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In this section are the practice problems and questions for nursing pharmacology. There are 530+ nursing pharmacology practice questions in this nursing test bank partitioned into 11 parts. Nursing topics include medication administration, dosage calculations, general concepts about nursing pharmacology, cardiovascular drugs, antibiotics and anti-infectives, neurological medications, psychiatric medications, drugs for the respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, and endocrine system.

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Quizzes included in this guide are:

  1. Comprehensive Nursing Pharmacology Practice Quiz #1 | 50 Questions
  2. Comprehensive Nursing Pharmacology Practice Quiz #2 | 50 Questions
  3. Comprehensive Nursing Pharmacology Practice Quiz #3 | 50 Questions
  4. Comprehensive Nursing Pharmacology Practice Quiz #4 | 50 Questions
  5. Comprehensive Nursing Pharmacology Practice Quiz #5 | 50 Questions
  6. Comprehensive Nursing Pharmacology Practice Quiz #6 | 50 Questions
  7. Cardiovascular Drugs and Medications | 80 Questions
  8. Psychiatric Drugs and Medications 50 Questions
  9. Respiratory Drugs and Medications | 30 Questions
  10. Gastrointestinal Drugs and Medications | 30 Questions
  11. Endocrine Drugs and Medications | 40 Questions


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1.Comprehensive Nursing Pharmacology NCLEX Practice Quiz #1 | 50 Questions

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  1. Question 1 of 50

    A 2-year-old child is receiving temporary total parenteral nutrition (TPN) through a central venous line. This is the first day of TPN therapy. Although all of the following nursing actions must be included in the plan of care of this child, which one would be a priority at this time?

  2. Question 2 of 50

    Nurse Jamie is administering the initial total parenteral nutrition solution to a client. Which of the following assessments requires the nurse’s immediate attention?

  3. Question 3 of 50

    Nurse Susan administered intravenous gamma globulin to an 18 month-old child with AIDS. The parent asks why this medication is being given. What is the nurse’s best response?

  4. Question 4 of 50

    When caring for a client with total parenteral nutrition (TPN), what is the most important action on the part of the nurse?

  5. Question 5 of 50

    The nurse is administering an intravenous vesicant chemotherapeutic agent to a client. Which assessment would require the nurse’s immediate action?

  6. Question 6 of 50

    Nurse Celine is caring for a client with clinical depression who is receiving an MAO inhibitor. When providing instructions about precautions with this medication, the nurse should instruct the client to:

  7. Question 7 of 50

    While providing home care to a client with congestive heart failure, the nurse is asked how long diuretics must be taken. The best response to this client should be:

  8. Question 8 of 50

    George, age 8, is admitted with rheumatic fever. Which clinical finding indicates to the nurse that George needs to continue taking the salicylates he had received at home?

  9. Question 9 of 50

    An order is written to start an IV on a 74-year-old client who is getting ready to go to the operating room for a total hip replacement. What gauge of catheter would best meet the needs of this client?

  10. Question 10 of 50

    A client with an acute exacerbation of rheumatoid arthritis is admitted to the hospital for treatment. Which drug, used to treat clients with rheumatoid arthritis, has both an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effect?

  11. Question 11 of 50

    Which of the following is least likely to influence the potential for a client to comply with lithium therapy after discharge?

  12. Question 12 of 50

    A male patient is to receive a percutaneously inserted central catheter (PICC). He asks the nurse whether the insertion will hurt. How will the nurse reply?

  13. Question 13 of 50

    The nurse is caring for an elderly client who has been diagnosed as having sundown syndrome. He is alert and oriented during the day but becomes disoriented and disruptive around dinnertime. He is hospitalized for evaluation. The nurse asks the client and his family to list all of the medications, prescription and nonprescription, he is currently taking. What is the primary reason for this action?

  14. Question 14 of 50

    A 25-year-old woman is in her fifth month of pregnancy. She has been taking 20 units of NPH insulin for diabetes mellitus daily for six years. Her diabetes has been well controlled with this dosage. She has been coming for routine prenatal visits, during which diabetic teaching has been implemented. Which of the following statements indicates that the woman understands the teaching regarding her insulin needs during her pregnancy?

  15. Question 15 of 50

    Mrs. Johanson’s physician has prescribed tetracycline 500 mg PO q6h. While assessing Mrs. Johanson’s nursing history for allergies, the nurse notes that Mrs. Johanson is also taking oral contraceptives. What is the most appropriate initial nursing intervention?

  16. Question 16 of 50

    An adult client’s insulin dosage is 10 units of regular insulin and 15 units of NPH insulin in the morning. The client should be taught to expect the first insulin peak:

  17. Question 17 of 50

    An adult is hospitalized for treatment of deep electrical burns. Burn wound sepsis develops and mafenide acetate 10% (Sulfamylon) is ordered BID. While applying the Sulfamylon to the wound, it is important for the nurse to prepare the client for expected responses to the topical application, which include:

  18. Question 18 of 50

    Ms.Clark has hyperthyroidism and is scheduled for a thyroidectomy. The physician has ordered Lugol’s solution for the client. The nurse understands that the primary reason for giving Lugol’s solution preoperatively is to:

  19. Question 19 of 50

    A two-year-old child with congestive heart failure has been receiving digoxin for one week. The nurse needs to recognize that an early sign of digitalis toxicity is:

  20. Question 20 of 50

    Mr. Bates is admitted to the surgical ICU following left adrenalectomy. He is sleepy but easily aroused. An IV containing hydrocortisone is running. The nurse planning care for Mr. Bates knows it is essential to include which of the following nursing interventions at this time?

  21. Question 21 of 50

    Corinne is experiencing diarrhea after consuming her prescribed antibiotics for the whole week. This is because:

  22. Question 22 of 50

    When a client with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is taking theophylline also receives ciprofloxacin (Cipro), which of the following interactions would occur?

  23. Question 23 of 50

    The client at highest risk for nephrotoxicity with aminoglycoside use is a:

  24. Question 24 of 50

    When assessing clients for evidence of a penicillin allergy, which of the following symptoms may not be considered to be a true hypersensitivity reaction?

  25. Question 25 of 50

    All of the following symptoms are evidence of a superinfection except:

  26. Question 26 of 50

    Which of the following statements is true when educating clients about penicillin therapy?

  27. Question 27 of 50

    Antonietta is taking antitubercular, the most common adverse effect she may be experiencing is:

  28. Question 28 of 50

    In the treatment of tuberculosis, the therapeutic rationale for combination drug therapy is to:

  29. Question 29 of 50

    Changes in visual acuity and color perception are associated with treatment by which of the following agents?

  30. Question 30 of 50

    Which of the following groups of antitubercular agents includes first-line agents?

  31. Question 31 of 50

    Antitubercular therapy may be determined ineffective when:

  32. Question 32 of 50

    Fluconazole (Diflucan) can be administered to a client with:

  33. Question 33 of 50

    When administering amphotericin B, which of the following must be used?

  34. Question 34 of 50

    Which of the following nursing diagnoses might occur when administering large parenteral doses of amphotericin B with vancomycin (Vancocin)?

  35. Question 35 of 50

    Arvic, a 16-year-old student, has acquired systemic fungal infection, he should be treated with:

  36. Question 36 of 50

    Which of the following must always be present before beginning antifungal therapy?

  37. Question 37 of 50

    Which choice describes the action of nucleoside analogs?

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1. Which of the following is the antidote for the toxin Benzodiazepines?
  1. Flumazenil 
  2. Methylene blue 
  3. Deferoxamine 
  4. Alkalinize urine
2. Which of the following is the antidote for the toxin Lead?
  1. Naloxone 
  2. Nitrite 
  3. CaEDTA 
  4. Dialysis
3. Which of the following is the primary site of activity for the drug Warfarin?
  1. Kidney 
  2. Liver 
  3. Blood 
  4. Heart
4. Lansoprazole is not used in which of the following cases?
  1. Gastritis 
  2. Peptic Ulcers 
  3. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome 
  4. Thalamus hypertrophy
5. Which of the following drugs is associated with the reaction of Cinchonism?
  1. Valproic acid 
  2. Quinidine 
  3. Isoniazid 
  4. Ethosuximide
6. Which of the following drugs is associated with the reaction of hepatitis?
  1. Valproic acid 
  2. Quinidine 
  3. Isoniazid 
  4. Ethosuximide
7. Which of the following drugs is associated with the reaction of Stevens-Johnson syndrome?
  1. Valproic acid 
  2. Quinidine 
  3. Isoniazid 
  4. Ethosuximide
8. Which of the following drugs is associated with the reaction of Tendon dyfunction?
  1. Digitalis 
  2. Niacin 
  3. Tetracycline 
  4. Fluoroquinolones
9. A drug ending in the suffix (pril) is considered a ______.
  1. ACE inhibitor 
  2. Antifungal 
  3. Beta agonist
10. A drug ending in the suffix (azole) is considered a ______.
  1. ACE inhibitor 
  2. Antifungal 
  3. Beta agonist
11. A drug ending in the suffix (tidine) is considered a ______.
  1. Antidepressant 
  2. Protease inhibitor 
  3. Beta antagonist 
  4. H2 antagonist
12. A drug ending in the suffix (navir) is considered a ______.
  1. Antidepressant 
  2. Protease inhibitor 
  3. Beta antagonist 
  4. H2 antagonist
13. Which of the following drugs is associated with the reaction of extreme photosensitivity?
  1. Digitalis 
  2. Niacin 
  3. Tetracycline 
  4. Fluoroquinolones
14. Which of the following is not related to a drug toxicity of Prednisone?
  1. Cataracts 
  2. Hypotension 
  3. Psychosis 
  4. Acne
15. Which of the following is not related to a drug toxicity of Atenolol?
  1. CHF 
  2. Tachycardia 
  3. AV block 
  4. Sedative appearance
16. Which of the following is considered a class IA Sodium Channel blocker?
  1. Mexiletine 
  2. Aminodarone 
  3. Quinidine 
  4. Procainamide
17. Which of the following is considered a class IA Sodium Channel blocker?
  1. Propafenone 
  2. Disopyramide 
  3. Aminodarone 
  4. Quinidine
18. Potassium sparing diuretics have the primary effect upon the _____ found in the kidney.
  1. Proximal convoluted tubule 
  2. Loop of Henle 
  3. Collecting duct 
  4. Distal convoluted tubule
19. Which of the following is not directly related to a drug toxicity of Nitroglycerin?
  1. Headaches 
  2. Tachycardia 
  3. Dizziness 
  4. Projectile vomiting
20. Which of the following is not directly related to a drug toxicity of Ibuprofen?
  1. Nausea 
  2. Renal dysfunction 
  3. Anemia 
  4. Muscle wasting


Answer Key 

1. A 
2. C 
3. B 
4. D 
5. B 
6. C 
7. D 
8. D 
9. B 
10. C 
11. D 
12. B 
13. C 
14. B 
15. B 
16. B 
17. A 
18. D 
19. D 
20. D

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