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- Contact the nursing supervisor and report the situation
- Complete an incident report
- Discharge the patient and contact him at home later
- Explain to the patient how to use the call light
- Call the patients family and ask them to help
A nurse may occasionally be in a situation where she faces an ethical dilemma and does not have immediate answers. When this happens, the nurse must contact those who are able to help her if her initial attempts at getting help do not work. This may include other staff nurses, the charge nurse, or the nursing supervisor. The nurse should work up the chain of command to get help for a difficult situation to avoid risking the patients safety.
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