A 16-year-old girl is brought to the ER stating she has throbbing pain "right behind the belly-button." Her mother said she has been vomiting all morning, hasn't been able to eat, and has a temperature of 102°F. You suspect appendicitis. What is the nurse's priority?
Administer the ordered analgesic IV.
Check for rebound tenderness.
Auscultate the abdomen.
Notify the physician.
Try to get the patient up to see if pain is relieved by walking.
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