Medication administration routes and abbreviations nursing quiz for students!
This quiz will test your knowledge on common medication administrations routes such as subcutaneous, transdermal, intradermal, by mouth, intramuscular, intravenous, intraosseous, and more. In addition, you will be tested on medication administration abbreviations that you may encounter on the job.
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Medications Administration Routes and Abbreviations Nursing Quiz
1. Which medication below can be ordered subQ?
The answer is A.
2. The nurse administers a medication in the mouth between the cheek and gum. The nurse administered this medication via what route?
The answer is B. This is how medications are administered via the buccal route (BUCC).
3. The doctor orders a medication P.O. As the nurse you understand this means to administer the medication?
A. per rectum
B. by mouth
C. under the tongue
D. via the nasogastric tube
The answer is B.
4. A patient is ordered to be N.P.O. The nurse will?
A. Encourage the patient to consume foods high in potassium
B. Make sure the patient does not take anything via the mouth
C. Takes all medications via the mouth
D. Avoid intramuscular injections due to clotting time
The answer is B. ( N.P.O. means nothing by mouth or in Latin “nil per os”)
5. You’re reviewing a medication order. The order states administer Nitroglycerin SL PRN for chest pain. What is the route the Nitroglycerin should be administered?
A. in the fatty tissue via an injection
B. on the skin
C. under the tongue
D. in the mouth in between the cheek and gum
The answer is C. SL means sublingual and is administered under the tongue.
6. The doctor orders a vaccine to be injected in the deltoid muscle. Which abbreviation below correlates with this prescribed route?
The answer is C. IM stands for intramuscular.
7. The nurse prepares to administer a Mantoux Test. The nurse prepares to administer this test via what route?
The answer is C: intradermal
8. The patient is ordered to receive 6 units of regular insulin per sliding scale. The nurse knows this medication can be administered via what route?
The answer is C: subQ
9. The patient is ordered to receive a pain medication patch that is applied to the skin. What route is this medication administered?
The answer is C: transdermal
10. During a code blue a patient’s IV access failed and new IV access cannot be obtained. What other type of route can be used to administer medications and fluids?
The answer is C: Intraosseous
11. What medications below can be administered via the ETT route? Select all that apply:
The answers are: A, B, C, E, and F. Amiodarone is not administered via the ETT route.
12. A patient has a PEG tube. The nurse needs to administer 1000 scheduled medications via the PEG. What statement below best describes this type of route?
A. “A PEG is a tube that is surgically placed through the skin and placed directly into the stomach.”
B. “A PEG is a tube that is inserted through the nose and down through the esophagus and into the stomach.”
C. “A PEG is a tube that is surgically placed through the skin and placed directly into the small intestine.”
D. “A PEG is a tube that is inserted through the nose and down through the esophagus and into the jejunum.”
The answer is A. A PEG tube is a tube that is surgically placed through the skin and placed directly into the stomach.
13. When a nurse administers a medication directly into a vein the nurse is giving the medication via what route?
The answer is B: IV.
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