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What is the most appropriate action for the charge nurse? The charge nurse observes a new staff nurse who is changing a dressing on a surgical wound. After carefully washing her hands the nurse dons sterile gloves to remove the old dressing. After removing the dirty dressing. the nurse removes the gloves and dons a new pair of sterile gloves in preparation for cleaning and redressing the wound.

This question is part of Fundamentals of Nursing NCLEX Quiz 32
Asked by Santepro, Last updated: Sep 16, 2020

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Answered Oct 12, 2018

Interrupt the procedure to inform the nurse of the need to wash her hands after removal of the dirty dressing and gloves.

Nonsterile gloves are adequate to remove the old dressing. However. the use of sterile gloves does not put the client in danger so discussion of this can wait until later. The staff nurse is doing two things incorrectly. Nonsterile gloves are adequate to remove the old dressing. The nurse should wash her hands after removing the soiled dressing and before donning sterile gloves to clean and dress the wound. The nurse should wash her hands after removing the soiled dressing and before donning the sterile gloves to clean and dress the wound. Not doing this compromises client safety and should be brought to the immediate attention of the nurse. The staff nurse is doing two things incorrectly. Nonsterile gloves are adequate to remove the old dressing. However. the use of sterile gloves does not put the client in danger so discussion of this can wait until later. However. the nurse should wash her hands after removing the soiled dressing and before donning sterile gloves to clean and dress the wound. Not doing this compromises client safety and should be brought to the immediate attention of the nurse.
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