Nursing Process Test Questions

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Define the nursing process
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a systematic problem solving approach toward providing individualized nursing care.
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What is NANDA-I
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North American Nursing Diagnosis Association International
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What are the characteristics of the nursing process?
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1-framework for care to indiv, families, & communities 2-orderly & systematic 3-interdependent 4-provides specific care for the indiv, fam, & comm 5- client centered 6-appropriate for use throughout lifespan 7-used in ALL settings
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What are the steps of the nursing process?
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ADPIE A=assessment D=diagnosis P=planning I=implementation E=evaluation
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How does the nurse obtain assessment info?
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1- initial (or admission assessment) 2- focused assessment 3- emergency assesment
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How does the nurse obtain assessment info?
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past medical hx – family hx – reason for admission – current meds – previous hospitalizations & surgeries – psychosocial assessment – nutrition – complete physical assessment
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focused assessment
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Collects data about a problem that has already been identified. This type of assessment determines whether the problem still exists, or any changes.
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focused assessment questions
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‐ What are your symptoms? ‐ When did they start? ‐ What activity were you doing ? ‐ What makes it better or worse? ‐ What are you doing to relieve the symptom?
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Emergency assessment
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Performed to identify a life‐threatening problem (choking, stab wound, heart attack).
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subjective data
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Information verbalized or stated by the client.
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objective data
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‐ Observable and measurable information. ‐ Remember to include your senses: smell, hearing, touch and sight.
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sign
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An objective finding perceived by the examiner ex. (fever, rash, etc.)
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symptom
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Subjective findings verbalized or stated by the client ex. (“I have a headache” ” I feel sick in my stomach.”)
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signs are
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objective
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symptoms are
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subjective
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2 sources of data
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primary & 2ndary
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primary source of data
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‐Information obtained from the patient (only)
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secondary sources of data
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‐ Family members ‐ Significant others ‐ Past & current health records, laboratory tests,diagnostic procedures, consultations from other healthcare professionals.
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collect the data then BLANK the data
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VALIDATE ‐Confirm and verify the information. ‐ Keep it free from errors, bias, or misinterpretation.
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Data is 1,2,3
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collected, validated, then clustered
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clustering of data often contains
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defining characteristics which are specific assessment findings that support a nursing diagnosis.
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during the clustering of data what is used
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critical thinking is used to analyze and synthesize the information that is collected. The data is then put into specific clusters that describe a specific client problem.
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identify sources of data for obtaining information from the client
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subjective & objective, primary & secondary, people, healthcare professionals, medical chart, test & lab results etc
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identify how you develop a nursing diagnosis
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As you cluster data, you begin to consider various diagnoses that may relate to the client. You must remember that if certain defining characteristics do not exist for a specific diagnosis, then you must not use the diagnosis.
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identify how you develop a nursing diagnosis (what is first / next etc)
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1. Complete thorough assessment of the patient. 2.Highlight or underline relevant symptoms (defining characteristics). 3. Make a list of symptoms. 4. Cluster and interpret the symptoms. 5. Analyze and interpret the symptoms. 6. Select a nursing diagnosis based on the definition found in the nursing diagnosis manual by Doenges, Moorhouse and Murr. 7. Remember to prioritize the identified problems.
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what is the difference between a medical and nursing dx
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A medical diagnosis describes a disease process. A nursing diagnosis describes an individual, family or group response to an actual or potential problem.
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medical dx
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‐Identification of a disease condition based on specific findings such as diagnostic tests and procedures. ‐ Remains the same as long as the disease is present.
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nursing dx
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‐ Clinical judgment in response to actual or potential health problems. ‐ Provides a basis for providing nursing care through various interventions to achieve outcomes. ‐ Changes possibly from day to day as the patient’s response changes.
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what are the 4 types of NANDA-I dx
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1. Actual diagnosis 2. Risk diagnosis 3. Health promotion diagnosis 4. Wellness diagnosis
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actual dx
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Represents a problem that has been validated by the presence of defining characteristics (signs and symptoms).
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risk dx
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Is defined by NANDA‐I , “describes human responses to health conditions/life processes that may develop in a vulnerable individual, family, or community. It is supported by risk factors that contribute to increased vulnerability” (NANDA, 2007). Ex. infection after surgery
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health promotion dx
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Clinical judgment of a person, family, or community desire to enhance their well being and readiness to implement health behaviors of a higher level. Ex. nutrition
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wellness dx
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Describes the human responses to levels of wellness in an individual, family or community that have readiness to enhance well being. Ex.Coping, readiness of enhanced related to successful cancer treatment.
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how do you formulate an actual nursing dx; what does it consist of
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A nursing diagnosis consists of 3 parts or what is referred to PES format: P= Problem E =Etiology S =Signs and Symptoms
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what is the purpose of the problem
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to identify the health status or problem of the individual using the approved NANDA – I list. Ex.Pain, acute
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what is the etiology
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the cause ; Identifies the physiologic, psychological, sociologic, spiritual, or environmental factors assumed to be the cause of the problem or a contributing factor.
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the etiology is linked to the problem with the phrase
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“related to” ; The etiology cannot be related to a medical diagnosis.
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signs & symptoms
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Identified as subjective and/or objective data that supports the problem. ‐ Identified by the nurse from the clustering of significant data including assessment findings.
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signs & symptoms are linked to the etiology by the phrase
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“as evidenced by”
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how do you formulate a risk dx? what does a risk dx consist of?
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consist of a problem and the etiology only – there are NO signs & sypmtoms because it hasn’t happened yet
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what does the planning phase of the nursing process consist of
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develop a plan of care.This is accomplished by developing client centered goals and expected outcomes. – use critical thinking to develop nursing interventions to resolve the client’s problem and achieve the goals.
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3 helpful guides in prioritizing needs
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1-Maslow 2- Pt preference what does the pt think is important 3-Anticipation or future problems
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Maslow
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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs a. physiological needs b. safety needs c. love and belonging needs d. self‐esteem needs e. self‐actualization needs
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prioritizing nursing dx ex 1
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1 -airway 2- urinary 3- sexual 4- skin integrity
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prioritizing nursing dx ex 2
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1-gas exchange 2-hypothermia 3-knowledge defecit 4- infection
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prioritizing nursing dx ex 3
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1-pain 2-mobility 3- social isolation 4-self esteem
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define a goal
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” a broad statement that describes the desired change in a client’s condition or behavior.”
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components of a correctly written goal
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include expected outcomes or measurable criteria to evaluate the achievement of the goal.
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short term goal
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an objective behavior or response you expect the client to achieve in a short period of time usually less than one week.
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long term goal
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An objective behavior or response you expect the client to achieve in a longer period of time possibly over several days, weeks, or months.
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what is an expected outcome
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An outcome is a measurable change in the client’s status that you expect to occur related to the implemented care.
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guidelines to remember when writing goals
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1-client centered 2-singular 3-observable 4-measurable 5-time limited 6-mutual 7-realistic
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what are nursing interventions
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Are actions or treatments based on knowledge or judgment that the nurse performs to meet the patient outcomes.
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what are the 3 types of nursing interventions – provide examples
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1-independent ex. positioning 2-dependent ex. med admin 3-collaborative or interdependent ex. OT
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what are frequent errors when writing nursing interventions
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1-Failure to be precise or fully indicate the nursing action. 2-Failure to indicate frequency 3-Failure to indicate quantity 4-Failure to indicate method
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what is the purpose of scientific rationale for student nurses
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is the reason for choosing the particular intervention based on supportive evidence from textbooks, journals, and/or online nursing references (so we know why we are doing the task we are doing)
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what is the implementation phase of the nursing process
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This step begins after the care plan has been developed by the nurse. This is the step of the nursing process where the nurse performs the interventions as a means of achieving the goals.
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interventions can be BLANK or BLANK
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direct (performed through interaction with the client) or indirect (without the client but on their behalf)
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the implementation process takes into account 5 activities
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1-reassessing 2-review/revise existing nursing dx & care plan 3-organizing resources & delivery of care 4-Anticipating/preventing any complications 5-Implementing interventions
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Implementing Interventions: requires 3 skills
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1-cognitive 2-personal 3-psychomotor
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Implementing Interventions :cognitive skills
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critical thinking ; good decisions
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Implementing Interventions: personal skills
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communication ; therapeutic interactions
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Implementing Interventions ; psychomotor skills
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proper performance and knowledge of skills
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what is the evaluation phase of the nursing process
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Evaluation is the final stage of the nursing process. You as the nurse determine if the patient has achieved the expected outcomes not if the nursing interventions were completed.
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the evaluation phase has 5 components
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1. Identifying criteria and standards. 2. Collecting data to determine if the criteria or standards are met. 3. Interpreting and summarizing findings. 4. Documenting findings and any clinical judgment. 5. Terminating, continuing or revising the care plan.

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