NCLEX Sample Questions Pediatric Nursing Part 1 Answers and Rationale

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  1. Answer C. A recent episode of pharyngitis is the most important factor in establishing the diagnosis of rheumatic fever. Although the child may have a history of fever or vomiting or lack interest in food, these findings are not specific to rheumatic fever.
  2. Answer C. In an emergency, intraosseous drug administration is typically used when a child is critically ill and under age 3.
  3. Answer D. A family’s behavioral patterns and values are passed from one generation to the next. Cultural background commonly plays a major role in determining a family’s health practices. Physical characteristics do not indicate a child’s culture. Although heritage plays a role in culture, it does not dictate a group’s shared values and its effect on culture is weaker than that of behavioral patterns.
  4. Answer A. Because the anterior fontanel normally closes between ages 12 and 18 months, the nurse should notify the doctor promptly of this finding. An open fontanel does not indicate abuse and is not associated with Tay-Sachs disease.
  5. Answer B. Ulcerative colitis causes profuse diarrhea, intense abdominal cramps, anal fissures, and abdominal distentions are more common in Crohn’s disease.
  6. Answer D. The recommended injection site for an infant is the vastus lateralis or rectus femoris muscles. The deltoid is inappropriate. The dorsogluteal and ventrogluteal sites can be used only in toddlers who have been walking for about 1 year.
  7. Answer C. A negative nitrogen balance may result from inadequate protein intake and is best detected by measuring the total protein level. Measuring total iron-bi8nding capacity, hemoglobin, and serum transferring levels would help detect iron-deficiency anemia, not a negative nitrogen balance.
  8. Answer B. According to Erikson, the primary psychosocial task during adolescence is to establish a personal identity confusion. The adolescent attempts to establish a group identity by seeking acceptance and approval from peers, and strives to attain a personal identity by becoming more independent form the family. Becoming industrious is the developmental task of the school-age child, achieving intimacy is the task of the young adult, and developing initiative is the task of the preschooler.
  9. Answer B. Preschool-age children are most likely to view illness as a punishment for misdeeds. Separation anxiety, although seen in all age group, is most common in older infants. Fear of death is typical of older school-age children and adolescents. Adolescents also fear mutilation.
  10. Answer C. The nurse should obtain objective information about the child’s nutritional intake, such as by asking about what the child ate for a specific meal. The other options ask for subjective replies that would be open to interpretation.
  1. Answer A. The most important data to obtain on a child’s arrival in the emergency department are vital sign measurements. The nurse should gather the other data later.
  2. Answer D. The stress of starting nursery school may trigger a return to a level of successful behavior from earlier stages of development. A child’s skills remain intact, although increased stress may prevent the child from using these skills. Growth occurs when the child does not regress. Parents rarely desire less mature behaviors.
  3. Answer D. A child’s poor progress in school may indicate a visual disturbance. The other options are more appropriate questions to ask when assessing vision in a geriatric patient.
  4. Answer C. Rice cereal is the first solid food an infant should receive because it is easy to digest and is associated with few allergies. Next, the infant can receive pureed fruits, such as bananas, applesauce, and pears, followed by pureed vegetables, egg yolks, cheese, yogurt, and finally, meat. Egg whites should not be given until age 9 months because they may trigger a food allergy.
  5. Answer C. Succinycholine is an ultra-short-acting depolarizing agent used for rapid-sequence intubation. Bradycardia can occur, especially in children. Atropine is the drug of choice in treating succinylcholine-induced bradycardia. Lidocaine is used in adults only. Epineprine bolus and isoproterenol are not used in rapid-sequence intubation because of their profound cardiac effects.
  6. Answer A. Bryant’s traction is used to treat femoral fractures of congenital hip dislocation in children under age 2 who weigh less than 30 lb (13.6 kg). Buck’s extension traction is skin traction used for short-term immobilization or to correct bone deformities or contractures; overhead suspension traction is used to treat fractures of the humerus; and 90-90 traction is used to treat femoral fracture in children over age 2.
  7. Answer D. Because adolescents absorb less information through reading, providing age-appropriate reading materials is the least effective way to teach parenting skills to an adolescent. The other options engage more than one of the senses and therefore serve as effective teaching strategies.
  8. Answer D. Normally the top of the ear aligns with an imaginary line drawn across the inner and outer canthus of the eye. Ears set below this line are associated with renal anomalies or mental retardation. Low-set ears do not accompany otogenous tetanus, tracheoesophageal fistula, or congenital heart defects.
  9. Answer A. At age 3, gross motor development and refinement in eye-hand coordination enable a child to ride a tricycle. The fine motor skills required to tie shoelaces and the gross motor skills requires for roller-skating and jumping rope develop around age 5.
  10. Answer A. In a child, Eustachian tubes are short and lie in a horizontal plane, promoting entry of nasopharyngeal secretions into the tubes and thus setting the stage for otitis media. The nosopharynx, tympanic membrane, external ear canal have no unusual features that would predispose a child to otitis media.
  11. Answer A. Increased urine output, a sign of improving kidney function, typically is the first sign that a child with acute poststreptoccocal glomerulonephritis (APSGN) is improving. Increased appetite, an increased energy level, and decreased diarrhea are not specific to APSGN.
  12. Answer C. The primary purpose of administering corticosteroids to a child with nephritic syndrome is to decrease proteinuria. Corticosteroids have no effect on blood pressure. Although they help reduce inflammation, this is not the reason for their use in patients with nephritic syndrome. Corticosteroids may predispose a patient to infection.
  13. Answer A. In an infant, signs of fluid volume deficit (dehydration) include sunken fontanels, increased pulse rate, and decreased blood pressure. They occur when the body can no longer maintain sufficient intravascular fluid volume. When this happens, the kidneys conserve water to minimize fluid loss, which results in concentrated urine with a high specific gravity.
  14. Answer C. The nurse should shake a suspension before administration to dispersed drug particles uniformly. Diluting the suspension and crushing particles are not recommended for this drug form.
  15. Answer A. Fluid volume replacement must be calculated to the child’s weight to avoid over-hydration. Initial fluid bolus is administered at 20 ml/kg, followed by another 20 ml/kg bolus if there is no improvement in fluid status.
  16. Answer B. According to the American Association on Mental Deficiency, a person with an intelligence quotient (IQ) between 50 and 70 is classified as mildly mentally retarded but educable. One with an IQ between 35 and 50 is classified as moderately retarded but trainable. One with an IQ below 36 is severely and profoundly impaired, requiring custodial care.
  17. Answer C. Role and relationship patterns focus on body image and the patient’s relationship with others, which commonly interrelated with food intake. Questions about activities and food preferences elicit information about health promotion and health protection behaviors. Questions about food allergies elicit information about health and illness patterns.
  18. Answer B. SIDS can occur any time between 1 week and 1 year of age. The incidence peaks at 2 to 4 months of age.
  19. Answer D. An adolescent who demonstrates a preoccupation with death (such as by talking about death frequently) should be considered at high risk for suicide. Although depression, excessive sleepiness, and a history of cocaine use may occur in suicidal adolescents, they also occur in adolescents who are not suicidal.
  20. Answer D. The most common sign of Wilms’ tumor is a painless, palpable abdominal mass, sometimes accompanied by an increase in abdominal girth. Gross hematuria is uncommon, although microscopic hematuria may be present. Dysuria is not associated with Wilms’ tumor. Nausea and vomiting are rare in children with Wilms’ tumor.
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Latest Comments
  1. john rooster

    The LVN/LPN with a 2-year-old client would recommend which appropriate action to the parent to encourage autonomy

  2. judy taylor

    would love to see pediatrics by health category, group of questions on neuro, CV, renal, respiratory, etc.
    Your questions were very good–
    Keep up the good work.

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