Nursing Quizzes & Trivia

Doctors and surgeons usually get most of the credit for making people better; but arguably it's often the care that sick or injured people get from nurses that makes a real difference. Nursing as a modern profession dates from the middle of the 19th century... do you know who was its real pioneer? Hint – she was known as the Lady with the Lamp, from her habit of walking round the wards at night with a lantern. Of course it was Florence Nightingale…and to this day nurses who train at St. Thomas’s, her old hospital in London, are known affectionately as “Nightingales”.

Our quiz on nursing covers not just the history on nursing, but many facts about different aspects of this caring profession...from military nursing to how nurses are trained and certified. Take the quiz to learn lots more!

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  • A sudden redness of the skin is known as:

  • The term gavage indicates:

  • A patient states that he has difficulty sleeping in the hospital because of noise. Which of the following would be an appropriate nursing action?

  • Jake is complaining of shortness of breath. The nurse assesses his respiratory rate to be 30 breaths per minute and documents that Jake is tachypneic. The nurse understands that tachypnea means:

  • The nurse listens to Mrs. Sullen’s lungs and notes a hissing sound or musical sound. The nurse documents this as:

  • The nurse in charge measures a patient’s temperature at 101 degrees F. What is the equivalent centigrade temperature?

  • What is the normal range of carbon dioxide (CO2) in arterial blood?

  • What is the normal range of bicarbonate ion (HCO3-) in arterial blood?

  • What is the normal range of pH in the body?

  • Which of the following is not an education tool required prior to an endoscopic procedure?

  • Which patient is most susceptible for acquiring secondary stomatitis?

  • When assessing a client during a routine checkup, the nurse reviews the history and notes that the client had aphthous stomatitis at the time of the last visit. Aphthous stomatitis is best described as: