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Outline potential strategies to assist her in making her life “better”.

Outline potential strategies to assist her in making her life “better”.

Chapter 1: Community and Public Health Nursing: Present, Past, and Future

As a public health nurse at a free clinic, you are assessing and interviewing a 21-year-old woman who has come to the clinic because “I don’t have any energy and haven’t felt good in weeks”. During the interview, you learn that she averages one meal per day, smokes up to two packs of cigarettes per day and rummages through trash to find items to sell to purchase food, snacks, and cigarettes. She admits to using street drugs “every once in a while, when I can find someone who will share with me”. She admits, “My life is a mess and I don’t know how to make it better”. (Learning Objective: 5)

What data can you gather based on available client information?

What questions should you ask yourself while interviewing this client?

During planning, how can you best assist the client?

Outline potential strategies to assist her in making her life “better”.