Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Difficult Nursing Quiz?



By: Kale Havervold

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

While doctors often get a lot of praise and attention, nurses are just as important when it comes to helping patients. They are responsible for doing several things at hospitals and medical centers. Everything from paperwork, to patient care often falls on the shoulders of nurses. They are the unsung heroes of the hospital and need to be very kind, intelligent and willing to work hard and potentially get their hands dirty. Whether they are checking the vital signs of a patient or helping them use the washroom, a nurse plays an incredibly vital role in the healthcare setting.

But how much of what they do and need to know are you aware of? Do you know the symptoms of pneumonia? How about the best time to get an accurate weight of a patient? If so, or you simply want to learn more about nursing, this is the right quiz for you. We will look at a range of things such as the duties of a nurse, nursing stats, medical knowledge that nurses need to know and more.

Without any further ado, put your scrubs on and wash your hands as you prepare yourself to challenge our difficult quiz on all things nursing.

What is a normal blood pressure for a healthy adult?

Blood pressure is a very important and vital part of our lives. It's a measurement of how well blood moves throughout our body. A normal blood pressure is below 120 over below 80.


What is tachycardia?

Tachycardia is when the heart rate of an individual is sped up, Heart rate is controlled by electrical signals, and when an abnormality in the heart occurs that speeds up these signals, the heart rate also increases rapidly.


Back in the day, what was the purpose of the nurse's cap?

The nurse's cap was introduced early in the history of nursing, as a way for a nurse to keep their hair in place and help contribute to a modern appearance. Many nursing schools have a "cap ceremony", where new nurses are given their caps.


In the heart, what is the role of the right ventricle?

The right ventricle is one of the four different chambers of the human heart. The role of the right ventricle is to assist in pumping oxygen-depleted blood into the lungs of the body.


A patient comes in with a "full-thickness" burn. Which degree of burn is it?

While all burns can potentially be serious, a third-degree burn can be horrible. Characteristics of a third-degree burn include black, brown or yellow skin, destroyed nerve endings and multiple layers of skin will be destroyed.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately how many nurses are working in the USA?

Nursing is a very common job and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are around 2.95 million registered nurses working in the USA. Most work in the states of California, Texas, New York and Florida.


If a patient asks a nurse a question that they don't know the answer to, what should they do?

If a nurse is asked a question that they don't know the answer to, it is a good idea for them to say they don't know, but will find out. Asking around the unit can often get them the answer they need to report back to the patient.


What is the medical term for chest pain?

The medical term for chest pain is angina. It can cause uncomfortable pressure or a feeling of fullness in the middle of the chest. It often happens when a heart muscle simply fails to get enough blood.


When a patient is seated in between a 45- and 60-degree angle, which position are they sitting in?

In medicine, the Fowler's position describes the position a patient is sitting in. If a patient is sitting between 45 and 60 degrees, it is the standard Fowler position. The name of the position changes as the degree does.


Which year was the first-ever nursing diploma earned in the USA?

While nursing dates back to the Roman Empire, there wasn't a nursing diploma given out in the USA until 1873. It was given out to Linda Richards, who eventually went on to establish many nursing programs.


In which of the following situations would a nurse need to wear gloves?

Gloves can play an important role in nursing as they can prevent the spread of diseases both ways. However, while important, the only situation of the listed here that would require gloves is providing some kind of oral care to a patient.


If someone is "sundowning," what does that mean?

Sundowning is when a patient enters a state of confusion in the late afternoon which continues into the evening. This confusion can also include anger, anxiety and aggression. It is often observed in some people with certain kinds of dementia.


Of the following symptoms, which is not associated with someone having pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a potentially deadly illness in which germs are allowed to enter and multiply in your lungs. All of the aforementioned symptoms are accurate, except for slow breathing. Most with pneumonia will actually have very fast breathing.


Which of the following best describes an acute illness?

An acute illness is one with a very sudden onset, and will often run its course very quickly. It is often seen as the opposite of a chronic illness, which can continue to affect a patient for a longer period of time.


What is a normal resting heart rate for an adult?

According to experts in the space, a normal resting heart rate for a healthy adult is anywhere between 60-100 beats per minute. The actual rate will depend on age, health and a number of other factors.


An ulcer is a fairly common ailment that many people struggle with. But what exactly is an ulcer?

An ulcer is an open sore that either keep coming back or takes very long to heal. There are a variety of different kinds, and they can happen on both the outside of the body and the inside.


Which of the following is not an electrolyte?

All of the aforementioned are electrolytes, except for folate. Electrolytes, in medicine, are often needed to replenish an individual who has been experiencing diarrhea or vomiting for long periods of time.


How long should it take before surgery staples or sutures are removed after an operation?

When surgeries take place, staples or sutures are often used to close the wound and ensure it stays closes. After a surgery, it will normally take about 1 to 2 weeks before they are able to be removed.


What percentage of nurses are women?

According to stats from Data USA, the overwhelming majority of nurses in the USA are women. In total, just shy of 90% of all nurses in the country are women. However, more and more men are beginning to become interested in the space.


Which of the following can contribute to high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is an unfortunately common ailment that affects many people all over the world. Of the provided factors, all of them can help to contribute to high blood pressure.


In the body, what is folate responsible for doing?

Folate is very important to our bodies, as it is essential for making both RNA and DNA. Also, folate is responsible for assisting in metabolizing certain amino acids to make the division of cells possible.


If a nurse is about to give a patient a flu vaccine, what are they about to do?

While there are many ways for a nurse or doctors to administer drugs, a flu vaccine is done with a needle. The needle is often done on the non-dominant arm in case of pain or tenderness.


How many breaths a minute should a healthy adult be taking?

The average and normal respiratory rate for individuals is between 12 and 20 breaths a minute. This rate ensures that carbon dioxide in the lungs exits the the body at the same pace as it is created.


What is the responsibility of a nurse if they are acting as a patient advocate?

Patient advocacy is all about helping or guiding someone through their experience with the healthcare system. This includes protecting their rights, helping them communicate and a range of other things.


When is the best time for a nurse to gain an accurate weight on a patient?

The weight of a person will fluctuate throughout the day, going up and down. The best time to weigh a patient for accurate result is right in the morning as you haven't had time to lose or gain weight throughout your daily activities.


If a patient is growing aggressive or angry with a nurse, what is the nurse supposed to do?

In the face of an aggressive patient, a nurse should look to remain calm and defuse the situation. However, if things continue to escalate, the nurse should leave the room and consider calling for security.


Which of these following situations would not require CPR on a patient?

CPR is an extremely valuable life-saving maneuver that aims to get people to begin breathing again artificially. If a person is not actually in cardiac arrest, they will likely respond to the CPR efforts.


What is the goal of palliative care from a nurse's standpoint?

The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of a patient, often one who has a life-threatening disease or illness. It is about reducing symptoms and providing relief.


If a patient comes in with a broken clavicle, what part of their body is injured?

If someone has broken their clavicle, it means that they have broken their collarbone. A collarbone is one of the most common bones for people to break and it can require a fairly long recovery.


What is a blood transfusion?

Blood transfusion is done when blood is transferred into the circulation of an individual. This is done to those whose bodies are not making enough blood, or in those who have lost a lot of blood.


How many main or primary vital signs are there?

In total, there are four primary and main vital signs that doctors and nurses will often check in an individual. These are heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and the temperature of the body.


Measuring temperature is common for nurses. When measuring, what temperature is considered normal for an individual?

You may have often heard that the normal body temperature is 98.6F, but this is only an average estimate. In general, it can be around a degree higher or lower and still be within the normal range, which is why 97-99F is normal.


Where is the preferred place for checking the pulse of an adult who is conscious?

Checking the pulse of an individual can be done in many different places. However, one of the easiest and most preferred places is on the wrist, More specifically, the radial artery is checked.


Which hormone is included in an EpiPen?

An EpiPen, which is used for treating a number of different conditions, is full of epinephrine. Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, can help stop a severe allergic reaction from continuing.


What is the most common way that the blood sugar levels of a person are tested?

The way to check the blood sugar levels of an individual is, of course, by using blood. In particular, drawing blood or using a glucometer for those who need to test every day are the most common.


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