Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
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1. Bacteria in the newborn’s gastrointestinal tract are essential for
A. digesting complex carbohydrates
B. enhancing fat absorption
C. synthesizing vitamin K
Blackburn, et al., Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Physiology, A Clinical Perspective, W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2007, p. 255.
2. The definitive indication that a woman is in labor is
A. increasing abdominal pain
B. presence of regular or irregular contractions
C. progressive cervical change
Olds, et al., Maternal Newborn Nursing, Prentice Hall Health, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2008, pp. 617 and 649.
3. Magnesium sulfate is given to a patient with preeclampsia to
A. lower blood pressure
B. prevent seizures
C. promote blood vessel dilatation
Cunningham, et al., Williams' Obstetrics, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2005, p. 788.
4. The milk ejection (let down reflex) is initiated by
A. decreasing estrogen and progesterone levels
B. oxytocin release from the posterior pituitary
C. prolactin release from the anterior pituitary
Simpson, et al., Perinatal Nursing, LWW, Philadelphia, 2008, pp. 596-587.
5. The most important nursing action following administration of epidural aesthesia is to
A. administer oxytocin to counteract the effect of the epidural
B. maintain the patient in a flat position to avoid post-anesthesia headache
C. monitor the blood pressure for possible hypotension
Ladewig, et al., Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing Care, Pearson-Prentice Hall, NJ, 2006, pp. 483-484.