A nurse is caring for a five-year-old child that has been hospitalized multiple times for leukemia. After observing the child using several coping mechanisms, the nurse designs a plan of care that includes:


•Therapeutic play is a great way for the child to act out past experiences and feelings to reduce the trauma and anxiety related to hospitalization.

•Incorrect: Placing the child on psychiatric medication is not appropriate unless the child has a psychiatric illness.

•Incorrect: Telling this child to focus on the future is insensitive and inappropriate.

•Incorrect: Having the child discuss his feelings during therapy is developmentally inappropriate at age five. Play therapy is more appropriate for this developmental stage.

Visit our website for other NCLEX topics now!