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NCLEX quiz: lab values


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Lab values, drug dosages, drip rates…there are numbers everywhere you look around the nursing station and unit.

When you’re a nurse, you can’t escape them. In some areas of nursing, you need to know only some basic numbers, but in other areas, you need to know very precise lab values and how to titrate medications to the tiniest amount possible.

Do you know your numbers? Let’s see how well you do on the NCLEX Lab Value and Medications Quiz!

1. The nurse is caring for a client admitted with a potassium level of 3.9 mEq/L, a blood glucose level of 98 mg/dL, a serum calcium level of 10.0 mg/dL and a blood urea nitrogen level of 30 mg/dL. Which of these values should be reported to the physician immediately?

2. The client is admitted with a sodium level of 100 mEq/L. After checking the other laboratory values, the nurse should:

3. The client is taking rosiglitazone (Avandia) for control of his diabetes. Which laboratory result should be reported to the physician?

4. The client is being treated with Acarbose (Precose). Which laboratory results should be reported to the physician?

5. The client with diabetes mellitus has a carbon dioxide level of 46 mEq/L. The nurse would expect to see which symptom in the client with a carbon dioxide level of 46 mEq/L?

6. The client with HIV has a viral load of 300 copies per mL. Evaluation of the test results indicate:

7. The client has a CD4 +T cell count of 500 The correct assessment of this laboratory finding would be:

8. The pregnant client’s magnesium level is checked every six hours during magnesium sulfate therapy. If the client’s magnesium level is 9.0 mg/dL, the nurse should:

9. The client is admitted two weeks after the onset of chest pain. Which laboratory test is the most indicative for a myocardial infarction?

10. The nurse is preparing to monitor the client’s central venous pressure. Which position would provide the most reliable measurement of the CVP?

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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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