Uses standardized diagnoses. NANDA seems to be the standard.
1. Because the work required depends on the diagnosis and one day you may be billing for it!
2. Other nurses will understand.
3. Lawyers will understand.
4. They apply, somewhat uniformly, to the nursing role!
5. Surely there are more reasons...
What will the nurse be dealing with? I'm only in my 2nd clinical semester but safety is always number one, followed by pain management. To my mind, safety has two aspects. Physical and physiological. Consider the patient's risk for self harm. With psych or nursing home patients you may have to consider risk for harm at the hand of other patients. Physiologic safety is your vital signs, focused assessments, and medication administration. Some consider pain a vital sign so it all fits together.
1. The patient may be lacking in strength because the pain has limited their mobility. Think safety here. Are they at risk for falling?
2. With neuropathy, the patient is in Pain so pain management is a major concern for the nurse.
3. There is a long list of psychosocial stuff to consider. Is the patient married? Is the neuropathy limiting consort? Are there children? Does it affect care giver role? You can write a book on every patient here :-)