The nurse enters a patient's room and finds her in the bathroom with lacerations to the wrists. The patient is surrounded by broken glass and blood and appears calm. What should the nurse do next?
•The safety of the nurse and patient is the first priority. The patient cannot be
•Restraining the patient before assessing her is not appropriate.
•Going to the patient's side to assess her is unwise. The patient may be frightened or defensive, and may have broken glass in her hand that could be used as a weapon.
•Moving the glass should be done only after the nurse confirms that the environment is safe.