An 80-year-old woman is being prepared for hip replacement surgery after she slipped on ice outside her home chasing her poodle. After the consent has been signed with the physician, the patient says to the nurse, "Hi, honey, I've decided I don't want this silly surgery. I think I'll manage ok without it." Which response by the nurse is most appropriate?
I understand. However, you already signed the consent form, so there's no turning back now.
I understand surgery is scary. What has made you change your mind?
The physician has done many of these types of surgeries. You are in good hands.
I respect your decision. We'll prepare you for discharge.
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