A nurse has given a patient with joint stiffness and limited range of motion a nursing diagnosis of Impaired Physical Mobility. Which nursing intervention would be most appropriate when caring for this patient?
A. Screen for signs of ineffective coping or helplessness
A patient with limited mobility requires help and assistance with movement and with increasing his ability to perform daily functions, as appropriate. Over time, a person with limited function may develop ineffective coping patterns or feelings of helplessness that can worsen mobility problems. Part of nursing interventions when caring for this patient is to assess whether the patient has emotional issues that are contributing to physical mobility.