Mr. H has recently been diagnose with Lung cancer. Someone has written the nursing diagnosis of anxiety on his care plan.
1. What data/ defining characteristics would support this nursing diagnosis?
The data would support this nursing diagnosis are physiological aspects like Increase in blood pressure, pulse, and respirations, dizziness, light-headedness, perspiration, flushing. Behavioral like expressions of helplessness, Crying, Insomnia
2. Which related factors might exist in his situation?
In Mr. H situation some of the related factors are related to unfamiliar environment; lack of understanding of diagnosis, diagnostic tests, and treatments; financial concerns; and feelings of confinement. 3. Which other nursing diagnosis might you expect to find in Mr. H case? Other nursing diagnosis we might or expect to find in Mr. H case are difficulty concentrating, inability to problem-solve, palpitations, dry mouth, headaches, Nausea and/or diarrhea, Restlessness, nightmares, Trembling.
4. Another nursing diagnosis on the other care plan reads “lung cancer related to smoking”. Is this diagnosis written in an acceptable format? If not why not?
No, because this is a medical diagnosis not a nursing diagnosis.
NURSING CARE PLAN
Physiological Defining characteristics
Increase in blood pressure, pulse, and respirations
Expressions of helplessness
Feelings of inadequacy
DIAGNOSIS: ANXIETY DUE TO RECENTLY DIAGNOSE PATIENT WITH LUNG CANCER
Note palpitations, elevated pulse/respiratory rate.
Changes in vital signs may suggest the degree of anxiety patient is experiencing or reflect the impact of physiological factors,
Identify client’s perceptions of the situation
Orientation and awareness of the surroundings promotes comforts and may decrease anxiety...
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