NCLEX Practice Exam 19 (10 Questions)

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  • 1. 

    A 43-year-old African American male is admitted with sickle cell anemia. The nurse plans to assess circulation in the lower extremities every 2 hours. Which of the following outcome criteria would the nurse use?

    • A.

      Body temperature of 99°F or less

    • B.

      Toes moved in active range of motion

    • C.

      Sensation reported when soles of feet are touched

    • D.

      Capillary refill of < 3 seconds

    Correct Answer
    D. Capillary refill of < 3 seconds
    Explanation
    It is important to assess the extremities for blood vessel occlusion in the client with sickle cell anemia because a change in capillary refill would indicate a change in circulation. Body temperature. motion. and sensation would not give information regarding peripheral circulation; therefore. answers A. B. and C are incorrect.

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  • 2. 

    A 30-year-old male from Haiti is brought to the emergency department in sickle cell crisis. What is the best position for this client?

    • A.

      Side-lying with knees flexed

    • B.

      Knee-chest

    • C.

      High Fowler’s with knees flexed

    • D.

      Semi-Fowler’s with legs extended on the bed

    Correct Answer
    D. Semi-Fowler’s with legs extended on the bed
    Explanation
    Placing the client in semi-Fowler’s position provides the best oxygenation for this client. Flexion of the hips and knees. which includes the knee-chest position. impedes circulation and is not correct positioning for this client. Therefore. answers A. B. and C are incorrect.

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  • 3. 

    A 25-year-old male is admitted in sickle cell crisis. Which of the following interventions would be of highest priority for this client?

    • A.

      Taking hourly blood pressures with mechanical cuff

    • B.

      Encouraging fluid intake of at least 200mL per hour

    • C.

      Position in high Fowler’s with knee gatch raised

    • D.

      Administering Tylenol as ordered

    Correct Answer
    B. Encouraging fluid intake of at least 200mL per hour
    Explanation
    It is important to keep the client in sickle cell crisis hydrated to prevent further sickling of the blood. Answer A is incorrect because a mechanical cuff places too much pressure on the arm. Answer C is incorrect because raising the knee gatch impedes circulation. Answer D is incorrect because Tylenol is too mild an analgesic for the client in crisis.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following foods would the nurse encourage the client in sickle cell crisis to eat?

    • A.

      Peaches

    • B.

      Cottage cheese

    • C.

      Popsicle

    • D.

      Lima beans

    Correct Answer
    C. Popsicle
    Explanation
    Hydration is important in the client with sickle cell disease to prevent thrombus formation. Popsicles. gelatin. juice. and pudding have high fluid content. The foods in answers A. B. and D do not aid in hydration and are. therefore. incorrect.

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  • 5. 

    A newly admitted client has sickle cell crisis. The nurse is planning care based on assessment of the client. The client is complaining of severe pain in his feet and hands. The pulse oximetry is 92. Which of the following interventions would be implemented first? Assume that there are orders for each intervention.

    • A.

      Adjust the room temperature

    • B.

      Give a bolus of IV fluids

    • C.

      Start O2

    • D.

      Administer meperidine (Demerol) 75 mg IV push

    Correct Answer
    C. Start O2
    Explanation
    The most prominent clinical manifestation of sickle cell crisis is pain. However. the pulse oximetry indicates that oxygen levels are low; thus. oxygenation takes precedence over pain relief. Answer A is incorrect because although a warm environment reduces pain and minimizes sickling. it would not be a priority. Answer B is incorrect because although hydration is important. it would not require a bolus. Answer D is incorrect because Demerol is acidifying to the blood and increases sickling.

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  • 6. 

    The nurse is instructing a client with iron-deficiency anemia. Which of the following meal plans would the nurse expect the client to select?

    • A.

      Roast beef. gelatin salad. green beans. and peach pie

    • B.

      Chicken salad sandwich. coleslaw. French fries. ice cream

    • C.

      Egg salad on wheat bread. carrot sticks. lettuce salad. raisin pie

    • D.

      Pork chop. creamed potatoes. corn. and coconut cake

    Correct Answer
    C. Egg salad on wheat bread. carrot sticks. lettuce salad. raisin pie
    Explanation
    Egg yolks. wheat bread. carrots. raisins. and green. leafy vegetables are all high in iron. which is an important mineral for this client. Roast beef. cabbage. and pork chops are also high in iron. but the side dishes accompanying these choices are not; therefore. answers A. B. and D are incorrect.

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  • 7. 

    Clients with sickle cell anemia are taught to avoid activities that cause hypoxia and hypoxemia. Which of the following activities would the nurse recommend?

    • A.

      A family vacation in the Rocky Mountains

    • B.

      Chaperoning the local boys club on a snow-skiing trip

    • C.

      Traveling by airplane for business trips

    • D.

      A bus trip to the Museum of Natural History

    Correct Answer
    D. A bus trip to the Museum of Natural History
    Explanation
    Taking a trip to the museum is the only answer that does not pose a threat. A family vacation in the Rocky Mountains at high altitudes. cold temperatures. and airplane travel can cause sickling episodes and should be avoided; therefore. answers A. B. and C are incorrect.

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  • 8. 

    The nurse is conducting an admission assessment of a client with vitamin B12 deficiency. Which of the following would the nurse include in the physical assessment?

    • A.

      Palpate the spleen

    • B.

      Take the blood pressure

    • C.

      Examine the feet for petechiae

    • D.

      Examine the tongue

    Correct Answer
    D. Examine the tongue
    Explanation
    The tongue is smooth and beefy red in the client with vitamin B12 deficiency. so examining the tongue should be included in the physical assessment. Bleeding. splenomegaly. and blood pressure changes do not occur. making answers A. B. and C incorrect.

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  • 9. 

    An African American female comes to the outpatient clinic. The physician suspects vitamin B12 deficiency anemia. Because jaundice is often a clinical manifestation of this type of anemia. what body part would be the best indicator?

    • A.

      Conjunctiva of the eye

    • B.

      Soles of the feet

    • C.

      Roof of the mouth

    • D.

      Shins

    Correct Answer
    C. Roof of the mouth
    Explanation
    The oral mucosa and hard palate (roof of the mouth) are the best indicators of jaundice in dark-skinned persons. The conjunctiva can have normal deposits of fat. which give a yellowish hue; thus. answer A is incorrect. The soles of the feet can be yellow if they are calloused. making answer B incorrect; the shins would be an area of darker pigment. so answer D is incorrect.

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  • 10. 

    The nurse is conducting a physical assessment on a client with anemia. Which of the following clinical manifestations would be most indicative of the anemia?

    • A.

      BP 146/88

    • B.

      Respirations 28 shallow

    • C.

      Weight gain of 10 pounds in 6 months

    • D.

      Pink complexion

    Correct Answer
    B. Respirations 28 shallow
    Explanation
    When there are fewer red blood cells. there is less hemoglobin and less oxygen. Therefore. the client is often short of breath. as indicated in answer B. The client with anemia is often pale in color. has weight loss. and may be hypotensive. Answers A. C. and D are within normal and. therefore. are incorrect.

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