How do I write up a ''risk for'' diagnosis for my Med-Surg class's NPR? - page 2

So two weeks back I had this patient with an exacerbation of ulcerative colitis. And for my concept map for this patient I'd made three very lovely nursing diagnoses: "Diarrhea r/t bowel... Read More

  1. by   CT Pixie
    Esme12,
    We seem to be in tune to each other, we are always posting a minute or two before or after the other. haha. Great minds think alike.
  2. by   CT Pixie
    ahh please disregard the typos, my D key isn't working all the time.
  3. by   delrepublica1776
    Hey, thanks!!! I went ahead and did a care plan on another diagnosis, since I had veritably no clue how to do the "Signs and Symptoms/DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS" section of a care plan if it were going to be a "risk for'' diagnosis.

    Is there any way I can email you the care plan that i finished writing up literally 5 minutes ago? Perhaps you could eyeball it and see if I'm on the right track
  4. by   CT Pixie
    There are NO signs and syptoms (aka AEB) for Risk for diagnosis. If there are signs and symptoms of the diagnosis then its a problem..not a risk for

    There are 'risk factors' only for "risk for....." dx
  5. by   delrepublica1776
    Aha!!! So if my nursing professor asks, "Why didn't you do that 'risk for electrolyte imbalance' nursing diagnosis for your care plan?", I can reply that if I had, the entire "DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS" portion of my rubric would have been left blank!

    And since I didn't want a 0 on that section, I chose to do an actual diagnosis instead of a 'risk for' diagnosis. Haha
  6. by   Esme12
    Quote from samianquazi
    Hey, thanks!!! I went ahead and did a care plan on another diagnosis, since I had veritably no clue how to do the "Signs and Symptoms/DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS" section of a care plan if it were going to be a "risk for'' diagnosis.

    Is there any way I can email you the care plan that i finished writing up literally 5 minutes ago? Perhaps you could eyeball it and see if I'm on the right track
    Is it an at risk diagnosis if they already have a low Calcium? and didn't your CI tell you to address this?
  7. by   delrepublica1776
    Well, the normal calcium levels are between 8.8 and 10.5, and this person's only labs were drawn at the time of admission. It was 8.6.

    Ergo, they'd be hypocalcemic.

    But I looked in the index for nursing diagnoses, and I didn't find "Hypocalcemia".

    I did find diarrhea, though, so I figured I'd just do it on that.
  8. by   morte
    thanks Esme, it has been sooo long, and i didn't want to steer he/she wrong!
    and indeed nanda doesn't have "electrolyte imbalance" on its list of acceptable nursing dx......so i was lost.
  9. by   Esme12
    It's been longer for me.....LOL. I try the best I can andyouknow as wellas I do what pleases one teacher won't please another. Crazy I am still buying these books...LOL
  10. by   morte
    Quote from Esme12
    It's been longer for me.....LOL. I try the best I can and you know as well as I do what pleases one teacher won't please another. Crazy I am still buying these books...LOL
    Don't I know it!!!!!

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