When assessing aging adults, what is one of the first things the nurse should assess before making judgments about the aging person’s mental status?
A patient repeats, “I feel hot. Hot, cot, rot, tot, got. I’m a spot.” What term should the nurse use to document this?
The nurse is planning health teaching for a 65-year-old woman who has had a cerebrovascular accident (stroke) and has aphasia. Which of these questions is most important to use when assessing the mental status of this patient?
During an interview, the nurse notes that the patient gets up several times to wash her hands even though they are not dirty. This is an example of what behavior?
A 20-year-old construction worker has been brought into the emergency department with heat stroke. He has delirium as a result of a fluid and electrolyte imbalance. When conducting the mental status examination for this patient, what should the nurse assess first?