NCLEX Question of the Week #8

8. A 30-year old patient is in the Emergency Department suffering from seizures related to alcohol withdrawal. They will soon be admitting this patient to the non-medical psychiatric care unit. The psychiatric nurse knows that, in order to keep this patient safe, he must perform which priority nursing action?

  1. Ask the physician for a prescription for clonazepam, an anxiolytic that may help with the withdrawal symptoms.
  2. Ensure that a working IV pump is set up and ready to work at the patient’s bedside.
  3. Order a STAT arterial blood gas lab.
  4. Pad the side rails of the patient’s assigned bed.


Topic: Safety and Infection Control, Injury Prevention


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