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During an admission assessment, a nurse asks why a client is being admitted to the facility. The client responds, "The physician found a lump in my prostate gland. I guess I have cancer." Which response by the nurse would be most therapeutic?



A. There is no way to know whether you have cancer until the surgeon performs a biopsy.
B. It isn t unusual for a man your age to have an enlarged prostate. Try not to worry.
C. It s important to keep a positive attitude. There is a good chance you don t have cancer.
D. You think you have cancer?

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

You think you have cancer?-rationale: this response acknowledges the clients concern and shows the nurses willingness to listen. although a biopsy is the only way to confirm cancer, telling the client this wouldnt permit him to discuss his concerns. urging the client not to worry or advising him to maintain a positive attitude is an overused response. offering advice about how he should handle the problem wouldnt be therapeutic either.client needs category: psychosocial integrityclient needs subcategory: nonecognitive level: applicationreference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 376.
 

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