NCLEX Psychiatric Nursing! Trivia Questions Quiz

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Welcome to the NCLEX Psychiatric Nursing Trivia Questions Quiz. Hey learner, you are welcome to this extended review test of what you have learned so far in preparation for NCLEX Psychiatric Nursing. It has questions from the most tested topics and others that students have had a hard time answering in past exams. Be sure to try it out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A client with obsessive-compulsive disorder is hospitalized on an inpatient unit. Which nursing response is most therapeutic? 
    • A. 

      Accepting the client’s obsessive-compulsive behaviors

    • B. 

      Challenging the client’s obsessive-compulsive behaviors

    • C. 

      Preventing the client’s obsessive-compulsive behaviors

    • D. 

      Rejecting the client’s obsessive-compulsive behaviors

  • 2. 
    A 45-year-old woman with a history of depression tells a nurse in her doctor’s office that she has difficulty with sexual arousal and is fearful that her husband will have an affair. Which of the following factors would the nurse identify as least significant in contributing to the client’s sexual difficulty?
    • A. 

      Education and work history

    • B. 

      Medication used

    • C. 

      Physical health status

    • D. 

      Quality of spousal relationship

  • 3. 
    Which nursing intervention is most appropriate for a client with anorexia nervosa during initial hospitalization on a behavioral therapy unit? 
    • A. 

      Emphasize the importance of good nutrition to establish normal weight.

    • B. 

      Ignore the client’s mealtime behavior and focus instead on issues of dependence and independence.

    • C. 

      Help establish a plan using privileges and restrictions based on compliance with refeeding.

    • D. 

      Teach the client information about the long-term physical consequence of anorexia.

  • 4. 
    A nurse is evaluating therapy with the family of a client with anorexia nervosa. Which of the following would indicate that the therapy was successful? 
    • A. 

      The parents reinforce increased decision making by the client

    • B. 

      The parents clearly verbalize their expectations for the client

    • C. 

      The client verbalizes that family meals are now enjoyable.

    • D. 

      The client tells her parents about feelings of low-self-esteem.

  • 5. 
    The nurse is working with a client with a somatoform disorder. Which client outcome goal would the nurse most likely establish in this situation? 
    • A. 

      The client will recognize signs and symptoms of physical illness.

    • B. 

      The client will cope with physical illness.

    • C. 

      The client will take prescribed medications.

    • D. 

      The client will express anxiety verbally rather than through physical symptoms.

  • 6. 
    A client with a bipolar disorder exhibits manic behavior. The nursing diagnosis is Disturbed thought processes related to difficulty concentrating, secondary to flight of ideas. Which of the following outcome criteria would indicate improvement in the client? 
    • A. 

      The client verbalizes feelings directly during treatment.

    • B. 

      The client verbalizes positive “self” statement.

    • C. 

      The client speaks in coherent sentences.

    • D. 

      The client reports feelings calmer.

  • 7. 
    A client tells a nurse. “Everyone would be better off if I wasn’t alive.” Which nursing diagnosis would be made based on this statement?
    • A. 

      Disturbed thought processes

    • B. 

      Ineffective coping

    • C. 

      Risk for self-directed violence

    • D. 

      Impaired social interaction

  • 8. 
    Which information is most essential in the initial teaching session for the family of a young adult recently diagnosed with schizophrenia? 
    • A. 

      Symptoms of this disease imbalance in the brain.

    • B. 

      Genetic history is an important factor related to the development of schizophrenia.

    • C. 

      Schizophrenia is a serious disease affecting every aspect of a person’s functioning.

    • D. 

      The distressing symptoms of this disorder can respond to treatment with medications.

  • 9. 
    A nurse is working with a client who has schizophrenia, paranoid type. Which of the following outcomes related to the client’s delusional perceptions would the nurse establish? 
    • A. 

      The client will demonstrate realistic interpretation of daily events in the unit.

    • B. 

      The client will perform daily hygiene and grooming without assistance.

    • C. 

      The client will take prescribed medications without difficulty.

    • D. 

      The client will participate in unit activities.

  • 10. 
    A client with bipolar disorder, manic type, exhibits extreme excitement, delusional thinking, and command hallucinations. Which of the following is the priority nursing diagnosis? 
    • A. 

      Anxiety

    • B. 

      Impaired social interaction

    • C. 

      Disturbed sensory-perceptual alteration (auditory)

    • D. 

      Risk for other-directed violence

  • 11. 
    A client who abuses alcohol and cocaine tells a nurse that he only uses substances because of his stressful marriage and difficult job. Which defense mechanisms is this client using? 
    • A. 

      Displacement

    • B. 

      Projection

    • C. 

      Rationalization

    • D. 

      Sublimation

  • 12. 
    An 11-year-old child diagnosed with conduct disorder is admitted to the psychiatric unit for treatment. Which of the following behaviors would the nurse assess? 
    • A. 

      Restlessness, short attention span, hyperactivity

    • B. 

      Physical aggressiveness, low stress tolerance disregard for the rights of others

    • C. 

      Deterioration in social functioning, excessive anxiety and worry, bizarre behavior

    • D. 

      Sadness, poor appetite and sleeplessness, loss of interest in activities

  • 13. 
    The nurse understands that if a client continues to be dependent on heroin throughout her pregnancy, her baby will be at high risk for: 
    • A. 

      Mental retardation.

    • B. 

      Heroin dependence.

    • C. 

      Addiction in adulthood.

    • D. 

      Psychological disturbances.

  • 14. 
    The emergency department nurse is assigned to provide care for a victim of a sexual assault. When following legal and agency guidelines, which intervention is most important?
    • A. 

      Determine the assailant’s identity.

    • B. 

      Preserve the client’s privacy.

    • C. 

      Identify the extent of injury.

    • D. 

      Ensure an unbroken chain of evidence.

  • 15. 
    The nurse would expect a client with early Alzheimer’s disease to have problems with: 
    • A. 

      Balancing a checkbook.

    • B. 

      Self-care measures.

    • C. 

      Relating to family members.

    • D. 

      Remembering his own name

  • 16. 
    Which nursing intervention is most appropriate for a client with Alzheimer’s disease who has frequent episodes emotional lability? 
    • A. 

      Attempt humor to alter the client mood.

    • B. 

      Explore reasons for the client’s altered mood.

    • C. 

      Reduce environmental stimuli to redirect the client’s attention.

    • D. 

      Use logic to point out reality aspects.

  • 17. 
    Which neurotransmitter has been implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s disease? 
    • A. 

      Acetylcholine

    • B. 

      Dopamine

    • C. 

      Epinephrine

    • D. 

      Serotonin

  • 18. 
    Which factors are most essential for the nurse to assess when providing crisis intervention foe a client? 
    • A. 

      The client’s communication and coping skills

    • B. 

      The client’s anxiety level and ability to express feelings

    • C. 

      The client’s perception of the triggering event and availability of situational supports

    • D. 

      The client’s use of reality testing and level of depression

  • 19. 
    The nurse considers a client’s response to crisis intervention successful if the client: 
    • A. 

      Changes coping skills and behavioral patterns.

    • B. 

      Develops insight into reasons why the crisis occurred.

    • C. 

      Learns to relate better to others.

    • D. 

      Returns to his previous level of functioning.

  • 20. 
    Two nurses are co-leading group therapy for seven clients in the psychiatric unit. The leaders observe that the group members are anxious and look to the leaders for answers. Which phase of development is this group in? 
    • A. 

      Conflict resolution phase

    • B. 

      Initiation phase

    • C. 

      Working phase

    • D. 

      Termination phase

  • 21. 
    Group members have worked very hard, and the nurse reminds them that termination is approaching. Termination is considered successful if group members:
    • A. 

      Decide to continue.

    • B. 

      Elevate group progress

    • C. 

      Focus on positive experience

    • D. 

      Stop attending prior to termination.

  • 22. 
    The nurse is teaching a group of clients about the mood-stabilizing medications lithium carbonate. Which medications should she instruct the clients to avoid because of the increased risk of lithium toxicity?
    • A. 

      Antacids

    • B. 

      Antibiotics

    • C. 

      Diuretics

    • D. 

      Hypoglycemic agents

  • 23. 
    When providing family therapy, the nurse analyzes the functioning of healthy family systems. Which situations would not increase stress on a healthy family system? 
    • A. 

      An adolescent’s going away to college

    • B. 

      The birth of a child

    • C. 

      The death of a grandparent

    • D. 

      Parental disagreement

  • 24. 
    A client taking the monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressant isocarboxazid (Marplan) is instructed by the nurse to avoid which foods and beverages? 
    • A. 

      Aged cheese and red wine

    • B. 

      Milk and green, leaf vegetables

    • C. 

      Carbonated beverages and tomato products

    • D. 

      Lean red meats and fruit juices

  • 25. 
    Prior to administering chlorpromazine (Thorazine) to an agitated client, the nurse should
    • A. 

      Assess skin color and sclera

    • B. 

      Assess the radial pulse

    • C. 

      Take the client’s blood pressure

    • D. 

      Ask the client to void

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