Electrolytes Question #70


A client is admitted for treatment of hypercalcemia. Which finding will the nurse expect when assessing this client?


  1. Widened QRS complex
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  2. Tetany
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  3. Hypoparathyroidism
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  4. Muscle weakness
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The correct answer is D. Muscle weakness is a symptom of hypercalcemia. A wide QRS complex is associated with hyperkalemia. Tetany and hypoparathyroidism are associated with a low calcium level.

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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