if you have a care plan book please read the beginning chapter(s). the nursing process is almost always fully explained in the beginning of these books. in nanda terminology goals are often used synonymously with the word "outcomes". an easier way to explain goals is that they are often the opposite or the normal state of your patient's nursing diagnosis. for a nursing diagnosis of pain, the ultimate goal would be the opposite of pain--or for the patient to be totally pain free. however, we know that with pancreatitis that may not be totally possible, so we have to make some compromises and look at ways the patient might be able to successfully learn to cope
with the pain. i linked you into a couple of care plan constructor sites that specifically address the nursing diagnosis of pain.
- acute pain guideline for this nursing diagnosis from the gulanick care plan constructor. the three areas listed to focus on outcomes (goals) are comfort level, medication response and pain control.
- chronic pain guideline for this nursing diagnosis from the gulanick care plan constructor. the three areas listed to focus on outcomes (goals) are pain control, quality of life and family coping.
- chronic pain guideline for this nursing diagnosis from the ackley care plan constructor. actually lists 5 client outcome statements you can look at.
i have a couple questions about your post. first of all, is this a new onset of pancreatitis for this patient? or, has this happened to the patient before? is there alcohol abuse involved? if so, and the patient doesn't resolve the problem causing the pancreatitis, then this pancreatic pain is going to become chronic pain that (s)he is going to have to learn to live with. part of your assessment of this patient should have been to determine what successful measures the patient has done to relieve the pain, if any. on the flip side of that, what has the patient done that contributes to the pain that (s)he may not be aware of. i am suggesting that there might be a learning component that can become a goal for the patient. part of forumulating your goals will be for you to learn about pain and it's treatment. i saw that siri gave you a nice link to pain management on the city of hope website in the other thread you posted for help. i hope you read through that document.