NCLEX: Lab and test results pop quiz!

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Remember school days when a teacher would be discussing something and someone would invariably pipe up and ask, “Will this be on the exam?” Or how about those nursing teachers who loved to spring pop quizzes on unsuspecting nursing students? Whether you graduated last year or 25 years ago, some student memories are hard to shake. And here we are helping you bring back those memories!

A client is admitted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The client’s laboratory values reveal a CO2 level of 49 mEq/L. The HCO3 level is 26 mEq/L, and the pH is 7.32. The nurse is aware that these laboratory values reveal:

The nurse is performing an ECG tracing on a client with a history of cardiac disease. Where should the nurse apply the negative lead?

After a client’s cardiac catheterization where the femoral artery is used as the access vessel, the nurse should:

The nurse is assessing the client for Trousseau’s sign. Which finding indicates a positive Trousseau sign?

A client with diabetes presents to the emergency department with pupils dilated. Which action by the nurse indicates understanding of the client’s presenting symptom?

A screen test for detection of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reveals a positive ELISA test. Which test will be used to confirm the diagnosis of HIV?

A pregnant client has an Alpha Feta protein level drawn to check for a neural tube defect. The nurse should explain to the client that:

While the client is taking Digoxin (digitalis), the nurse should check the client’s laboratory values. Which laboratory value should be reported to the doctor?

A client with head trauma is admitted following a motor vehicle accident. The nurse notes 5,000 ml of dilute urinary output within three hours of admission. Which finding would support a diagnosis of diabetes insipidus?

Which of the following laboratory results indicates hypoparathyroidism?

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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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19 Responses to NCLEX: Lab and test results pop quiz!



  2. RNM

    I got 5!huhu

  3. Mary Susan Chu

    I g0t 7 0ut 0f 10..n0t a bad sc0re f0r a student nurse like me..well, i have t0 review m0re t0 pass the b0ard exams..(^_^)

  4. Myk


  5. Your name

    Surprisingly! I’ve completed NCLEX quiz:lab/test results pop quiz! I scored 7 out of 10. Rated as ‘Good’..after 5 years na bakante! hahaha.. may na stock pla sa memory bank ko…

  6. arleen m. florentino

    thank u very much….more sample question

  7. perfect!one more quiz please….

  8. gina

    it’s not bad i’m still competent in taking the exam

  9. jessie botero

    i got 7 out 10, but i missed one question..more sample question please..

  10. sharon a.

    huhuhu need to study more…

  11. Chad

    Competent daw???? mmmm?

  12. shey

    I got 8 out of 10! yeaaaa!!! Quite impressed with myself


    Keeping in mind that the NCLEX was updated in 2013, does this publication cover the new material? Thank you.

    • Scrubs Staff

      Hi gstep! The book these questions were taken from was published in 2010, so you may want to seek out the latest version to study the new material!

  14. cinnybug

    8 out of 10…not too shabby for an LPN…mabe I SHOULD get my RN LOL

  15. Emelda

    7 out of ten? Not too bad.

  16. SusanL

    9 out of 10 not too bad for someone who took the NCLEX over 30 years ago

  17. meridel

    not that bad:)

  18. mschris

    Guess I need to study a bit more:)