Mental Health Question #6


The hospice nurse is caring for a client when the daughter at the bedside becomes concerned when the client begins speaking to people and other deceased friends who are not in the room. What action by the nurse is most appropriate? (Select all that apply)


  1. Suggest that the client stop talking.
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  2. Dim the lights slightly.
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  3. Engage the daughter by having her to give the client sips of water.
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  4. Explain to the daughter that confusion and hallucination is common.
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Terminally ill clients may become better oriented if the room is dimmer. Providing sips may be important since the client may have dry mouth, but also allows participation in care by family. Clients may demonstrate confusion, which may concern family members; however, proactive teaching and providing for expectations is important. Clients should be encouraged to speak/talk.

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