A patient on the mental health unit has been given the nursing diagnosis of Ineffective Individual Coping after being diagnosed with cancer. The patient is unable to make any decisions for herself and has developed headaches and fatigue. Which of the following nursing interventions is most appropriate for this diagnosis?


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- Help the patient to get enough rest and to eat a healthy diet

- Provide a book for the patient that comprehensively describes ineffective coping

- Point out the areas where the patient is not taking care of herself

- Encourage the patient to continue to make decisions, even when she is significantly stressed


A patient with ineffective coping after a medical diagnosis can benefit by taking care of her physical needs. By supporting the needs for a proper diet and plenty of rest, the patient may be more likely to face her diagnosis and learn to cope with it.

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