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- The nurse shows empathy when the patient tells her why he has been unable to change
- The nurse explains the potential complications associated with anxiety
- The nurse tells the patient how it is better to live without anxiety
- The nurse contacts the physician for a prescription for anti-anxiety medications
Motivational interviewing is the concept of eliciting change in a person's life by helping him to recognize the need for change and supporting that change. The nurse does not tell the patient to change; instead, the nurse as an interviewer guides the patient through discussions as he develops his own reasons for change and seeks to implement them. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative effort, in that the nurse and the patient work together on the process.
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