Mental Health Question #25


A client is brought to the psychiatric emergency entrance by family because voices are telling her that life is not worth living and she must end her life. Which action will be priority for the nurse to implement?


  1. Suicide precautions
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  2. Distraction strategies
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  3. Social group therapy
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  4. Behavior contract
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The risk for self-injury is very high, especially with a client with command hallucinations. None of the other strategies will be important at the moment since safety is foremost. Distraction, social groups, and behavior contracts can be examined later.

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