NCLEX Question of the Week #10

A 30-year old patient is in the Emergency Department suffering from seizures related to alcohol withdrawal. They will soon be admitting this patient to the non-medical psychiatric care unit. The psychiatric nurse knows that, in order to keep this patient safe, he must perform which priority nursing action?

A. Ask the physician for a prescription for clonazepam, an anxiolytic that may help with the withdrawal symptoms

B. Ensure that a working IV pump is set up and ready to work at the patient’s bedside.

C. Order a STAT arterial blood gas lab.

D. Pad the side rails of the patient’s assigned bed.