A patient experiencing acute shortness of breath is admitted to the hospital. Which action by the nurse is most appropriate during the initial assessment of the patient?

  1. Ask the patient to lie down to complete a full physical assessment.
  2. Briefly ask specific questions about this episode of respiratory distress.
  3. Complete the admission database to check for allergies before treatment.
  4. Delay the physical assessment to first complete pulmonary function tests

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