A nurse is caring for a 15-year-old girl who is recovering from an appendectomy. The nurse is trying to assess the patients level of pain. Which question from the nurse would be most appropriate for determining the intensity of pain the patient is experiencing?

 

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- How would you rate your pain on a scale of 0-10?

- Where is your pain?

- What does the pain feel like?

- When did the pain start?

Rationale

The intensity of a patients pain describes how much pain the patient feels, whether it is a little or a lot. The nurse can best assess intensity of the patients pain by asking her to rate the amount of pain she is experiencing on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain.

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