A nurse wants to develop a therapeutic relationship with an anxious new client. Which of the following is an open-ended question?

  • “Do you think your anxiety medication has been helping?”
  • “Does anyone in your family have anxiety or depression?”
  • “How is your anxiety on the weekends when you are off work?”
  • “So you are saying that your trouble sleeping started right around the time you started a new job?”
Number 3 is correct.
An open- ended question requires the client to respond in a descriptive method; it necessitates more than a one-word answer. The nurse wants to foster a therapeutic relationship by asking the client to describe his anxiety levels on the weekend. Close-ended questions can usually be answered with a one-word response such as yes or no .