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A 48-year-old client has just been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in the abdomen. Which of the following nursing diagnoses is a priority?

1. Risk for Ineffective Coping
2. Powerlessness
3. Risk for Imbalanced Nutrition: Less than Body Requirements
4. Disturbed Self Concept


The nursing diagnosis in option 1, Risk for Ineffective Coping, is the priority, as this person is experiencing a life-altering event. The nursing diagnoses listed in the other options might apply at some point, but option 1 is most detrimental, and is more likely to occur first. Which of the options deals directly with the client’s feelings about the situation?


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