A 14-year-old adolescent with moderate cognitive impairment is admitted for knee surgery. During the rehabilitation period, the nurse's first nursing action is to:

Assess the child's daily routine


•Obtaining information about the adolescent's usual routine helps in providing suggestions in modifying the hospital routine.

•Maintaining a normal routine helps minimize the amount of stress to which the adolescent is exposed and helps her adjust to hospitalization.

•Using the child’s own personal care items is important to help promote a more familiar, routine environment for self-care. However, the child's normal routine needs to the assessed to adapt the hospital routine appropriately.

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