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Quiz: Endocrine system

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Whether your specialty is orthopedics or pediatrics, chances are you’ll run into patients who have some sort of endocrine imbalance.

So, how well do you remember your endocrine system?

Let us help you brush up on the basics.

The client is scheduled for a transphenoidal hypophysectomy. During the immediate post-operative period, which nursing task should receive priority?





The client with Graves’ disease is experiencing exophthalmos. Which action taken by the nurse indicates that the nurse is aware of the problems associated with sicca?





The client returns from surgery following a thyroidectomy. Which action by the nurse indicates understanding of the needs of the client who has a thyroidectomy?





Which action by the nurse indicates that she understands the necessary action to be taken if the client with diabetes has altered sensorium and skin that is cold and clammy?





The client is experiencing the Somogyi effect of his diabetes mellitus. Which action indicates that the nurse understands the Somogyi effect?





The client is experiencing dawn phenomenon associated with diabetes mellitus. Which action by the nurse indicates knowledge of dawn phenomenon?





The client has an order for administration of 10 units of regular insulin to be given at 7:00 a.m. The nurse should offer a snack at:





The client is being treated with NPH insulin at 8:00 am. The nurse should offer a snack at:





The client scheduled for a pacemaker insertion has been taking metformin (Glucophage) for control of diabetes mellitus. Which instruction should the nurse give the client taking metformin?





The client is admitted with Cushing’s disease. Which symptoms support the diagnosis of Cushing’s disease?







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Marijke Durning

Marijke is a professional writer who began her working career as a registered nurse over 25 years ago. After working in clinical areas ranging from rehab to intensive care, as a floor nurse to a supervisor, she found she could combine her extensive health knowledge with her love of writing. Although she has been published in a wide variety of publications for professionals and the general public, her passion is writing for the every day person to promote health literacy.
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2 Responses to Quiz: Endocrine system

  1. Another Endocrine system quiz plus 16 other body systems quizzes can be found at the Learning Nurse Test and Quiz Center at http://www.learningnurse.com/content/view/25/39/

  2. Granny RN RN

    Unfortunately for diabetic patients much of the Teaching of How to Manage Diabetes has been eliminated from hospital nursing departments as a cost-cutting measure. It is important that the (especially NEW) diabetic understands not only WHAT you are doing but also WHY.
    Principles Guide Actions! The more that a patient understands HOW and WHY things work and WHAT makes them important the greater the degree of compliance.

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