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A nurse is caring for a female client with hypothyroidism. The client is extremely upset about her altered physical appearance. She doesn't want to take her medication because she doesn't believe it's doing any good.

A. Tell the client she ll feel better if she consistently takes the thyroid replacement medication.
B. Tell the client she ll soon experience improvement in her looks as the medication corrects her hormone deficiency.
C. Tell the client she needs to learn to accept herself as she is and be compliant during treatment.
D. Tell the client that she looks fine and offer to help her with makeup.
Asked by Jayden, Last updated: Mar 11, 2019

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G. Horace

G. HoraceContent Developer, Chicago
Content Developer, Chicago

Answered on Jan 23, 2019

The answer is choice B. When a nurse is caring for a female client with hypothyroidism who is extremely upset about her altered physical appearance and states that she does not want to take her medication because she does not believe it is doing any good, the nurse should tell the client she will soon experience improvement in her physical appearance as the medication begins working and corrects her hormone deficiency.

This is a very sensitive situation and the client must be treated with kindness and understanding. If the nurse pushes too hard then the client will surely not take her medication.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 09, 2016

Tell the client she\ ll soon experience improvement in her looks as the medication corrects her hormone deficiency.-rationale: telling the client that shell soon experience improvement is supportive and encouraging and offers direction in a way that motivates her to take her medication consistently. telling the client that she looks fine and that shell soon feel better discount the feelings shes currently experiencing. advising the client to accept herself is parental and direct at a time when the client needs support and understanding.client needs category: psychosocial integrityclient needs subcategory: nonecognitive level: analysisreference: smeltzer, s.c., et al. brunner & suddarths textbook of medical surgical-nursing, 11th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 1458.
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