The nurse is supervising the unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) while providing care for a client with an internal radioactive implant. Which action by the UAP requires immediate intervention by the nurse?

  1. The UAP assists the client in setting up the meal tray.
  2. The UAP wears a dosimeter badge while performing client care.
  3. The UAP closes the door to the room upon entering and exiting.
  4. The UAP places soiled linen in a laundry cart and takes it to the soiled utility area.
Number 4 is correct.
Rationale: Soiled linen should remain in the room until the source of radiation is removed; the linen may then be disposed of as usual. Setting up the meal tray is part of client care and should not be overlooked, and all personnel caring for the client should wear dosimeter badges to measure the amount of radiation exposure. Closing the door upon entering and exiting and keeping the door closed minimizes the risk of radiation exposure to other clients and staff.