Help with long term goal Evaluation

  1. In a careplan, when you set a long term goal for example "In a month, pt will not show signs of malnutrition which includes... ..." OR "In 10 days (which is the end of antibiotic regimen) patient will..." What am I supposed to put in the Evaluation when I was only there till the end of the shift?

    Thank You.
    Last edit by applered on Feb 28, '14
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  3. by   NightNurseRN13
    The nursing process is an ongoing process. You don't always evaluate just at the end of your time frame that you set. Did you notice any changes made that shows progress towards meeting that goal? That's what my instructors were looking for.

    "In 10 days (which is the end of antibiotic regimen) patient will..." Did the patient take their medication that day? Did they refuse it? etc.
  4. by   nurseprnRN
    Because a nursing plan of care begins with the assessment of the admitting nurse, but carries through until the end of nursing care.

    To use your first example, you have someone with a nursing diagnosis of "Imbalanced nutrition: less than body requirements." You probably made this diagnosis because your assessment, including your history-taking, disclosed a problem with eating enough or excessive caloric losses, and a history of unhealthy weight loss. What do you think some of his good long-term goals might be here? Perhaps that in 30 days his lab studies will reflect adequate protein balance (which ones would those be?), he has a better appetite and/or has ceased or decreased behaviors that burn up too many calories, and he has gained weight? You put those as reevaluation data to be measured after X time. You're not being asked to have a crystal ball, only to plan and guide someone else to do the reevaluation in X time.

    How about that? Couldn't you do that on the first day you lay eyes on him, and know that they are probably correct even if you never see him again?

    Of course subsequent nursing assessment may refine or even replace your nursing dx. That's OK. But it's a reasonable start, and you are empowered to make those decisions.

    (PS: "malnutrition" is a medical, not nursing, diagnosis. Doesn't appear in NANDA-I 2012-2014. Think about why that is.).