A homeless client has been admitted to the hospital for observation, and he does not speak any English. The nurse does not know any of the client’s medical history, but he is grimacing and looks to be in pain. The nurse should

  • use nonverbal communication such as pointing and gestures.
  • call for the hospital interpreter services.
  • give the client pen and paper and encourage him to draw.
  • wait to see if any friends or family visit the client who may be able to help.
Number 2 is correct.
If possible, the nurse should utilize the hospital interpreter services. Using a certified interpreter is the most reliable method of communicating with a client who speaks another language. In addition, interpreters affiliated with a hospital specialize in medical and health terminology.