Can You Pass This Medical Surgical Nurse Test? Trivia Quiz

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Can You Pass This Medical Surgical Nurse Test? Trivia Quiz

Surgery is a complicated process, and there is much that goes into becoming a surgical nurse. The quiz below covers the scope of this Nursing Test IV is parallel to the NP4 NLE Coverage: Medical-Surgical Nursing. Do you think that you have studied enough to pass it? Why don’t you take up the quiz below and see if you should get a tutor!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Following spinal injury, the nurse should encourage the client to drink fluids to avoid:
    • A. 

      Urinary tract infection.

    • B. 

      Fluid and electrolyte imbalance.

    • C. 

      Dehydration.

    • D. 

      Skin breakdown.

  • 2. 
     The client is transferred from the operating room to recovery room after an open-heart surgery. The nurse assigned is taking the vital signs of the client. The nurse notified the physician when the temperature of the client rises to 38.8 ºC or 102 ºF because elevated temperatures:
    • A. 

      May be a forerunner of hemorrhage.

    • B. 

      Are related to diaphoresis and possible chilling.

    • C. 

      May indicate cerebral edema.

    • D. 

      Increase the cardiac output.

  • 3. 
     After radiation therapy for cancer of the prostate, the client experienced irritation in the bladder. Which of the following sign of bladder irritability is correct?
    • A. 

      Hematuria

    • B. 

      Dysuria

    • C. 

      Polyuria

    • D. 

      Dribbling

  • 4. 
     A client is diagnosed with a brain tumor in the occipital lobe. Which of the following will the client most likely experience?
    • A. 

      Visual hallucinations.

    • B. 

      Receptive aphasia.

    • C. 

      Hemiparesis.

    • D. 

      Personality changes.

  • 5. 
     A client with Addison’s disease has a blood pressure of 65/60. The nurse understands that decreased blood pressure of the client with Addison’s disease involves a disturbance in the production of:
    • A. 

      Androgens

    • B. 

      Glucocorticoids

    • C. 

      Mineralocorticoids

    • D. 

      Estrogen

  • 6. 
    The nurse is planning to teach the client about a spontaneous pneumothorax. The nurse would base the teaching on the understanding that:
    • A. 

      Inspired air will move from the lung into the pleural space.

    • B. 

      There is greater negative pressure within the chest cavity.

    • C. 

      The heart and great vessels shift to the affected side.

    • D. 

      The other lung will collapse if not treated immediately.

  • 7. 
     During an assessment, the nurse recognizes that the client has an increased risk for developing cancer of the tongue. Which of the following health history will be a concern?
    • A. 

      Heavy consumption of alcohol.

    • B. 

      Frequent gum chewing.

    • C. 

      Nail biting.

    • D. 

      Poor dental habits.

  • 8. 
     The client in the orthopedic unit asks the nurse the reason behind why compact bone is stronger than cancellous bone. Which of the following is the correct response of the nurse?
    • A. 

      Compact bone is stronger than cancellous bone because of its greater size.

    • B. 

      Compact bone is stronger than cancellous bone because of its greater weight.

    • C. 

      Compact bone is stronger than cancellous bone because of its greater volume.

    • D. 

      Compact bone is stronger than cancellous bone because of its greater density.

  • 9. 
     The nurse is reviewing the laboratory results of the client. In reviewing the results of the RBC count, the nurse understands that the higher the red blood cell count, the :  
    • A. 

      Greater the blood viscosity.

    • B. 

      Higher the blood pH.

    • C. 

      Less it contributes to immunity.

    • D. 

      Lower the hematocrit.

  • 10. 
     The physician advised the client with Hemiparesis to use a cane. The client asks the nurse why cane will be needed. The nurse explains to the client that cane is advised specifically to:
    • A. 

      Aid in controlling involuntary muscle movements.

    • B. 

      Relieve pressure on weight-bearing joints.

    • C. 

      Maintain balance and improve stability.

    • D. 

      Prevent further injury to weakened muscles.

  • 11. 
     The nurse is conducting a discharge teaching regarding the prevention of further problems to a client who undergone surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome of the right hand. Which of the following instruction will the nurse includes? 
    • A. 

      Learn to type using your left hand only.

    • B. 

      Avoid typing in a long period of time.

    • C. 

      Avoid carrying heavy things using the right hand.

    • D. 

      Do manual stretching exercise during breaks.

  • 12. 
    A female client is admitted because of recurrent urinary tract infections. The client asks the nurse why she is prone to this disease. The nurse states that the client is most susceptible because of: 
    • A. 

      Continuity of the mucous membrane.

    • B. 

      Inadequate fluid intake.

    • C. 

      The length of the urethra.

    • D. 

      Poor hygienic practices.

  • 13. 
     A 55-year-old client is admitted with chest pain that radiates to the neck, jaw and shoulders that occurs at rest, with high body temperature, weak with generalized sweating and with decreased blood pressure. A myocardial infarction is diagnosed. The nurse knows that the most accurate explanation for one of these presenting adaptations is: 
    • A. 

      Catecholamines released at the site of the infarction causes intermittent localized pain.

    • B. 

      Parasympathetic reflexes from the infarcted myocardium causes diaphoresis.

    • C. 

      Constriction of central and peripheral blood vessels causes a decrease in blood pressure.

    • D. 

      Inflammation in the myocardium causes a rise in the systemic body temperature.

  • 14. 
    Following an amputation of a lower limb to a male client, the nurse provides an instruction on how to prevent a hip flexion contracture. The nurse should instruct the client to:. 
    • A. 

      Perform quadriceps muscle setting exercises twice a day.

    • B. 

      Sit in a chair for 30 minutes three times a day.

    • C. 

      Lie on the abdomen 30 minutes every four hours.

    • D. 

      Turn from side to side every 2 hours.

  • 15. 
    The physician scheduled the client with rheumatoid arthritis for the injection of hydrocortisone into the knee joint. The client asks the nurse why there is a need for this injection. The nurse explains that the most important reason for doing this is to: 
    • A. 

      Lubricate the joint.

    • B. 

      Prevent ankylosis of the joint.

    • C. 

      Reduce inflammation.

    • D. 

      Provide physiotherapy.

  • 16. 
    The nurse is assigned to care for a 57-year-old female client who had a cataract surgery an hour ago. The nurse should: 
    • A. 

      Advise the client to refrain from vigorous brushing of teeth and hair.

    • B. 

      Instruct the client to avoid driving for 2 weeks.

    • C. 

      Encourage eye exercises to strengthen the ocular musculature.

    • D. 

      Teach the client coughing and deep-breathing techniques.

  • 17. 
    A client with AIDS develops bacterial pneumonia is admitted in the emergency department. The client’s arterial blood gases is drawn and the result is PaO2 80mmHg. then arterial blood gases are drawn again and the level is reduced from 80 mmHg to 65 mmHg. The nurse should; 
    • A. 

      Have arterial blood gases performed again to check for accuracy.

    • B. 

      Increase the oxygen flow rate.

    • C. 

      Notify the physician.

    • D. 

      Decrease the tension of oxygen in the plasma.

  • 18. 
     An 18-year-old college student is brought to the emergency department due to serious motor vehicle accident. Right above-knee-amputation is done. Upon awakening from surgery the client tells the nurse, “What happened to me? I cannot remember anything?” Which of the following would be the appropriate initial nursing response? 
    • A. 

      “You sound concerned; You’ll probably remember more as you wake up.”

    • B. 

      “Tell me what you think happened.”

    • C. 

      “You were in a car accident this morning.”

    • D. 

      “An amputation of your right leg was necessary because of an accident.”

  • 19. 
    A 38-year-old client with severe hypertension is hospitalized. The physician prescribed a Captopril (Capoten) and Alprazolam (Xanax) for treatment. The client tells the nurse that there is something wrong with the medication and nursing care. The nurse recognizes this behavior is probably a manifestation of the client’s: 
    • A. 

      Reaction to hypertensive medications.

    • B. 

      Denial of illness.

    • C. 

      Response to cerebral anoxia.

    • D. 

      Fear of the health problem.

  • 20. 
    Before discharge, the nurse scheduled the client who had a colostomy for colorectal cancer for discharge instruction about resuming activities. The nurse should plan to help the client understands that: 
    • A. 

      After surgery, changes in activities must be made to accommodate for the physiologic changes caused by the operation.

    • B. 

      Most sports activities, except for swimming, can be resumed based on the client’s overall physical condition.

    • C. 

      With counseling and medical guidance, a near normal lifestyle, including complete sexual function is possible.

    • D. 

      Activities of daily living should be resumed as quickly as possible to avoid depression and further dependency.

  • 21. 
    A client is scheduled for bariatric surgery. Preoperative teaching is done. Which of the following statement would alert the nurse that further teaching to the client is necessary? 
    • A. 

      “I will be limiting my intake to 600 to 800 calories a day once I start eating again.”

    • B. 

      “I’m going to have a figure like a model in about a year.”

    • C. 

      “I need to eat more high-protein foods.”

    • D. 

      “I will be going to be out of bed and sitting in a chair the first day after surgery.”.

  • 22. 
    The client who had transverse colostomy asks the nurse about the possible effect of the surgery on future sexual relationship. What would be the best nursing response? 
    • A. 

      The surgery will temporarily decrease the client’s sexual impulses.

    • B. 

      Sexual relationships must be curtailed for several weeks.

    • C. 

      The partner should be told about the surgery before any sexual activity.

    • D. 

      The client will be able to resume normal sexual relationships.

  • 23. 
    A 75-year-old male client tells the nurse that his wife has osteoporosis and asks what chances he had of getting also osteoporosis like his wife. Which of the following is the correct response of the nurse?  
    • A. 

      “This is only a problem for women.”

    • B. 

      “You are not at risk because of your small frame.”

    • C. 

      “You might think about having a bone density test,”

    • D. 

      “Exercise is a good way to prevent this problem.”

  • 24. 
    An older adult client with acute pain is admitted in the hospital. The nurse understands that in managing acute pain of the client during the first 24 hours, the nurse should ensure that:  
    • A. 

      Ordered PRN analgesics are administered on a scheduled basis.

    • B. 

      Patient controlled analgesia is avoided in this population.

    • C. 

      Pain medication is ordered via the intramuscular route.

    • D. 

      An order for meperidine (Demerol) is secured for pain relief.

  • 25. 
    A nurse is caring to an older adult with presbycusis. In formulating nursing care plan for this client, the nurse should expect that hearing loss of the client that is caused by aging to have: 
    • A. 

      Overgrowth of the epithelial auditory lining.

    • B. 

      Copious, moist cerumen.

    • C. 

      Difficulty hearing women’s voices.

    • D. 

      Tears in the tympanic membrane.