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NCLEX Practice Question of the Week

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I don’t have to do these anymore, but it’s the only reason why most people check my blog out.

Here is the weekly question posted on the NCSBN Learning Extension:

A client is being discharged with a prescription for an iron supplement. What statement indicates a need for further teaching by the nurse?

  1. I will have greenish-black stools from the medication.
  2. I should take vitamin C with the iron supplement.
  3. I should not take antacids with my iron supplement.
  4. I should take the iron on an empty stomach.

The correct answer is: D – I should take the iron on an empty stomach

Answers 1, 2, 3 are all correct.

Option 1 – Iron can cause green-black “tarry stools”

Option 2 – Vitamin C is suggested when patients are taking iron so that the body can absorb the iron better

Option 3 – Antacids are discouraged because it prevents iron from being absorbed

Option 4 is partially true – if supplements are being taken for an anemia related problem, then it should be taken on an empty stomach. However, taking iron pills on an empty stomach can cause gastric distress. But if they are saying this is the wrong answer, then they must be looking at the whole stomach troubles viewpoint.


Written by stereotypicalone

January 2, 2011 at 01:08

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