Maternal / Newborn Question #34


A pediatric client is about to have a tonsillectomy and the nurse is instructing the mother on pre and post-surgical expectations of the procedure. Which therapeutic communication technique is the nurse utilizing?


  1. Exploring
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  2. Informing
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  3. Performing
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  4. Suggesting
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The correct answer is B. Providing information makes facts available such as pre and post-surgical expectations. Exploring (answer A) is an incorrect answer since it is a therapeutic communication that the nurse may use to find out how they can help a client examine a topic or issue to better understand it if explored. The nurse may also use exploring to more fully understand the client needs and issues. The question’s intent is not to explore an issue. Performing and suggesting (answers C and D) are not therapeutic communication interventions.

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