7. Mrs. Jane Gately has been dealing with uterine cancer for several months. Pain management is the primary focus of her current admission to your oncology unit. Her vital signs on admission are BP 110/64, pulse 78, respirations 18, and temperature 99.2 F. Morphine sulfate 6mg IV, q 4 hours, prn has been ordered. During your assessment after lunch, your findings are: BP 92/60, pulse 66, respirations 10, and temperature 98.8. Mrs. Gately is crying and tells you she is still experiencing severe pain. Your action should be to
a. give her the next ordered dose of MS.
b. give her a back rub, put on some light music, and dim the lights in the room.
c. report your findings to the RN, requesting an alternate medication order be obtained from the physician.
d. call her daughter to come and sit with her.
7. C. Morphine sulfate depresses the respiratory center. When the rate is less than 10, the MD should be notified.