A nurse enters a client's room, and the client is demanding release from the hospital. The nurse reviews the client's record and notes that the client was admitted 2 days ago for treatment of an anxiety disorder and that the admission was a voluntary admission. Which of the following actions will the nurse take?
A. Contact the physician. B. Call the client s family. C. Persuade the client to stay a few more days. D. Tell the client that discharge is not possible at this time.
Generally, the client seeks voluntary admission. Voluntary clients have the right to demand and obtain release. If the client is a minor, the release may be contingent on the consent of the parent(s) or guardian. The nurse needs to be familiar with the state and facility policies and procedures. Many states require that the client submit a written release notice to the facility staff members, who reevaluate the clients condition for possible conversion to involuntary status, according to criteria established by laws. The best nursing action is to contact the physician. Test-Taking Strategy: Use the process of elimination. Noting the type of hospital admission will assist in eliminating option 4. To persuade a client to stay in the hospital is inappropriate. Option 2 should be eliminated simply based on the subjects of client rights and confidentiality. Review the various types of hospital admission and discharge processes if you had difficulty with this question.