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Hesi Maternity Questions Updated 2018-2019

1. The nurse is planning discharge teaching for a client who had an evacuation of gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) two days ago. Which information is most important for the nurse to include in this client’s teaching plan?

A. Oral contraceptive use for at least one year.

2. The nurse is planning care for a client at 30-weeks gestation who is experiencing preterm labor. What maternal prescription is most important in preventing this fetus from developing respiratory distress syndrome?

C. Betamethasone (Celestone) 12 mg deep IM.

3. The nurse places one hand above the symphysis while massaging the fundus of a multiparous client whose uterine tone is boggy 15 minutes after delivering a 7 pound 10 ounce infant. Which information should the nurse provide the client about this fiding?

B. Both the lower uterine segment and the fundus must be massaged.

4. Which instruction should the nurse include in the discharge teaching plan of a 7-year-old girl with a history of frequent urinary tract infections?

D. Monitor for changes in urinary odor.

5. A pregnant woman in the first trimester of pregnancy has a hemoglobin of 8.6 mg/dl and a hematocrit of 25.1%. What foot should the nurse encourage this client to include in her diet?

B. Chicken.

6. The newborn nursery admission protocol includes a prescption for phytonadione (Vitamin K1, AquaMEPHYTON) 0.5 mg IM to newborns upon admission. The ampoule provides 2 mg/ml. How many ml should the nurse administer?


7. The nurse is preparing to administer methylergonovine maleate (Methergine) to a postpartum client. Based on what assessment finding should the nurse withhold the drug?

C. Blood pressure 149/90.

8. The nurse is preparing a 10-year-old with a lacerated forehead for suturing. Both parents and a 12-year-old sibling are the child bedside. Which instruction best supports this family?

A. “ While waiting for the healthcare provider, only one visitor may stay with the child”

9. The nurse is planning care for a 16-year-old, who has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). The nurse includes activities to strengthen and mobilize the joints and surrounding muscle. Which physical therapy regimen should the nurse encourage the adolescent to implement?

C. Exercise in a swimming pool.

10. A primigravida arrives at the observation unit of the maternity unit because thinks is in labor. The nurse applies the external fetal heart monitor and determines that the fetal heart rate is 140 beats/minute and the contractions are occurring irregularly every 10 to 15 minutes. What assessment finding confirms to the nurse that the client is not labor at this time?

D. Contractions decrease with walking.

11. Which toy is most appropriate for a 10-year-old child with acute rheumatic fever who is on strict bedrest?

D. Checkers

12. The nurse has completed a teaching plan for the mother of a child who is taking digitalis and a diuretic for treatment of the heart failure. Choosing which lunch would indicate that the mother understands the best diet for her child?

B. Peanut butter and banana sandwich with orange juice.

13. A breastfeeding infant, screened for congenital hypothyroidism, is found to have low levels of thyroxine (T4) and high levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). What is the best explanation for this finding?

C. The TSH is high because of the low production of T4 by the thyroid.

14. A full-term, 24-hour-old infant in the nursery regurgitates and suddenly turns cyanotic. What should the nurse do first?

D. Stimulate the infant to cry.

15. At 6-weeks gestation, the rubella titer of a client indicates she is non-immune. When is the best time to administer a rubella vaccine to this client?

D. Early postpartum, within 72 hours of delivery.

16. A client is receiving oxytocin (Pitocin) to augment early labor. Which assessment is most important for the nurse to obtain each time the infusion rate is increased?

D. Contraction pattern.

17. One day after vaginal delivery of a full-term baby, a postpartum client’s white blood cell count is 15,000/mm3. What action should the nurse take first?

A. Check the differential, since the WBC is normal for this client.

18. A client delivers a viable infant, but begins to have excessive uncontrolled vaginal bleeding after the IV Pitocin is infused. When notifying the healthcare provider of the client’s condition, what information is most important for the nurse to provide?

A. Maternal blood pressure.

19. While obtaining the vital signs of a 10-year-old who had a tonsillectomy this morning, the nurse observes the child swallowing every 2 to 3 minutes. Which assessment should the nurse implement?

A. Inspect the posterior oropharynx.

20. During a routine clinic visit, the nurse determines that a 5-year-old boy’s blood pressure is 112/70. When calculating the child’s blood pressure percentile, the nurse adjusts the calculation for age and height. What actions should the nurse implement next?

A. Compare the child’s blood pressure with readings from previous visits.

21. A neonate who has congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) presents with ambiguous genitalia. What is the primary nursing consideration when supporting the parents of a child with this anomaly?

C. Offer information about ultrasonography and genotyping to determine sex assignment.

22. A 3-year-old boy in a daycare facility scratches his head frequently, and the nurse confirms the presence of head lice. The nurse washes the child’s hair with permethrin (Nix) shampoo and calls his parents. What instruction should the nurse provide to the parents about treatment for head lice?

A. Rewash the child’s hair following a 24-hour isolation period.

B. Wash the child’s bed linens and clothing in hot soapy water. ---- Maybe this

C. Take the child to a hair salon for a shampoo and a shorter haircut.

D. Dispose of the child’s brusches, combs, and others hair accessories.

23. During a 26-week gestation prenatal exam, a client reports occasional dizziness and lightheadness when she is lying down. What intervention is best for the nurse to recommend to this client.

D. Elevate the head with two pillows while sleeping.

24. The current vital signs for a primipara who delivered vaginally during the previous shift are: temperature 100.4 F, heart rate 58 beats/minute, respiratory rate 16 breaths/minute, and blood pressure 130/74. What action should the nurse implement?

A. Document the vital signs in the record.

25. The nurse is assessing a 9-year-old boy who has been admitted to the hospital with possible acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis (APSGN). In obtaining his history, what information is most significant?

C. A sore throat last week

26. A 4-day postpartum client calls the clinic and reports that her nipples are so sore that she does not know if she can continue to breastfeed her infant. What instruction is best for the nurse to provide?

C. Apply hot packs just before each feeding.

27. A loading dose of terbutaline (Bretine) 250 mcg IV is prescribed for a client in preterm labor. Brethine 20 mg is added to 1000 ml D5W. How many ml of the solution should the nurse administer? (Enter numeric value only)


28. A newborn with myelomeningocele is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Which preoperative nursing intervention should the nurse implement first?

A. Place the infant on the abdomen to protect the sac.

29. An infant is placed in a radiant warmer immediately after birth. At one hour of age, the nurse finds the infant to be jittery, tachypneic, and hypotonic. What is the first action that the nurse should take?

D. Determine the infant’s blood sugar level.

30. The mother of a 5-week-old tells the nurse that her baby has acne and asks if she can use her teenage son’s acne cream, benzoyl peroxide, on the baby’s face. Which answer should the nurse to provide?

A. “ Your baby may be showing signs of a systemic disease and needs to be seen by a healthcare provider”

31. The nurse is providing preoperative teaching to a teenaged client with appendicitis information should the nurse include about postoperative activity?

D. Early ambulation after surgery will be encouraged to reduce complications and promote healing.

32. A 36-week primigravida is admitted to labor and delivery with severe abdominal pain and bright red vaginal bleeding. Her abdomen is rigid and tender to touch. The fetal heart rate (FHR) is 90 beats/minute, and the maternal heart rate is 120 beats/minute. What action should the nurse implement first?

C. obtain written consent for an emergency cesarean section.


34. A laboring client’s membranes rupture spontaneously. The nurse notices that the amniotic fluid is greenish-brown. What intervention should the nurse implement first?

B. Contact the healthcare provider.

35. A 34-week primigravida with pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) is receiving Ringer’s Lactate 500 ml with magnesium sulfate 20 grams at the rate of 3 grams/hour. How many ml/hour should the nurse program the infusion pump? (Enter numeric value only)


36. The nurse weighs a 6-month-old infant during a well-baby check-up and determines that the baby’s weight has triple compared to the birth weight of 7 pounds 8 ounces. The mother asks if the baby is gaining enough weight. What response should the nurse offer?

D. “What food does your baby usually eat in a normal day?”

37. A 5-year-old child is admitted to the pediatric unit fever and pain secondary to a sickle cell crisis. Which intervention should the nurse implement first?

B. Initiate normal saline IV at 50ml/hr.

38. A child who has been vomiting for 3 days is admitted for correction of fluid and electrolyte imbalances. What acid base imbalance is this child likely to exhibit?

C. Metabolic Alkalosis.

39. Artificial rupture of the membranes of a laboring client reveals meconium-stained fluid. What intervention has the greatest priority?

D. Have a meconium aspirator available at delivery.

40. A child admitted with diabetic ketoacidosis is demonstrating Kussmaul respiration. The nurse determines that the increased respiratory rate is a compensatory mechanism for wich acid base alteration?

C. Metabolic acidosis

41. The nurse is caring for a 5-year-old child with Reye’s syndrome. Which goal of treatment most clearly relates to caring for this child?

A. Reduce cerebral edema and lower intracranial pressure.

42. A client whose labor is being augmented with an oxytocin (Pitocin) infusion requests an epidural for pain control. Findings of the last vaginal exam, performed 1 hour ago, were 3 cm cervical dilatation, 60% effacement, and a -2 station. What action should the nurse implement first?

B. Determine current cervical dilation.

43. A mother brings her 2-month-old to the well-baby clinic. She states that when she kisses her baby, the infant’s skin tastes salty. The nurse should prepare the mother for what standard diagnostic test to screen for cystic fibrosis (CF)?

A. Sweat-chloride test.

44. A client with gestational diabetes is undergoing a non-stress test (NST) at 34-weeks gestation. The baseline fetal heart rate (FHR) is 144 beats/minute. The client is instructed to mark the fetal monitor paper by pressing a button attached to the fetal monitor each time the baby moves. After 20 minutes, the nurse evaluates the fetal monitor strip. Which outcome indicates a reactive NST?

C. Two FHR accelerations of 15 beats/minute x 15 seconds are recorded.

45. A newborn who was a breech presentation is admitted to the nursery. Which assessment procedure is a priority for the nurse to perform?

B. Babinski’s reflex.

46. A child who received multiple blood transfusions after correction of a congenital heart defect is demonstrating muscular irritability and is oozing blood from the surgical incision. Which serum value is most important for the nurse to review before reporting to the healthcare provider?

B. Calcium.

47. A 6-year-old child is diagnosed with rheumatic fever and demonstrates associated chorea ( sudden aimless movements of the arms and legs). Which information should the nurse tell to the parents?

B. The chorea or movements are temporary and will eventually disappear.

48. The nurse is assessing a 38-week gestation newborn infant immediately following a vaginal birth. Which assessment finding best indicates that the infant is transitioning well to extrauterine life?

C. Cries vigorously when stimulated.

49. The nurse is measuring the frontal occipital circumference (FOC) of a 3-month-old infant, and notes that the FOC has increased 5 inches since birth and the child’s head appears large in relation to the body size. Which action is most important for the nurse to take next?

C. Palpate the anterior fontanel for tension and bulding.

50. A 16-year-old gravida 1, para 0 client has just been admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis af eclampsia. She is not presently convulsing. Which intervention should the nurse plan to include in this client’s nursing care plan?

C. Monitor Blood pressure, pulse, and respirations q4h.

51. During a well-child visit for their child, one of the parents who has an autosomal dominant disorder tells the nurse, “We don’t plan on having any more children, since the next child is likely to inherit this disorder.” How should the nurse respond?

D. Confirm that there is a 50% chance of their future children inheriting the disorder.

52. The nurse is caring for a one-year-old child following surgical correction of hypospadias. What nursing action has the highest priority?

A. Monitor urinary output.

53. What goal is most important for the nurse to include in the plan of care for a client with gestational diabetes?

A. Restrict carbohydrate intake.

54. A new mother is having trouble breastfeeding her newborn son. He is making frantic rooting motions and will not grasp the nipple. What intervention would be most helpful to this mother?

B. Ask the mother to stop feeding, comfort the infant, and then assist the mother to help the baby lactch on.

55. The nurse is interacting with a female client who is diagnosed with postpartum depression. Which finding should the nurse document as an objective signs of depression? (Select all that apply.)

A. Avoids eye contact.

B. Interacts with a flat affect.

C. Reports feeling sad.

D. Expresses suicidal thoughts.

E. Has a disheveled appearance.


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