A 65-year-old, female patient is in the hospital with an exacerbation of symptoms from multiple sclerosis. The nurse goes to check in on her and finds her knitting a sweater, humming, and bopping her head to the 'Top 40' station on the radio by her bed. The nurse asks about her pain level, and she replies by saying, "Oh it's bad today. It's a nine." What should the nurse do next?
Respond with: "Well you don't look like you're in pain to me. Where is the pain?"
Document the statement, and tell the charge nurse that drug seeking behavior is suspected.
Call the physician.
Explain the 1-10 scale and confirm her 9/10 choice.
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