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16. A community/public health nurse is providing care in the home of a family with children. The father returned from the physician during the nurse’s visit and reported that the physician wanted several diagnostic tests performed. The father believed that the physician had looked quite serious. Which of the following actions would be most appropriate for the nurse?
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Because the father is confronting a possibly serious illness, he is in the early phase of diagnosis, which necessitates preparation and cooperation with diagnostic testing. Both the father and the family as a whole will have to deal with anxiety and uncertainty. The nurse can help the family deal with anxiety and uncertainty by helping them to mobilize support while they await the diagnosis. DIF: Cognitive Level: Analysis REF: pp. 350-351
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