A patient is prescribed lactated Ringer's solution, 2500 ml over 24 hours. The nurse sets the infusion rate at 125 ml/hour. The infusion will be complete in:
•2500 ml divided by the hourly rate, 125 ml/hr.
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An elderly patient with respiratory failure informs the nurse that she does not want to be placed on a ventilator. What should the nurse do next?
The nurse is discontinuing a central venous catheter. Which of the following steps should be taken?
A 54-year-old male patient underwent a thoracotomy. A chest tube was placed to help drain the blood and fluid in the pleural space. The nurse expects the hourly drainage to be less than:
While preparing to administer medication, the nurse safely verifies the patient's identity by:
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When preparing a patient for surgery, the nurse learns that the patient stopped taking her blood pressure medication because it was too expensive. The nurse should collaborate with which health care team member to provide the patient with information and resources for lowering medication costs?
A nurse is preparing an I.V. medication from a vial. After the nurse removes the cap from the unused vial, she should:
A nurse is preparing to administer an enema to a 9-year-old with severe constipation. Which of the following patient positions should be used?
A 40-year-old male sustained a pleural effusion. The chest x-ray shows that accumulation of fluid is present in the left lower lobe of the lung. The physician decides to insert a chest tube to drain the fluid. Where is the insertion site?
A 23-year-old patient sustained a cervical spinal cord injury from a motorcycle accident. A tracheostomy is made to facilitate long-term ventilation. In performing tracheostomy care, the nurse would take the highest consideration on which of the following?
A nurse caring for a 8-year-old with H.I.V. is having trouble reading the dosage on a medication order. What should the nurse do?
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The nurse is caring for an unconscious patient and must decide what is best for the patient. Which of the following principles is the nurse applying?
A nurse is reviewing a physician order for a medication that she does not recognize. After the nurse looks up the medication in a drug reference with no success, what should she do next?
A nurse administers a medication to a patient with pneumonia. Which of the following is the nurse responsible for documenting?
The nurse is caring for a patient with an infiltrated I.V. from normal saline. After the nurse removes the I.V., she expects the physician to order the application of:
A patient with advanced lung cancer has been placed on the transplant list. While discussing the patient's situation with the nurse, the physician states that the patient most likely will continue to smoke despite being on the transplant list. How should the nurse respond?
Which of the following should be included in the performance evaluations of nursing staff?
Which of the following must the nurse document when administering medications?
A patient has had a DNR order for several years, but is now re-thinking this. The patient asks the nurse if he can change his DNR order, so all appropriate measures will be done to save his life. Which of the following responses is correct?
A nurse administers Zofran to a nauseated patient but forgets to document the administration. The charge nurse is aware of this mistake and makes the appropriate changes to the medication administration record. Which type of documentation error is this?
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