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Coping Mechanisms

by Diana Shenefield, PhD
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    Welcome. My name is Diana Shenefield. The topic we are gonna talk about today is Psychosocial Integrity. That's part of our NCLEX review and the topic underneath that is Coping Mechanisms. Coping Mechanisms is something that we are going to be assessing in our patients and a lot of times we known a patient aren't coping. And we know that it can lead to problems with their physical diagnosis but also with their mental diagnosis. So what can i do as a nurse? Why should i be watching for in my patients that are having coping difficulties? So we are gonna look at assessing their ability to cope. Assessing whether they can are just having problems at the time of coping or whether this is a long term problem. We gonna provide support to our patients coping with life changes. A lot of times we see patients at the lowest part of their life as they are making changes in the way that they are going to live the rest of their lives. May be they are just being diagnosed with a chronic illness. May be they have had a surgery that's going to be a body image changing. So a lot times we are there as nurses to help people to learn how to cope with the changes in their life styles. And then we are going to evaluate. Can we evaluate that the patient is successfully coping and adapting to the situation that they have been presented? Again a lot of times our patients are with us for such a short period of time that we don't always see what happens when they leave. But may be we can get a sense on whether they are able to cope and whether they have the capabilities of coping before...

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    The lecture Coping Mechanisms by Diana Shenefield, PhD is from the course Psychosocial Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Coping Mechanisms
    • Assessment
    • Factors That May Lead to Inability to Cope

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. The patient will stop blaming himself or herself for the lack of insurance
    2. The patient will develop adaptive coping patterns
    3. The patient will identify a realistic perception of stressors
    4. The patient will express and share feelings regarding the present crisis
    1. Expressing his angry feelings to the nurse
    2. Accepting his death as imminent
    3. Decreasing interaction with peers to conserve energy
    4. Gaining an intellectual understanding of the illness
    1. „You sound angry. What is upsetting you?“
    2. „I’ll leave, but you need to eat.“
    3. “I’ll get you something for your pain.”
    4. „Your anger doesn’t bother me. I’ll be back later.“

    Author of lecture Coping Mechanisms

     Diana Shenefield, PhD

    Diana Shenefield, PhD


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