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Inpatient Obstetric Nursing

NCC Credential in Inpatient Obstetric Nursing (RNC-OB)


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Sample questions

Listed below are five sample questions to acquaint you with the test question format. These questions do not reflect the scope or the difficulty level of the questions on the actual examination. The reference from which each question is derived is also cited. However, other references might substantiate a different answer, and the answer shown here might be substantiated by other references. The rigorous review to which actual test questions are subject is not applied to these sample questions. The focus that should be attended to in reviewing these items is format, not content.

1. Bacteria in the newborn’s gastrointestinal tract are essential for

A. digesting complex carbohydrates 
B. enhancing fat absorption 
C. synthesizing vitamin K

Answer: C

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

Answer: C

 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

Answer: B

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

Answer: B

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

Answer: C

Ladewig, et al., Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing Care, Pearson-Prentice Hall, NJ, 2006, pp. 483-484.