A patient requests pain medication. What should the nurse do first when responding to this patient's The nurse is planning a teaching program
A. Use distraction to minimize the patient's perception of pain
B. Administer pain medication to the patient quickly
C. Place the patient in the most comfortable position possible
D. Assess the various aspects of the patient's pain
D. All the factors that affect pain experience should be assessed, including location, intensity, quality, duration, pattern, aggravating and alleviating factors, and physical, behavioral, and attitudinal responses. Assessment must precede intervention.
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