I thought I read somewhere that you should prioritize your nursing diagnoses on a care according to how serious it was (life threat or not). Then after you list the actual problems you do the "risk for" diagnosis. So I'm doing a care plan on a patient who had bilateral total knee replacement. My 3 diagnoses are acute pain, risk for infection and anxiety. I have them listed in that order. Should I switch them so it's acute pain, anxiety, and then risk for infection?