Psychiatry and Mental Health
Case: Mrs. Jaeger, 28 years old, has been admitted 17 times to acute care facilities for serious overdose attempts and self-injurious behaviour. Mrs. Jaeger arrives at the community outpatient program for her initial appointment with gauze wrapped around one forearm, where she has six stitches in place due to self-injurious behaviour.
Question: Today, while waiting for her appointment, Mrs. Jaeger inflicts superficial cuts to her forearm. Violence is not permitted at the program. What should the psychiatric and mental health nurse do initially?
- Answer 1: Remind her of the agreement in place for her safety.
- Answer 2: Help her identify triggers that prompt aggressive outbursts.
- Answer 3: Offer to transfer her to another therapist within the program.
- Answer 4: Consider hospitalization for her at this time.