SHGR is a MSN, RN, CNS and specializes in nursing education.
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Nurses have an obligation to chart objectively. When behaviors and attitudes need to be described, though, we don't always have the vocabulary on hand to chart an accurate, objective description. This article is an attempt to illustrate the difference between subjective, ambiguous charting and that which is clear and objective, as well as to give examples of appropriate vocabulary that may be used to do so.