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Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (NSG323) Counter Transference Nursing

Sandra Watson
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Chapter 9 practice exam questions


Grand Canyon University


Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (NSG323)

1. A nurse assesses a confused older adult. The nurse experiences sadness
and reflects, “The patient is like one of my grandparents . . . so helpless.” What feelings
does the nurse describe?
a. Transference
b. Countertransference
c. Catastrophic reaction
d. Defensive coping reaction

2. Which statement shows a nurse has empathy for a patient who made a
suicide attempt?
a. “You must have been very upset when
you tried to hurt yourself.”
b. “It makes me sad to see you going
through such a difficult experience.”
c. “If you tell me what is troubling you, I
can help you solve your problems.”
d. “Suicide is a drastic solution to a problem
that may not be such a serious matter.”

3. After several therapeutic encounters with a patient who recently attempted
suicide, which occurrence should cause the nurse to consider the possibility of
a. The patient’s reactions toward the nurse
seem realistic and appropriate.
b. The patient states, “Talking to you feels
like talking to my parents.”
c. The nurse feels unusually happy when the
patient’s mood begins to lift.
d. The nurse develops a trusting relationship
with the patient.

a. “I won’t share information with others
without your permission, but I will share
information about you with other staff
b. “A therapeutic relationship is just between
the nurse and the patient. It’s up to you to
tell others what you want them to know.”
c. “It really depends on what you choose to
tell me. I will be glad to disclose at the
end of each session what I will report to
d. “I cannot tell anyone about you. It will be
as though I am talking about my own
problems, and we can help each other by
keeping it between us.”a. say to the interrupting patient, “I am not
available to talk with you at the present
b. end the unproductive session with the
b. end the unproductive session with the
current patient and spend time with the
patient who has just interrupted.
c. invite the interrupting patient to join in the
session with the current patient.
d. tell the patient who interrupted, “This
session is 5 more minutes; then, I will talk
with you.”



Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (NSG323) Counter Transference Nursing

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