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Which measure should the nurse take first when caring for this client? A client is admitted to the psychiatric unit with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. Although she is 5 8 (1.7 m) tall and weighs only 103 lb (46.7 kg), she talks incessantly about how fat she is.



A. Teach the client about nutrition, calories, and a balanced diet.
B. Establish a trusting relationship with the client.
C. Discuss cultural stereotypes regarding thinness and attractiveness.
D. Explore the reasons why the client doesn't eat.
Asked by Liam, Last updated: Jul 12, 2020

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Bergeront Tiffney

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Bergeront Tiffney, Computer Engineer, M. Tech, Southeast Montgomery

Answered Jan 17, 2019

The answer to this is B. The nurse would need to establish a relationship with the patient first to ensure that the patient will listen to her. A lot of people with eating disorders would try to deny that the problem exists. They will say that they do not know why they are in the hospital even if they know that it is because they refuse to eat.

When a nurse is able to establish a close relationship with the patient, it will be easier for the patient to disclose his/her issues. That is the only time when the nurse may be able to discuss various things that are related to weight little by little. It is important that the nurse’s beliefs will not be forced upon the patient especially when the patient is not ready yet.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 08, 2016

Establish a trusting relationship with the client.-rationale: a client with an eating disorder may be secretive and unwilling to admit that a problem exists. therefore, the nurse first must establish a trusting relationship to elicit the clients feelings and thoughts. the anorexic client may spend long hours discussing nutrition or handling and preparing food in an effort to stall or avoid eating food; the nurse shouldnt reinforce her preoccupation with food, as in option a. although cultural stereotypes may play a prominent role in anorexia nervosa, discussing these factors isnt the first action the nurse should take. exploring the reasons why the client doesnt eat would increase her emotional investment in food and eating.
 

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