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In order to save up extra money for a vacation, a nursing aid has been picking up extra shifts. She’s been consuming alcohol every night and binging on fast food as a way to cope with the lack of sleep and added stress. What does the nursing assistant identify within these actions?

A These are forms of negative coping with stress and need correcting.

Consuming alcohol, abusing drugs or binge eating are adverse coping mechanisms. The nursing assistant needs to discover different ways to deal with stress or reduce the amount of time he or she is working.