The parents of a 3-year-old child with an upper respiratory illness want to bring a healer into the hospital to practice acupuncture on the child, which they believe will help to heal him. Which of the following responses of the nurse is accurate in this situation?

 

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- Discuss the situation with the physician to make arrangements for the healer to come to the hospital

- Tell the family that they will have to wait until the child has been dismissed from the hospital before he can have acupuncture

- Remind the parents that the child is not allowed to have acupuncture until he is at least 10 years old

- Contact a healer that the hospital uses to perform the acupuncture instead of using the family's healer

Rationale

Some patients will have cultural beliefs and practices that differ from the nurse's; when this occurs, the nurse should do her best to allow the patient or family to practice their beliefs, as long as it does not cause harm. In this case, if the family has a healer that can perform acupuncture, the nurse may arrange to have this service performed on the child since it will most likely not cause harm to the child. The nurse should first confer with the physician before arranging the acupuncture.

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