Is This a Difficult Patient,or is it a Genuine Concern?

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    Ms.M is a 26years patient admitted to the medical/surgical ward for overnight observation RE: complaint of shortness breath since the last two weeks….. there is no significant medical history. The nurse she is assigned to measured her vital signs ….the findings are: BP 130/70, Pulse 82, RR 21 and non-labored, Temp. 98, O2 sat 98% on 2liters of oxygen, no complaint of pain, and no visible distress observed.

    Every 15 mins. Ms. M rings the call bell and reports that she cannot breathe; the nursing assessment reveals no significant deviation from the vital signs above. What action should we take regarding Ms. M’s behavior? And what possible nursing diagnosis can we assign to her?



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    Quote from Isis Phoenix
    Ms.M is a 26years patient admitted to the medical/surgical ward for overnight observation RE: complaint of shortness breath since the last two weeks….. there is no significant medical history. The nurse she is assigned to measured her vital signs ….the findings are: BP 130/70, Pulse 82, RR 21 and non-labored, Temp. 98, O2 sat 98% on 2liters of oxygen, no complaint of pain, and no visible distress observed.

    Every 15 mins. Ms. M rings the call bell and reports that she cannot breathe; the nursing assessment reveals no significant deviation from the vital signs above. What action should we take regarding Ms. M’s behavior? And what possible nursing diagnosis can we assign to her?


    So....what do YOU think?

    What actions do YOU think should be taking regarding this behavior?


    What potential nursing diagnosis does your data point you towards?

    We are happy to HELP GUIDE you with your assignment but please let us know your thoughts and research ...
    RunBabyRN, imintrouble, nurse2be13, and 2 others like this.
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    Were lung sounds assessed? CXR? Chest CT?
    Why wouldn't we take her concerns seriously?
    Anxiety can't be ruled out but at this moment it is more important to look at physiological causes. However, giving an anxiety med with a doctor's order may help her feel better in the interim.
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    Lung sounds are clear......
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    This is homework. We need to hear more from you, IsisPhoenix, as you must know by now.
    RunBabyRN, imintrouble, psu_213, and 3 others like this.
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    IsisP, IsisP, IsisP, dear.... You must know by now that we won't do your homework for you. Tell us what you have learned already, let us know what confuses you or what you have questions about, and then we can talk. Posting in multiple fora won't help.
    RunBabyRN, KelRN215, imintrouble, and 4 others like this.
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    ^^^ what tea said ^^^
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    Posting the same thread twice won't get someone to do your homework for you...
    RunBabyRN, imintrouble, psu_213, and 3 others like this.
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    I have a correction of this post .....please see other. This is a case study, thanks for your kind cooperation.



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    Last edit by Isis Phoenix on Jul 2
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    What is the unit or chapter r/t to your case study?


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