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What should the nurse say?
A client with lymphoma tells the nurse that he's found an overseas holistic physician who can cure him with coffee enemas.



A. That unproven alternative therapy can be very dangerous.
B. You should ask your physician if this is a helpful approach.
C. It s illegal for unlicensed physicians to prescribe your care.
D. This treatment is questionable. It could be dangerous.
Asked by Ellsworth, Last updated: Jan 22, 2020

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

You should ask your physician if this is a helpful approach.-rationale: in this situation, the nurse should try to maintain open communication and a strong therapeutic connection with the client. although the treatment may be unproven, questionable, dangerous, or illegal, telling the client so may make the nurse appear to be harsh and judgmental, shut down dialog, and alienate the client. by referring the client to the physician, the nurse keeps lines of communication open and gives the client an opportunity to discuss treatment options in a difficult life situation.client needs category: psychosocial integrityclient needs subcategory: nonecognitive level: analysisreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 747.
 

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