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You are the nursing assistant on shift. Which of the following essential actions should you take first when walking in on your patient, who is having a seizure?

A You should support your patient’s head and move any objects out of the way that could harm your patient.

While patient are seizing, a nursing assistant must always stay by their resident’s side and try to prevent him or her from getting hurt. Restraining your resident or putting a tongue blade in their mouth could potentially injure your resident. A physician should always be notified when your resident has had a seizure, but it is not your responsibility as a nursing assistant to do so; nor is it the primary action that should be taken.