Electrolytes Question #32


A client has a serum potassium level of 3.2 mEq/L. Which menu choice should the nurse suggest to the client? Select all that apply.


  1. Baked cod
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  2. Ham and cheese omelet
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  3. Fried eggs
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  4. Baked potato
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  5. Spinach
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The correct answer is A, D & E. A serum potassium of 3.2 mEq/L is considered a low potassium level. A client with a serum potassium level of 3.2 mEq/L would benefit from a diet high in potassium. Baked cod, baked potato, and spinach are all foods high in potassium. A ham and cheese omelet is high in sodium. Fried eggs are high in cholesterol.

NCLEX TIP: When answering select all that apply (SATA) questions, look at each answer option and ask yourself if the response is true or false. When looking at the questions, watch for any negative NCLEX words, which will lead the nurse to do the “wrong” tasks. These words may include always, never, ever, no, don’t, do not, etc. Always remember the ABC’s and Maslow’s hierarchy. Common words and phrases in the question should always be noted, and note when to delegate and not to delegate. Never delegate a nursing task that requires an order, requires a higher intervention, or an unstable client. And always remember an unstable client before a stable client.

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