The nurse is caring for a client who recently experienced a massive stroke. Which of the following statements by the spouse indicates a need for further teaching by the nurse?

  • “My spouse may not return to normal for some time.”
  • “I plan on returning to work full time as soon as my spouse returns home.”
  • “Home health care will help us once my spouse is discharged.”
  • “You will provide me with support during this difficult time.”
Number 2 is correct.
The spouse will likely need to limit her work hours at least initially to remain available to the client upon discharge. The goal of hospitalization is to return the client to maximum independence, although he may not return to normal for some time, if at all. Home health care will assist the client at home upon discharge. Nursing care involves the family as well as the client. Providing support to the client and family are within the scope of nursing practice.