generally speaking, data collection efforts (such as taking vs or checking lab results) are not interventions. interventions are things that you do to, well, intervene, to change things. data collection doesn't change anything for the patient. in·ter·ven·tion
[color=#333333]noun 1.[color=#333333]the [color=#333333]act or [color=#333333]fact [color=#333333]of intervening
2.[color=#333333]interposition [color=#333333]or [color=#333333]interference of one state in the affairs of another.
in nursing, a nursing intervention is something a nurse does to change a state of things-- maybe by making for more comfort, safety, attitude, knowledge, etc. do you have a nanda book that gives you nursing diagnoses? you should anyway, but you can also use it for this. for example, i reach up above my desk and open mine to a random page and up pops: "disturbed sleep pattern: domain 4, activity/rest; class 1, sleep/rest. definition: time-limited interruptions of sleep amount and quality due to external factors.
"defining characteristics: change in normal sleep patterns, verbal complaints of not feeling well-rested, dissatisfaction with sleep, decreased ability to function, reports being awakened, reports no difficulty falling asleep
"related factors: ambient temperature, humidity; caregiving responsibilities; change in darkness/daylight exposure; interruptions (e.g., for therapeutics, monitoring, lab tests); lack of sleep privacy/control; lighting; noise; noxious odors; physical restraint; sleep partner; unfamiliar sleep surroundings."
so, looking at all the things that cause the disturbed sleep, in this example, what things could the nurse do, or cause to be done, to make things better? those are your interventions. now go and find out what is going on c your patient and find out why, and you will have your answers.
Last edit by GrnTea on Nov 6, '11