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While taking vital signs with patient's morning checks, a nursing assistant discovers a patient currently has a temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit. The patient also just requested the nursing assistant for assistance ambulating to the bathroom prior to breakfast. What should the nursing assistant do in this situation?

A C. Help the patient to the bathroom and then notify the nurse on staff of the patient’s temperature.

The nursing assistant needs to help the patient to the bathroom first. Following this, the nursing assistant have to then inform the nurse on staff about the rise in the patient’s temperature. Option A is wrong, because the patient needs assistance walking to the bathroom. They are at greater risk of slipping and injuring himself or herself if they attempt to do this on their own.  Option B is incorrect as the nursing assistant needs to inform the nurse on staff about the change in temperature. Option D is incorrect as providing medication is beyond the nursing assistant’s scope of practice.