In assessing the patient, the nurse begins by asking questions that encourage the patient to describe problematic behaviors and situations. The next step is to elicit the patient's:
THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED- questions should be asked in a precise order, specifically from the most simple description to the more difficult disclosure of feelings. When the problem has been described, eliciting the patient's thought about the dilemmas provides further assessment data as well as the patient's interpretation of what has happened. wrong: feelings about what has been described- feelings are more complex processes, especially if the patient is highly anxious or out of touch with reality. wrong: possible solutions to the problem- solutions are more complex process, especially is the patient is extremely anxious or out of touch with reality. *wrong: intent on sharing the description- articulating intent is more complex process, especially if the patient is highly anxious or out of touch with reality.