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NCLEX® Question of the Day: Hospice

Osmosis Team
Published on Jan 19, 2022. Updated on Feb 4, 2022.

Today's NCLEX-RN® question of the day focuses on a client's right to receive hospice care.

A client diagnosed with pancreatic cancer asks the nurse, “When can I receive hospice care?” Which is the best response by the nurse?

A. “Hospice care is for anyone with a terminal illness like yours.”

B. “You will meet the criteria for hospice when you require intensive pain management.”

C. “After you complete an advance directive, you will meet the criteria for hospice care.”

D. “Hospice care can start when life expectancy is six months or less.”

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The correct answer to today's NCLEX-RN® Question is...

D. “Hospice care can start when life expectancy is six months or less.”

Rationale: Hospice care is for clients expected to live six months or less. 

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Main takeaway

Hospice care is provided when clients are expected to live six months or less. Clients who require pain management due to their disease process are offered palliative care which can occur in conjunction with hospice care but a client can receive hospice care without intense pain. A client does not need to complete an advance directive in order to receive hospice care.

Incorrect answer explanations

A. “Hospice care is for anyone with a terminal illness like yours.”

Rationale: Hospice care is for clients with a terminal illness who are expected to live six months or less if the disease follows its expected course.

B. “You will meet the criteria for hospice when you require intensive pain management.”

Rationale: Clients who require pain management due to their disease process are offered palliative care. Intense pain does not have to be present for a client to receive hospice care.

C. “After you complete an advance directive, you will meet the criteria for hospice care.”

Rationale: A client does not need to complete an advance directive in order to receive hospice care.

References

Lewis, S.L., Bucher, L., Heitkemper, M.M., & Harding, M.M. (2020). Medical-surgical nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems (11th ed.)St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

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