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The Nursing Process is really the Scientific Method in disguise:
The steps of the scientific method are to:
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Do Background Research
Construct a Hypothesis
Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
Communicate Your Results
from: Steps of the Scientific MethodThe first 2 steps comprise the assessment, the hypothesis is analogous to the diagnosis; you plan the intervention, and analyze the outcomes as an experiment, and then reevaluate and document your results.
Personally, I'm wondering how any lecturer can find 400 pages to drag out a relatively simple concept.
Assessment (collect data from medical record, do a physical assessment of the patient, assess adls, look up information about your patient's medical diseases/conditions to learn about the signs and symptoms and pathophysiology)
Determination of the patient's problem(s)/nursing diagnosis (make a list of the abnormal assessment data, match your abnormal assessment data to likely nursing diagnoses, decide on the nursing diagnoses to use)
Planning (write measurable goals/outcomes and nursing interventions)
Implementation (initiate the care plan)
Evaluation (determine if goals/outcomes have been met)