Tobacco use and the role that nurses and other interdisciplinary team members play in helping to assist tobacco users with quitting.

Chamberlain College of Nursing NR 305 RN HEALTH ASSESSMENT

Week 5 Discussion Video Transcript Video Audio Anne at her desk reviewing a patient chart as she expresses her inner thoughts

Anne: Let’s see… my next patient is Mary. She’s 53, Caucasian, and had a heart attack a year ago. She is being seen today for an exacerbation of COPD. She also has controlled Type II diabetes. She’s had depression that started when she lost her job a year ago. She’s still is unemployed but receiving government checks. But that isn’t enough income for her to live independently. She had to move in with her daughter and son- in-law.

Today her chief complaint is a harsh productive cough and increased shortness of breath. And she’s still smoking, which is upsetting her daughter who has a young child who is bothered by the second-hand smoke.

Anne and Mary in an exam room

Anne: Hi, Mary. How are you feeling today?

Mary: Overall, I feel pretty healthy. I walk for about half an hour every single day. And I’ve been following the diet that the dietician suggested, watching what I eat. I’m proud of the fact that my diabetes has never been better controlled!

Anne: So far, so good. Is there anything that concerns you?

Mary: Yes. Lately I’ve been coughing so hard and having difficulty catching my breath which is causing me to feel like I might be having some twinges in my chest, and I’m scared to death I’m going to have another heart attack. I want to know what more I can do to prevent that from happening again.

Anne: I’d be happy to explore healthy options. To start, I’d like to ask you a few follow- up questions related to the history form you filled out in the waiting room. You’re still smoking?

Mary: (Sigh…) Yes, cigarettes are my one remaining vice. I’ve been smoking over 40 years. My parents smoked and they taught me how to light their cigarettes when I was 12!

Anne: How much are you smoking?

Mary: About a pack a day. That’s 20 cigarettes. I light up first thing in the morning. If I don’t, it’s all I think about. My body craves it. It is just so frustrating, especially since it is upsetting my daughter and son in law so much. I don’t know where I will go if they kick me out of their home.

Anne: I’m sure that is very upsetting to think about, Mary. Let me take a quick listen to you and then we can discuss some options that may be available to you.

Mary: Sure, that would be fine.

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