A patient on a psychiatric unit approaches a nurse in the hallway. He is anxious, dizzy, and short of breath. The nurse should first:

Guide the patient to his room and do a relaxation exercise with him


•Removing the patient from a stimulating environment and using a relaxation exercise will help the patient gain control of the situation and promote empowerment.

•The unit hallway is not an appropriate place to assess the patient. Guide the patient to his room to ensure confidentiality.

•Administering an antianxiety agent is not appropriate until the nurse has attempted non-pharmacological interventions.

•Getting other patients involved is inappropriate and may breech the patient's confidentiality.

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