A 50 year old gentleman has been brought to a fever clinic and is being tested for COVID. Only an 18 year old accompanied him. Both of them are extremely distressed and anxious. There is no other support system. How can I help as a nurse, when I am also feeling very troubled looking at their misery and the risk?
Firstly, be aware that it is natural to be afraid and to feel sad because of your patient’s misery. It also indicates that you are a wonderful nurse as you can empathize with your patient. Appreciate the 18 yr old for taking on adult responsibilities. Counsel them that: · Fever is only one of the symptoms and does not confirm the illness. · The recovery rate is quite high. · If there are no co-morbid conditions, recovery is smoother. · About the precautions to be followed for COVID. · To recollect pleasant memories, earlier successful experiences with illness, to engage in relaxation exercises of their choice (inform them of the various options). · Most important, that being distressed and anxious will not effect/change the results. They do not have control over the results but can control their reaction and be prepared. · They can discuss and make plans for action if the result is positive.
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