Nursing Diagnosis

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Good diagnostic materials are essential for practicing nurses and nursing students. These materials help guide nurses in the assessment and decision-making process necessary to making accurate patient diagnoses. Nurses routinely consult specialized medical guides throughout their day as they assess patient after patient, drawing up nursing care plans based on these assessments, and revising these plans to reflect changes in their patients' conditions.

Because of their important role, diagnostic materials ultimately either help or hinder hard-working nurses and nursing students. Of course, all diagnostic materials can be thought of as helpful, simply because they contain the important information that nurses need. However, depending on their organization, these materials can be easy to read and understand, or bewildering and time-consuming.

The New Diagnostic Materials for Nurses

The goal is for diagnostic materials to be as helpful and easy to use as possible. This is especially true in light of nurses' very busy and stressful schedules. Nurses shouldn't have to read through pages and pages of incomprehensible medical language when seeking quick answers to their many cases throughout the day. Instead, they should be able to find concise information, written in everyday English that everyone can understand.

This is exactly what new, nurse-friendly guides do. To start, you can find a separate guide for each field of medicine: pediatrics, obstetrics, psychology, medical-surgical, and so on. Each guide typically lists conditions, along with a very brief, one- or two-sentence description, common symptoms, suggested interventions, and a general management plan. All of this information might be color-coded for even more efficiency and convenience.


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