE)
June 2008 NP4 Nursing Board Exam Answer Key
Nursing Board Exams Questions 31-40

Situation - The physician has ordered 3 units of whole blood to be transfused to WQ following a repair of a dissecting aneurysm of the aorta.

31. You are preparing the first unit of whole blood for transfusion. From the time you obtain it from the blood bank, how long should you infuse it?

A. 6 hours

B. 1 hour

C. 4 hours

D. 2 hours

32. What should you do FIRST before you administer blood transfusion?

A. verify client identity and blood product, serial number, blood type, cross matching results, expiration date

B. verify client identity and blood product serial number, blood type, cross matching results, expiration date with another nurse

C. check IV site and use appropriate BT set and needle

D. verify physician’s order

33. As WQ’s nurse, what will you do AFTER the transfusion has started?

A. add the total amount of blood to be transfused to the intake and output

B. discontinue the primary IV of Dextrose 5% Water

C. check the vital signs every 15 minutes

D. stay with WQ for 15 minutes to note for any possible BT reactions

34. WQ is undergoing blood transfusions of the first unit. The EARLIEST signs of transfusion reactions are:

A. oliguria and jaundice

B. urticaria and wheezing

C. hypertension and flushing

D. headache, chills, fever

35. In case WQ will experience an acute hemolytic reaction, what will be your PRIORITY intervention?

A. immediately stop the blood transfusion, infuse Dextrose 5% in Water and call the physician

B. stop the blood transfusion and monitor the patient closely

C. immediately stop the BT, infuse NSS, call the physician, notify the blood bank

D. immediately stop the BT, notify the blood bank and administer antihistamines

Situation - The kidneys have very important excretory, metabolic, erythropoietic functions. Any disruptions in the kidney’s functions can cause disease. As a nurse it is important that you understand the rationale behind the treatment regimen used.

36. PL, who is in acute renal failure, is admitted to the Nephrology Unit. The period of oliguria usually lasts for about 10 days. Which assessment parameter for kidney function will you use during the oliguric phase?

A. urine output directly related to the amount of IV fluid infused

B. urine output is less than 400 ml/24 hours

C. urine output of 30-60 ml/hour

D. no urine output, kidneys in a state of suspension

37. During the shock phase, what is the effect of the rennin-aldosterone-angiotensin system on renal function?

A. increased urine output, increased absorption of sodium and water

B. decreased urine output, decreased absorption of sodium and water

C. increased urine output, decreased absorption of sodium and water

D. decreased urine output, increased absorption of sodium and water

38. As you are caring for PL who has acute renal failure, one of the collaborative interventions you are expected to do is to start hypertonic glucose with insulin infusion and sodium bicarbonate to treat:

A. hyperkalemia

B. hypercalcemia

C. hypokalemia

D. hypernatremia

39. BN, 40 year old with chronic renal failure. An arteriovenous fistula was created for hemodialysis in his left arm. What diet instructions will you need to reinforce prior to his discharge?

A. drink plenty of water

B. restrict your salt intake

C. monitor your fruit intake and eat plenty of bananas

D. be sure to eat meat every meal

40. BN, is also advised not to use salt substitute in the diet because:

A. salt substitute contain potassium which must be limited to prevent arrhythmias

B. limiting salt substitutes in the diet prevents a buildup of waste products in the blood

C. fluid retention is enhanced when salt substitutes are included in the diet

D. a substance in the salt substitute interferes with fluid transfer across the capillary membrane

Mar 17, 2010

NURSING BOARD EXAM PRACTICE IV – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations

NURSING BOARD EXAM PRACTICE IV – Care of Clients with Physiologic and Psychosocial Alterations

June 2008 Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE)
June 2008 NP4 Nursing Board Exam Answer Key
Nursing Board Exams Questions 16-30

Situation – Radiation therapy is another modality of cancer management. With emphasis on multidisciplinary management you have important responsibilities as a nurse

16. Albert is receiving external radiation therapy and he complains of fatigue and malaise. Which of the following nursing interventions would be most helpful for Albert?

A. Tell him that sometimes these feelings can be psychogenic

B. Refer him to the physician

C. Reassures him that these feelings are normal

D. Help him plan his activities

17. Immediately following the radiation teletherapy, Albert is:

A. Considered radioactive fro 24hours

B. Given a complete bath

C. Placed on isolation for 6 hours

D. Free from Radiation

18. Albert is admitted with a radiation induced thrombocytopenia. As a nurse you should observe the following symptoms:

A. Petechiae, ecchymosis, epistaxis

B. Weakness, easy fatigability, pallor

C. Headache, dizziness, blurred vision

D. Severe sore throat, bacteremia, hepatomegaly

19. What nursing diagnosis should be the highest priority?

A. Knowledge deficit regarding thrombocytopenia precautions

B. Activity intolerance

C. Impaired tissue integrity

D. Ineffective tissue perfusion, peripheral, cerebral, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal

20. What intervention should you include in your care plan?

A. Inspect his skin for petechiae, bruising, GI bleeding regularly

B. Place Albert on strict isolation precaution

C. Provide rest in between activities

D. Administer antipyretics if his temperature exceeds 38 C

Situation - You are assigned to take care of four patients with different conditions.

21. KJ, who is to have a kidney transplant asks you how long will he take azathioprime (Imuran), cyclosporine and prednisone? You recognized that KJ understood the teaching when he states, “I must take these medications:

A. until the anastomosis heals

B. during the preoperative period

C. until the supply is over

D. for the rest of my life

22. After the kidney transplant, you must observe KJ for signs of rejection which includes:

A. fever and weight gain

B. hematuria and seizure

C. polyuria and jaundice

D. moon face and muscle atrophy

23. FB, 28 years old with chronic renal disease plans to receive a kidney transplant. Recently, FB was told by his physician that he was a poor candidate for transplant because of his hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Now, FB tells you “I want to go off dialysis, I’d rather not live than to be in this treatment the rest of my life”. How would you respond to him?

A. leave the room and allow him to collect his thoughts

B. tell FB that “ We all have days when we don’t feel like going on”

C. tell FB that “ Treatments are only three times a week, you can live with that”

D. take a sit next to him and sit quietly

24. DS signed a consent form for participation in a clinical trial for implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Which statement by DS indicates the need for further teaching before true informed consent can be obtained?

A. “a wire from the generator will be attached to my heart”

B. “the physician will make a small incision in my chest wall and place the generator there”

C. “I wonder if there is another way to protect these bad rhythms”

D. “this implanted defibrillator will protect me from those bad rhythms my heart goes into”

25. KP is participating in a cardiac study in which his physician is directly involved. Which statement by KP indicates a lack of understanding about his rights as a research study participant?

A. “My confidentiality will not be compromised in this study”

B. “ I understand the risk associated in this study”

C. “I can withdraw from the study anytime”

D. “ I’ll have to find a new physician if I don’t complete this study”

Situation - Foot care among patients with peripheral vascular problems is very important.

26. When teaching a client with peripheral vascular disease about foot care, you should include which instructions:

A. avoid wearing canvas shoes

B. avoid using a nail clipper to cut toe nails

C. avoid use of cornstarch on the foot

D. avoid wearing cotton socks

27. FT, who has no known history of peripheral vascular disease, comes to the emergency room complaining of sudden onset of lower leg pain. Inspection and palpation reveal absent pulses, paresthesia and a mottled, cyanotic, cold, cadaverous left calf. While the physician determines the appropriate management, you should:

A. shave the affected leg in anticipation of surgery

B. place a healing pad around the calf

C. keep the affected leg level or slightly dependent

D. elevate the affected calf as high as possible

28. Peripheral neuropathies primarily affect:

A. sensory functions

B. vascular functions

C. optic functions

D. motor functions

29. Peripheral neuropathy can BEST be controlled by:

A. good glucose control

B. steroid therapy

C. vitamin supplement

D. nothing, there is no slowing the process

30. In addition to clients with diabetes mellitus you must be aware that acute hypoglycemia can also develop in a client with:

A. hypertension

B. hyperthyroidism

C. liver disease

D. diabetes insipidus