A nurse is speaking with a patient who has talked about quitting smoking. The nurse assesses the patients readiness to learn and determines that the patient has little to no interest in making a permanent change. Which step of self-management would the nurse most likely employ after learning of this patients level of readiness?


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- Continuing to educate about the need for change

- Supporting the patient as he makes changes to quit

- Outlining the process of how to quit smoking

- Providing resources for medications or non-pharmacological aids to aid in quitting


When a patient needs to make a change, the nurse can assess his level of readiness. A patient who is ready to change, as assessed by the nurse, can receive help about how to make the changes and obtain support for maintaining the changes. If the patient is not ready to change, the nurse should continue to educate him until he is ready to change.

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