Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Critical Thinking Questions

June 21, 2021
  1. Identify each of the following as either objective (O) or subjective (S) information.
    1. The patient complains of pain in the abdomen.
    2. The nurse takes the patient’s blood pressure and determines that it is too high.
    3. The nurse counts rapid respirations and deep movements of the chest, notices blueness of the skin, and decides that the patient is short of breath.
    4. After feeling the patient’s abdomen, the nurse reports that the patient says it is tender to the touch.
    5. The patient complains of being “too fat.”
    6. Four-year-old Sean’s thermometer registers a temperature of 102° F.
    7. After weighing Mr. Tracy this morning, the nurse reports that he has gained 2 pounds in 6 days.
    8. Ms. Jackson says that almost every day she has trouble breathing or “catching” her breath.
    9. A 50-year-old female patient asks for aspirin, saying she is getting “hot flashes.”
    10. Mr. Clark tells the nurse, “My heart is really pounding!”
  2.  You are assigned to give medications to eight different patients this morning. Write a paragraph describing the step-by-step procedure you would use to make sure that you are observing the six rights of drug administration.

  3. Describe four things that would fall under the category of assessment that a nurse might do for a patient taking morphine.
  4. What is the difference between planning and evaluating in drug administration? Are they sometimes the same thing? Give examples of each.
  5. What would you do if one of your patients refused a medication that was ordered?
  6. Why does the nurse have to keep doing assessment of the patient receiving medications?
  7. Identify three areas of assessment necessary in completing a patient’s drug history.