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Unformatted text preview: As nurses we have to remember that not everyone is aware of the resources that are available and how to access them. We have to act as patients advocates and help them to discover how to access resources. Some patients have both desire and skills to take charge of their lives; some have desire but need to improve their skills, while others have limitations in ability and desire (Burkhardt & Nathaniel p. 486). An empowered patient with limitations in ability and desire is at risk for self-care deficit. In order to keep these patients functional they may require constant support and encouragement. References Burkhardt, M. & Nathaniel, A. (2007). Ethics and issues in contemporary nursing. Clifton Park. NY. Delmar Publishing....
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- Spring '11