Nurs 3001 | Pediatric Nursing
First and foremost, the nurse should assess the patient’s current condition by collecting vital signs and any other assessments indicated. The patient’s medical history should also be obtained in order to plan appropriate treatments or interventions. Any pre-existing conditions or allergies should be noted as they can have an impact on treatment plans. Additionally, the nurse should determine if any special needs may exist such as language barriers or disabilities which require additional support or services in order to provide optimal care.
The nurse must also evaluate the patient’s environment for safety concerns such as cords and wires on the ground, loose items that could pose a choking hazard, cleanliness of bedding and linens, etc., all of which could present risks of injury or illness. Similarly, any potential hazards related to medications such as improper storage of drugs or incorrect dosages must be addressed immediately so that safe administration can occur.
In terms of psychosocial issues, the nurse should assess how well the patient is coping with their current situation through communication attempts and listening carefully for verbal cues about how they feel about their diagnosis and care plan. This will allow for timely intervention if needed including referral to mental health services if depression or anxiety are suspected. Finally, assessment of family members involved in providing support is essential in order to identify both strengths and potential challenges related to providing optimal caregiver resources necessary for successful recovery outcomes.