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Are you ready for the CEN exam?

Focus on fully understanding concepts, not memorizing sample questions.

1. How do you calculate a mean arterial pressure (MAP)?

2. What test is performed before inserting a radial arterial line and why?

3. How do you assess BP in patient with a ventricular assist device (VAD)?

4. What is a normal ankle-brachial index (ABI)?

5. What do you hear on percussion in air-leak syndrome?

6. What ECG change do you see in carbon monoxide (CO) toxicity?

7. What is the difference between complete and incomplete cord syndromes?

8. Why do you use a barium enema in the treatment of intussusception?

9. In DKA, when is the insulin infusion discontinued?

10. What ECG change may you see in acute adrenal insufficiency?

11. What is the purpose of permissive hypotension in pelvic fracture?

12. What causes the dark urine in rhabdomyolysis?

13. Why is creatine kinase (CK) elevated in rhabdomyolysis?

14. What is a common complication seen in stage 2 of Lyme disease?

15. How do you treat a patient with circumferential torso burn when you are unable to ventilate with bag-valve-mask (BVM)?

16. Why is pulse oximetry high during hypoxemia from carbon monoxide exposure?

17. Why does hydroxocobalamin in the Cyanokit turn urine red.

18. Why is calcium required in hydrofluoric acid burn?

19. Why is activated charcoal NOT effective in Iron ingestion?

20. Which nursing ethical principle is EMTALA is based on?

21. Reporting suspected child maltreatment is practicing which ethical principle?

22. How is JumpStart different from START disaster triage?


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