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Test Bank: Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (3rd Edition by Varcarolis) 2
Chapter 01: Practicing the Science and the Art of Psychiatric Nursing MULTIPLE
1. Which outcome, focused on recovery, would be expected in the plan of care for a patient
living in the community and diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness? Within 3
months, the patient will: a. deny suicidal ideation.
b. report a sense of well-being.
c. take medications as prescribed.
d. attend clinic appointments on time.
Recovery emphasizes managing symptoms, reducing psychosocial disability, and
improving role performance.
The goal of recovery is to empower the individual with mental illness to achieve a sense of
meaning and satisfaction in life and to function at the highest possible level of wellness. The
incorrect options focus on the classic medical model rather than recovery.
DIF: Cognitive Level: Application (Applying) REF: 2
TOP: Nursing Process: Outcomes Identification
MSC: NCLEX: Health Promotion and Maintenance
2. In the shift-change report, an off-going nurse criticizes a patient who wears heavy
makeup. Which comment by the nurse who receives the report best demonstrates
a. This is a psychiatric hospital. Craziness is what we are all about.
b. Lets all show acceptance of this patient by wearing lots of makeup too.
c. Your comments are inconsiderate and inappropriate. Keep the report objective.
d. Our patients need our help to learn behaviors that will help them get along insociety.
Accepting patients needs for self-expression and seeking to teach skills that will contribute
to their well-being demonstrate respect and are important parts of advocacy. The oncoming nurse needs to take action to ensure that others are not prejudiced against the
patient. Humor can be appropriate within the privacy of a shift report but not at the
expense of respect for patients. Judging the off-going nurse in a critical way will create
Nurses must show compassion for each other.
DIF: Cognitive Level: Application (Applying) REF: 8
TOP: Nursing Process: Implementation MSC: NCLEX: Safe, Effective Care Environment 3. A
nurse assesses a newly admitted patient diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Which
statement is an example of attending?
a. We all have stress in life. Being in a psychiatric hospital isnt the end of theworld.
b. Tell me why you felt you had to be hospitalized to receive treatment for yourdepression.
c. You will feel better after we get some antidepressant medication started for you.
d. Id like to sit with you a while so you may feel more comfortable talking with me.
Attending is a technique that demonstrates the nurses commitment to the relationship and
reduces feelings of isolation. This technique shows respect for the patient and
demonstrates caring. Generalizations, probing, and false reassurances are non-therapeutic.
DIF: Cognitive Level: Application (Applying) REF: 8
TOP: Nursing Process: Implementation MSC: NCLEX: Psychosocial Integrity 4. A patient is
hospitalized for depression and suicidal ideation after their spouse asks for a divorce.
Select the nurses most caring comment.
a. Lets discuss some means of coping other than suicide when you have these feelings.
b. I understand why youre so depressed. When I got divorced, I was devastated too.
c. You should forget about your marriage and move on with yourlife.
d. How did you get so depressed that hospitalization wasnecessary?
Test Bank: Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (3rd Edition by Varcarolis) 3
The nurses communication should evidence caring and a commitment to work with the
patient. This commitment lets the patient know the nurse will help. Probing and advice are
not helpful or therapeutic interventions.
DIF: Cognitive Level: Application (Applying) REF: 6
TOP: Nursing Process: Implementation MSC: NCLEX: Psychosocial Integrity 5. A patient
shows the nurse an article from the Internet about a health problem. Which characteristic
of the web sites address most alerts the nurse that the site may have biased and prejudiced
a. Address ends in .org.
b. Address ends in .com.
c. Address ends in .gov.
d. Address ends in .net.
Financial influences on a site are a clue that the information may be biased. .com at the end
of the address indicates that the site is a commercial one. .gov indicates that the site is
maintained by a government entity.
.org indicates that the site is nonproprietary; the site may or may not have reliable
information, but it does not profit from its activities. .net can have multiple meanings.
DIF: Cognitive Level: Comprehension (Understanding) REF: 5
TOP: Nursing Process: Evaluation MSC: NCLEX: Health Promotion and Maintenance 6. A
nurse says, When I was in school, I learned to call upset patients by name to get their
attention; however, I read a descriptive research study that says that this approach does
not work. I plan to stop calling patients by name. Which statement is the best appraisal of
this nurses comment?
a. One descriptive research study rarely provides enough evidence to change practice.
b. Staff nurses apply new research findings only with the help from clinicaln

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