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Nursing process. Nursing Diagnosis. -Judgment or conclusion about the risk for-or actual-need/problem of the pt. (NANDA format ). Nursing Diagnosis: Health issue that can be prevented, reduced, resolved, or enhanced through independent nursing measures by:

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nursing diagnosis
Nursing Diagnosis

-Judgment or conclusion about the risk for-or actual-need/problem of the pt. (NANDA format).

Nursing Diagnosis: Health issue that can be prevented, reduced, resolved, or enhanced through independent nursing measures by:

  • Sorting, clustering, analyzing information
  • Identifying potential problems and strengths
  • Writing statement of problem or strength
  • Prioritizing the problems
  • Not a medical diagnosis

Diagnostic Statements:

  • Name of the health-related issue or problem as identified in the NANDA list
  • Etiology (its cause)
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • The name of the nursing diagnosis is linked to the etiology with the phrase “related to,” and the signs and symptoms are identified with the phrase “as manifested (or evidenced) by”
  • Problem: (Risk of infection related to compromised nutrition state) (No AEB)
functional health pattern nanda
Functional Health Pattern(NANDA)
  • Health Perception-Health management pattern
  • Nutritional-Metabolic Pattern
  • Elimination Pattern
  • Activity-Exercise Pattern
  • Sexuality-Reproduction Pattern
  • Sleep-Rest Pattern
  • Sensory-Perceptual Pattern
  • Cognitive Pattern
  • Role-Relationship Pattern
  • Self-Perception-Self- Concept Pattern
  • Coping-Stress Tolerance Pattern
  • Value-Belief Pattern
health perception health management pattern
Health Perception-Health Management Pattern
  • Energy Field Disturbance.
  • Altered Growth and Development.
  • Altered Health Maintenance.
  • Ineffective Management of Therapeutic Regimen: Individual.
  • Health Seeking Behaviors
  • Effective Management of Therapeutic Regimen
  • Risk for Injury
  • Risk for diagnoses
  • Risk for Suffocation
  • Risk for Poisoning
  • Risk for Trauma
  • Risk for Peri-operative Positioning Injury
nutritional metabolic pattern
Nutritional-Metabolic Pattern
  • Decreased Adaptive Capacity: Intracranial.
  • Ineffective Thermo regulation.
  • Fluid Volume Deficit
  • Fluid Volume Excess
  • Altered Nutrition: Less than body requirements
  • Altered Nutrition: More than body requirements
  • Ineffective Breastfeeding
  • Interrupted Breastfeeding
  • Ineffective Infant Feeding Pattern Impaired Swallowing
  • Altered Protection
  • Impaired Tissue Integrity
  • Altered Oral Mucous Membrane
  • Impaired Skin Integrity.
elimination pattern
Elimination Pattern
  • Altered Bowel Elimination Constipation
  • Colonic constipation
  • Perceived constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Altered Urinary Elimination Patterns of Urinary Retention
  • Total Incontinence
  • Functional Incontinence
  • Reflex Incontinence
  • Urge Incontinence
  • Stress Incontinence
  • Risk for constipation
  • Risk for altered urinary elimination
activity exercise pattern
Activity- Exercise Pattern
  • Activity Intolerance
  • Impaired Gas Exchange in effective Airway Clearance
  • Ineffective Breathing Pattern
  • Decreased Adaptive Intracranial Capacity
  • Decreased Cardiac Output
  • Disuse syndrome
  • Diversional Activity Deficit
  • Impaired Home Maintenance Management
  • Impaired Physical Mobility
  • Dysfunctional Ventilatory Weaning Response
  • Inability to Sustain Spontaneous Ventilation
  • Self-Care Deficit: (Feeding, Bathing/Hygiene, Dressing/Grooming,
  • Toileting)
  • Altered Tissue Perfusion: (Specify type: Cardiac, Cerebral, and Cardiopulmonary. Renal, Gastrointestinal, Peripheral)
  • Disorganized Infant Behavior
  • Risk for Disorganized Infant Behavior
  • Risk for Peripheral Neurovascular Dysfunction
  • Risk for altered respiratory function
sexuality reproduction pattern
Sexuality-Reproduction Pattern

Risk- Diagnoses

Risk for altered sexuality pattern

Actual Diagnoses

Sexual Dysfunction, Altered Sexuality Patterns

sleep rest pattern
Sleep-Rest Pattern

Wellness Diagnoses:

Opportunity to enhance sleep

Risk Diagnoses:

Risk for sleep pattern disturbance

Actual Diagnosis:

Sleeps Pattern Disturbance

sensory perceptual pattern
Sensory-Perceptual Pattern

Wellness Diagnosis:

Opportunity to enhance comfort level

Risk Diagnoses:

Risk for pain, Risk for Aspiration

Actual Diagnoses:

Pain, Chronic Pain and Dysreflexia.

cognitive pattern
Cognitive Pattern

*Actual diagnosis

  • Acute confusion
  • Chronic Confusion
  • Decisional Conflict
  • Impaired Environmental Interpretation Syndrome
  • Knowledge Deficit (Specify)
  • Altered Thought Processes
  • Impaired Memory

*Wellness Diagnosis:

Opportunity to enhance cognition

*Risk Diagnoses:

Risk for altered thought processes

role relationship pattern
Role-Relationship Pattern

*Actual Diagnoses

  • Impaired Verbal Communication
  • Altered Family Processes: Alcoholism
  • Anticipatory Grieving
  • Dysfunctional Grieving?
  • Altered Parenting
  • Parental Role Conflict
  • Altered Role Performance
  • Impaired Social Interaction: Social Isolation

*Risk Diagnoses

Risk for dysfunctional grieving, High risk for Loneliness.

Risk for Altered Parent/Infant/Child Attachment

self perception self concept pattern
Self-Perception-Self-Concept Pattern

*Actual Diagnoses

  • Anxiety fatigue - Fear - Hopelessness- Powerlessness- Personal Identity.
  • Disturbance - Body Image
  • Disturbance- self Esteem
  • Disturbance.

*Risk Diagnoses

  • Risk for hopelessness
  • Risk for body image disturbance
  • Risk for low self esteem
coping stress tolerance pattern
Coping-Stress Tolerance Pattern

*Actual Diagnoses

  • Impaired Adjustment
  • Ineffective Individual Coping
  • Ineffective Family Coping: Disabling
  • Ineffective Family Coping: Compromised
  • Ineffective Community Coping: Post-Trauma Response,
  • Rape-Trauma Syndrome Relocation and Stress Syndrome.

*Risk Diagnoses

  • Risk for ineffective coping (individual, family, or community)
  • Risk for self-harm
  • Risk for self- abuse.
  • Risk for Self-Mutilation
  • Risk for suicide
  • Risk for Violence; Self- directed or directed at others
value belief pattern
Value-Belief Pattern

*Actual Diagnosis

Spiritual disturbance (distress of the human spirit).

*Risk diagnosis

Risk for spiritual distress

*Wellness Diagnosis

Potential for enhanced spiritual Well- Being



  • Perform assessment
  • Look at the NANDA list
  • Look for the defining characteristics or symptoms from your assessment
  • Look for the related factors - things that cause the symptoms
  • Make the sentence read: NANDA Diagnosis…RT…AEB…
nursing care plan 1
Nursing Care Plan 1


*Definition:A state in which an individual experiences a disruption in cognitive operations and activities


*Possible Etiologies (related to)

  • Withdrawal into the self
  • Underdeveloped ego; punitive superego
  • Impaired cognition fostering negative perception of self or the environment

*Defining Characteristics (evidenced by)

  • Inaccurate interpretation of environment
  • Delusional thinking
  • Hypovigilance (lack of attention or concentration)
  • Altered attention span-distractibility
  • Egocentricity
  • Impaired ability to make decisions, problem-solve, reason
  • Negative ruminations


**Short-Term Goal

  • Patient will recognize and verbalize when interpretations of the environment are inaccurate within 1 week.

**Long-Term Goal

  • Patient will experience no delusional or distorted thinking by discharge.

*Interventions with Selected Rationales

  • Convey your acceptance of pt’sneed for false belief, while letting him know that you don’t share delusion. Positive response would convey to pt. that you accept the delusion as reality.
  • Do not argue to deny belief. Use REASONABLE DOUBT as therapeutic technique: “I find that hard to believe.” An arguing with pt. or denying belief serves no useful purpose; delusional ideas are not eliminated by this approach, and development of trusting relationship may be impeded.

Use CONSENSUAL VALIDATION &SEEKING CLARIFICATION technique when communication reflects alteration in thinking. (Ex: “Is it that you mean? “or“ I don’t understand what you mean by that. Would you please explain?”) These techniques reveal to pt. how he is being perceived by others, while responsibility for not understanding is accepted by nurse.

  • Reinforce &focus on reality. Talk about real events &real people. Use real situations &events to divert pt. away from long, purposeless, repetitive verbalizations of false ideas.

Give positive reinforcement, as pt. is able to differentiate b/w reality- &nonreality-based thinking. Positive reinforcement enhances self-esteem & encourages repetition of desirable behaviors.

  • Teach pt. to intervene, using thought-stopping techniques, when irrational or negative thoughts prevail. Thought stopping involves using command stop!” or loud noise (ex. hand clapping) to in­terrupt unwanted thoughts. This noise or command dis­tracts individual from undesirable thinking that often precedes undesirable emotions or behaviors.

Use touch cautiously, particularly if thoughts reveal ideas of persecution. Ptswho are suspicious may perceive touch as threatening and may respond with aggression.


*Desired Patient Outcomes/Discharge Criteria

1.Pt’s thinking processesreflect accurate interpretation of environment.

2.Pt is able to recognize negative or irrational thoughts and intervene to stop their progression.

nursing care plan 2
Nursing Care Plan 2


*Definition: The state in which an individual experiences an intake of nutrients insufficient to meet metabolic needs


*Possible Etiologies (related to)

**Inability to ingest food due to:

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Energy level too low to meet own nutritional needs
  • Regression to lower level of development
  • Ideas of self-destruction
  • Lack of interest in food

*Defining Characteristics (evidenced by)

  • Loss of weight
  • Pale conjunctiva and mucous membranes
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Amenorrhea
  • Poor skin turgor
  • Edema of extremities
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Anemias


**Short-Term Goal

  • Patient will gain 2 Ib per week for the next 3 week.

**Long-Term Goal

  • Patient will exhibit no s&sof malnutrition by discharge (ex:electrolytes &blood counts within normal limits; steady wtgain will be demonstrated; constipation will be corrected; ptwill exhibit increased energy in participation of activities).

*Interventions with Selected Rationales

  • In collaboration with dietitian, determine number of calories required to provide adequate nutrition & realistic weight gain.
  • Ensure that diet includes foods high in fiber to prevent constipation. Encourage ptto increase fluid consumption & physical exercise to promote normal bowel functioning. Depressed ptsare particularly vulnerable to constipation due to psychomotor retardation. Constipation is also a common side effect of many antidepressant medications.

Keep strict documentation of intake, output, &calorie count. This is necessary to make accurate nutritional assessment &maintain pt’ssafety.

  • Weigh ptdaily. Weight loss or gain is important assessment information.
  • Determine pt’slikes &dislikes &collaborate with dietitian to provide favorite foods. Ptis more likely to eat foods that he particularly enjoys.

Ensure that ptreceives small, frequent feedings, including a bedtime snack, rather than three larger meals. Large amounts of food may be objectionable, or even intolerable, to pt.

  • Administer vitamin, mineral supplements &stool softeners or bulk extenders, as ordered.
  • If appropriate, ask family members or significant others to bring in special foods that ptparticularly enjoys.

Stay with ptduring mealsto assist as needed and to offer support and encouragement.

  • Monitor laboratory values, &report significant changes to physician.Laboratory values provide objective data regarding nutritional status.
  • Explain importance of adequate nutrition &fluid intake. Ptmay have inadequate or inaccurate knowledge regarding contribution of good nutrition to overall wellness.

*Desired Patient Outcomes/Discharge Criteria

1.Patient has shown a slow, progressive weight gain dur­ing hospitalization.

2.Vital signs, blood pressure, and laboratory serum stud­ies are within normal limits.

3.Patient is able to verbalize importance of adequate nutrition and fluid intake. 

nursing care plan 3
Nursing Care Plan 3


  • Definition: Disruption of sleep time which causes patient discomfort or interferes with desired lifestyle

*Possible Etiologies (related to)

  • Depressed mood
  • Repressed fears
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Fear of failure
  • Anxiety, moderate to severe
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusional thinking

*Defining Characteristics (evidenced by)

  • Verbal complaints of difficulty falling asleep
  • Awakening earlier or later than desired
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Verbal complaints of not feeling well rested
  • Remaining awake 30 minutes after going to bed
  • Awakening very early in morning and being unable to go back to sleep
  • Excessive yawning &desire to nap during day
  • Hypersomnia; using sleep as an escape


**Short-Term Goal

  • Patient will be able to sleep 4 to 6 hours with the aid of a sleeping medication within 5 days.

**Long-Terms Goal

  • Patient will be able to fall asleep within 30 minutes of retiring, and obtain 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night without medication by discharge.

*Interventions with Selected Rationales

  • Keep strict records of sleeping patterns. Accurate base line data are important in planning care to assist pt. with this problem.
  • Discourage sleep during day to promote restful sleep at night.
  • Administer antidepressant medication at bedtime so ptdoes not become drowsy during day.
  • Assist with measures that may promote sleep, such as warm, non-stimulating drinks, light snacks, warm baths, backrubs.

Performing relaxation exercises to soft music (or other technique) may be helpful before sleep.

  • Limit intake of caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, coals). Caffeine is a CNS stimulant that interfere with sleep.
  • Administer sedative meds, as ordered, to assist ptachieve sleep until normal sleep pattern is restored.
  • For ptexperiencing hypersomnia, set limits on time spent in room. Plan stimulating diversionary activities on structured, daily schedule. Explore fears &feelings that sleep is helping to suppress.

*Desired Patient Outcomes/Discharge Criteria

1.Patient is sleeping 6 to 8 hours per night without med­ication.

2.Patient is dealing to fall asleep within 30 minutes of retiring.

3.Patient isdealing with fears and feelings rather than es­caping from them through-excessive sleep.