I'm a bit confused. I've been reading a couple threads and they seem to say that the goal has to specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely, however these, I've been led to believe, are related to the expected outcomes
For example, my assessment asks for a nursing diagnosis, the primary nursing goal, 3 expected outcomes and nursing interventions. It's been a while since I wrote a care plan and I can't remember what a nursing goal involves. The outcomes are given in my Ackley & Ladwig nursing diagnosis book, but not a 'goal' as such.