I should mention that, in general, everything about a care plan must flow and be connected from the assessment data, to the nursing diagnosis, interventions, goals and outcomes. Goals and outcomes are supposed to be the predicted results of what you expect are going to happen as a result of the interactions that are going to be taken for the problem (nursing diagnosis) the patient has. Now, in my study of nursing care plans
and nursing process, I find that there is a difference between "goals" and "outcomes", but I'm not going to distinguish between the two here because the OP isn't asking that. However, for this particular OP, the question is one of long term and short term goals. In my response to her post on the Nursing Student Assistant Forum I gave several suggestions for goals that could be used. However, any goals used should be directly traceable to nursing interventions in the care plan. Your instructor should be able to go to the nursing interventions asking, "How are you going to achieve that particular goal?" The way will be right there among the nursing interventions listed under that particular nursing diagnosis. The care plan is a nice flowing path of how you've planned
for things to go. Now, whether or not they actually turn out that way is quite another question and has to do with the evaluation, the last step of the nursing process.