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Which method would a nurse use to determine a client’s potential risk for suicide?



A. Wait for the client to bring up the subject of suicide.
B. Observe the client’s behavior for cues of suicide ideation.
C. Question the client directly about suicidal thoughts.
D. Question the client about future plans.
Asked by Ford, Last updated: Jan 18, 2020

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j. Goodman

J. Goodman, Web Content Writer, San Antonio

Answered Oct 11, 2018

Option C - Question the client directly about suicidal thoughts is the best method a nurse should use to determine a client's potential risk sucide.

Option A is not correct because not all patients with suicidal tendecies will bring up the subject of suicide.
Option B - Observing the client's behaviour for cues of suicidal ideation is not enough to determine a client's risk for suicide.

If you question the client directly, he or she can not run from the subject matter. The nurse will be able to determine were the patient stands on suicide related issues.

Option D - Questioning the client about future plans may not give the nurse enough information to decide the client's potential risk for suicide. Client's may skip sucide topic that the nurse wish to address.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 08, 2016

Question the client directly about suicidal thoughts. -directly questioning a client about suicide is important to determine suicide risk. the client may not bring up this subject for several reasons, including guilt regarding suicide, wishing not to be discovered, and his lack of trust in staff. behavioral cues are important, but direct questioning is essential to determine suicide risk. indirect questions convey to the client that the nurse is not comfortable with the subject of suicide and, therefore, the client may be reluctant to discuss the topic.
 

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