Electrolytes Question #51


The nurse is preparing a teaching plan for a client with low magnesium levels. Which foods should the nurse include as high sources of magnesium?


  1. Butter or cheese
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  2. Spinach or butter beans
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  3. Grilled chicken sandwich or grilled lamb sandwich
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  4. Boiled macaroni or white rice
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The correct answer is B. Magnesium-rich foods would include green vegetables and beans, as well as bananas, nuts, and oranges. Foods like butter or cheese, grilled chicken or grilled lamb sandwiches, and boiled macaroni or white rice are not high in magnesium, but are typically high in sodium.

NCLEX TIP: Using critical thinking is recommended when reading priority questions. Recognizing key words in the answer choices will allow you to know how to choose the correct answer for the question. Go through each answer choice and decide is it: Maslow’s hierarchy, safety-related, or following the nursing process (ADPIE). Never complete a nursing action that is outside the scope of practice.

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