What should a nurse select as a priority intervention when planning this client's care? A client admitted with anorexia nervosa lost 30 lb (13.6 kg) during the previous 3 months.
A. Asking the physician for an order for physical therapy. B. Requesting that a chaplain visit the client. C. Consulting with a dietitian about the client s dietary needs. D. Asking the nursing assistant to shampoo the client's hair.
The correct answer to this question is option C - Consulting with a dietician about the client s dietary needs
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by self-starvation due to an irrational fear of gaining weight. The aim of treating Anorexia nervosa is regaining healthy weight and understanding balancing nutrition. Priority treatment will be formed around these two factors.
Consulting a dietician for this client is definitely a priority for this client as the dietician will be able to help this client set realistic nutritional goals.
Asking the physician for an order for physical therapy, requesting that a chaplain visit the client, or asking the nursing assistance to shampoo the client’s hair is not a priority for this client.
Anorexia nervosa is a common eating disorder that people today recognize as a problem. However, in the past several decades, people did not know about this disorder. It was hard to understand how someone could stop eating or why they would stop.
However, this disorder is more of the mind than of the body. Families may find it difficult to stop a member of their family from starving themselves or exercising too much. They will be losing too much weight.
After doing this for an extended period of time without receiving help, the person will most likely die because their body is not receiving the nutrition it needs. The priority for a nurse would be to consult with a dietician about the client’s dietary needs.
Consulting with a dietitian about the client\ s dietary needs-rationale: the nurse must first assess and plan interventions for the clients nutrition and other immediate physical needs. the nurse should consult with a dietitian to determine the clients dietary requirements, set nutritional goals, and explore ways to meet those goals. requesting an order for physical therapy, having a chaplain visit the client, and shampooing the clients hair are also important interventions. however, they dont meet basic physical needs and arent priority interventions at this time.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: management of carecognitive level: analysisreference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 61.