Pharmacology

  1. How would you write a nursing diagnosis statement specific to drug therapy prescribed for patients with sleep disorder? I have this question in the critical thinking and I am not quiet sure I have it down yet. This is just one of a few!!!
    Thanks,
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  3. by   11:11
    As you probably noticed by the number of responses this is a popular subject.

    There are several things to take in to consideration. Is the pt an adult of child? Is it situational or? You say disorder but that would be a medical Dx if I am correct.

    Is this an environmental or true physical disorder?

    In a nursing dx you might try several actions as well as "administer rx as ordered per MD". You will need a tool to measure the effectiveness of your actions.

    I take it you have a nursing diagnosis book? My book states that Sleep Pattern disturbance should be differentiated from sleep disorders which are chronic conditions usually not tx be a nurse generalist.
  4. by   Farkinott
    Quote from stephera
    How would you write a nursing diagnosis statement specific to drug therapy prescribed for patients with sleep disorder? I have this question in the critical thinking and I am not quiet sure I have it down yet. This is just one of a few!!!
    Thanks,
    Without seeming like a real prick..........................it seems to me that if your client can't sleep (for whatever reason) and they are prescribed drugs to help them achieve this then a so called nursing diagnosis is a waste of time and effort!
    ie; Nursing diagnosis:- Dysleepia related to busy ward and close proximity to farting, snoring, coughing, dying patients necessitating prescribed benzodiazepenes, hypnotics or
    anything new that will help.
    Nursing Plan:- administration of said medicatiojn until fit to return home.
    Outcome:- Tranquil drug free sleep in the comfort of one's own bed.

    I am not taking the piss out of you!, but merely highlighting the uslelesness of so called nursing diagnoses in general. In short, why do we need a medical and a nursing diagnosis to justify what we do?!
    Pax.
  5. by   nicolel1182
    Quote from Farkinott
    Without seeming like a real prick..........................it seems to me that if your client can't sleep (for whatever reason) and they are prescribed drugs to help them achieve this then a so called nursing diagnosis is a waste of time and effort!
    ie; Nursing diagnosis:- Dysleepia related to busy ward and close proximity to farting, snoring, coughing, dying patients necessitating prescribed benzodiazepenes, hypnotics or
    anything new that will help.
    Nursing Plan:- administration of said medicatiojn until fit to return home.
    Outcome:- Tranquil drug free sleep in the comfort of one's own bed.

    I am not taking the piss out of you!, but merely highlighting the uslelesness of so called nursing diagnoses in general. In short, why do we need a medical and a nursing diagnosis to justify what we do?!
    Pax.
    im sure this girl is in school and thats her assignment for class...

    sorry i dont have any answers for you...that question is just too vague
  6. by   stephera
    Actually it is not an assignment! I do not have to do the critical thinking or workbook. I just didn't quite understand it and need to see an example!! It just explains in the book " how to do it".
    Quote from nicolel1182
    im sure this girl is in school and thats her assignment for class...

    sorry i dont have any answers for you...that question is just too vague

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