HESI EXIT RN EXAM Questions for all versions
combined, correct answers and rationale
Following discharge teaching, a male client with duodenal ulcer tells the nurse the he will
drink plenty of dairy products, such as milk, to help coat and protect his ulcer. What is
the best follow-up action by the nurse?
• Review with the client the need to avoid foods that are rich in milk and cream
A male client with hypertension, who received new antihypertensive prescriptions at his
last visit returns to the clinic two weeks later to evaluate his blood pressure (BP). His
BP is 158/106 and he admits that he has not been taking the prescribed medication
because the drugs make him ―feel bad‖. In explaining the need for hypertension
control, the nurse should stress that an elevated BP places the client at risk for which
• Stroke secondary to hemorrhage
The nurse observes an unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) positioning a newly
admitted client who has a seizure disorder. The client is supine and the UAP is
placing soft pillows along the side rails. What action should the nurse implement?
• Instruct the UAP to obtain soft blankets to secure to the side rails instead of
An adolescent with major depressive disorder has been taking duloxetine (Cymbalta) for
the past 12 days. Which assessment finding requires immediate follow-up?
• Describes life without purpose
A 60-year-old female client with a positive family history of ovarian cancer has
developed an abdominal mass and is being evaluated for possible ovarian cancer.
Her Papanicolau (Pap) smear results are negative. What information should the nurse
include in the client’s teaching plan?
• Further evaluation involving surgery may be needed
A client who recently underwear a tracheostomy is being prepared for discharge to home.
Which instructions is most important for the nurse to include in the discharge plan?
• Teach tracheal suctioning techniques
In assessing an adult client with a partial rebreather mask, the nurse notes that the oxygen
reservoir bag does not deflate completely during inspiration and the client’s
respiratory rate is 14 breaths / minute. What action should the nurse implement?
• Document the assessment data
• Rational: reservoir bag should not deflate completely during inspiration and the
client’s respiratory rate is within normal limits.
During shift report, the central electrocardiogram (EKG) monitoring system alarms.
Which client alarm should the nurse investigate firs?
• Respiratory apnea of 30 seconds
During a home visit, the nurse observed an elderly client with diabetes slip and fall. What
action should the nurse take first?
• Check the client for lacerations or fractures
At 0600 while admitting a woman for a schedule repeat cesarean section (C-Section), the
client tells the nurse that she drank a cup a coffee at 0400 because she wanted to
avoid getting a headache. Which action should the nurse take first?
• Inform the anesthesia care provider
After placing a stethoscope as seen in the picture, the nurse auscultates S1 and S2 heart
sounds. To determine if an S3 heart sound is present, what action should the nurse
• Listen with the bell at the same location
A 66-year-old woman is retiring and will no longer have a health insurance through her
place of employment. Which agency should the client be referred to by the employee
health nurse for health insurance needs?
A client who is taking an oral dose of a tetracycline complains of gastrointestinal upset.
What snack should the nurse instruct the client to take with the tetracycline?
• Toasted wheat bread and jelly
Following a lumbar puncture, a client voices several complaints. What complaint
indicated to the nurse that the client is experiencing a complication?
• “I have a headache that gets worse when I sit up”
• ―I am having pain in my lower back when I move my legs‖
• ―My throat hurts when I swalow‖
• “I feel sick to my stomach and am going to throw up”
An elderly client seems confused and reports the onset of nausea, dysuria, and urgency
with incontinence. Which action should the nurse implement? •
Obtain a clean
catch mid-stream specimen
The nurse is assisting the mother of a child with phenylketonuria (PKU) to select foods
that are in keeping with the child’s dietary restrictions. Which foods are
contraindicated for this child?
• Foods sweetened with aspartame
Before preparing a client for the first surgical case of the day, a part-time scrub nurse
asks the circulating nurse if a 3 minute surgical hand scrub is adequate preparation
for this client. Which response should the circulating nurse provide?
• Direct the nurse to continue the surgical hand scrub for a 5 minute duration
Which breakfast selection indicates that the client understands the nurse’s instructions
about the dietary management of osteoporosis?
• Bagel with jelly and skim milk
The charge nurse of a critical care unit is informed at the beginning of the shift that less
than the optimal number of registered nurses will be working that shift. In planning
assignments, which client should receive the most care hours by a registered nurse
• An 82-year-old client with Alzheimer’s disease newly-fractures femur who has a
Foley catheter and soft wrist restrains applied
A mother brings her 6-year-old child, who has just stepped on a rusty nail, to the
pediatrician’s office. Upon inspection, the nurse notes that the nail went through the
shoe and pierced the bottom of the child’s foot. Which action should the nurse
• Cleanse the foot with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment •
Provide teaching about the need for a tetanus booster within the next 72 hours.
• have the mother check the child's temperature q4h for the next 24 hours
• transfer the child to the emergency department to receive a gamma globulin
The mother of an adolescent tel s the clinic nurse, ―My son has athlete’s foot, I have been
applying triple antibiotic ointment for two days, but there has been no
improvement.‖ What instruction should the nurse provide?
• Stop using the ointment and encourage complete drying of the feet and wearing
A 26-year-old female client is admitted to the hospital for treatment of a simple goiter,
and levothyroxine sodium (Synthroid) is prescribed. Which symptoms indicate to the
nurse that the prescribed dosage is too high for this client? The client experiences
• Bradycardia and constipation
• Lethargy and lack of appetite
• Muscle cramping and dry, flushed skin
• Palpitations and shortness of breath
A client with a history of heart failure presents to the clinic with a nausea, vomiting,
yellow vision and palpitations. Which finding is most important for the nurse to
assess to the client?
• Obtain a list of medications taken for cardiac history
The healthcare provider prescribes an IV solution of isoproterenol (Isuprel) 1 mg in 250
ml of D5W at 300 mcg/hour. The nurse should program the infusion pump to deliver
how many ml/hour? (Enter numeric value only.)
• Rationale: Convert mg to mcg and use the formula D/H x Q. 300 mcg/hour /
1,000 mcg x 250 ml = 3/1 x 25 = 75 ml/hour