you will be taking "chronic" what?
ms. carpenito's books are excellent. she is an expert on nursing diagnosis. she has been a member of nanda and involved in the evolution of nursing diagnoses for well over 25 years. no one knows more about them than she does with the exception of, perhaps, marjorie gordon (as in gordon's 11 functional health needs). i recommend that before you start your next semester that you hunker down and read the information in the beginning section of ms. carpenito's book.
a nursing diagnosis
book that many students like is nursing diagnosis handbook: a guide to planning care
by betty j. ackley and gail b. ladwig. it costs around $39.95. i personally prefer to use
nanda-i nursing diagnoses: definitions & classification 2007-2008 which is
published by nanda international. cost is $24.95 and it can only be obtained directly from nanda: http://www.nanda.org/html/nursing_diagnosis.html
. it has no nursing interventions or outcome information in it. it is only the taxonomy information.
i strongly recommend that you learn how to use the nursing process to guide your care plan writing rather than rely totally on a care plan book for guidance in what nursing diagnoses and interventions to use. learning how to hone your critical thinking skills by using the nursing process will pay off big time not only in care plan writing, but on tests and when it comes time to take the nclex.