Powerlessness

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Powerlessness experienced post-operatively can be related to lack of knowledge, previous inadequate coping patterns, and insufficient decision-making opportunities.

The nurse can help the patient post-operatively by:

  • Increasing regular, frequent communication between patient and health care provider.

  • Explaining all procedures, rules, plans and options to patient.

  • Allowing time to answer questions.

  • Keeping patient informed about schedule, condition, treatments, and results.

  • Anticipating questions, interest, and offering information.

  • Pointing out positive changes in patient’s condition.

  • Allowing patient to verbalize concerns and feelings.

  • Providing consistent staffing within framework of primary nursing.

  • Discussing daily plan of activities and allowing patient to make as many decisions as possible.

  • Keeping promises.

  • Providing daily recognition of progress, praise gains and achievements .

  • Assessing patient’s usual responses to problems and stressors.

  • Identify short-term realistic goals and give positive reinforcement when achieved


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