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A patient who will undergo plastic surgery tells the nurse she is embarrassed about the surgery and asks the nurse not to tell anyone. How should the nurse respond?

Explanation

•The nurse has a legal obligation to maintain patient confidentiality.

Incorrect options:

•"I am required to tell your family" and "If your friends ask, I cannot lie" are incorrect and would breach patient confidentiality.

•"I won't tell, I promise" would not alleviate the patient's concerns and it is not a professional response.

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