The nurse is caring for a patient who underwent a right nephrectomy. While assessing the patient, the nurse should place priority on:

Hourly urine output.


• After a nephrectomy (removal of a kidney), the patient's remaining kidney should be assessed for effectiveness to detect renal failure.

• Pain at the surgical site is expected after surgery.

• Blood pressure and temperature are less of a priority when compared to hourly urine output.

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