Which of the following statements made by a nurse requires follow-up with additional instruc-tion regarding the personal nature of pain?
1. “I have experienced pain before, and so I have great compassion for anyone deal-ing with pain.”
2. “My postsurgical clients get the prescribed pain medications on schedule with no diversion from that schedule.”
3. “If I were experiencing severe pain, I certainly would want someone to devote their time to managing for me.”
4. “Clients don’t always request pain medication, and so I always ask them if they want it according to the schedule.”
The nurse cannot see or feel the client’s pain. Pain is purely subjective; no two persons experience pain in the same way, and no two painful events create identical responses or feelings in a person. Flexibility is a necessary component in pain management. The remaining options do not require follow-up because they do not express any attitudes that are not compatible with good nursing care of the client in pain.
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