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Justify this nursing diagnosis

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Specializes in ICU / Urgent Care. Has 4 years experience.

"Disturbed Energy Field"

Let's hear it.

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

Mkay.

Homework? Do you have a nursing diagnosis manual?

malenurse69, MSN, NP

Specializes in ICU / Urgent Care. Has 4 years experience.

Mkay.

Homework?

Nope.

anh06005, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care. Has 6 years experience.

I'm sure my alternative therapies professor could defend it.

There are some patients it will pertain to depending on their belief system I think. I'm not saying I could come up with the evidence to include in the diagnosis but I can see where it could be used at least.

There's plenty of nursing diagnoses I didn't see a point in. Just like there's plenty of ICD codes that are a "once in a lifetime if ever" type thing.

There are alternate therapies that some facilities will bill for, and in order to bill for them they need to have a nursing diagnosis for same.

This is a therapy that "opens the flow to one's center", some call it "energy work" In any event, it can be an alternate therapy for pain, for anxiety...

Regardless, it can and does become part of treatment with those who are chronically ill with any number of illness', including pain control, migranes, that sort of thing.

Much like yoga--which for any number of people, this can also be part of a therapeutic treatment plan.

Whatever works...

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

Sarcasm and humor at work. "I am so tired today-must be a disturbed energy field. I volunteer to get sent home if the census drops. Just sayin'." or "The Doe family just depleted my energy field; can you assign him to someone else tomorrow?"

calivianya, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

Did you really see that diagnosis used somewhere? I could see it referring to a case of V-tach or seizures - but in any other circumstance, I might just laugh.

Disturbed energy is what happens when nurses who are Reiki practioners contribute to NANDA.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 10 years experience.

Disturbed energy is what happens when nurses who are Reiki practioners contribute to NANDA.

It struck me as a Reiki thing too.

It struck me as a Reiki thing too.

The NANDA diagnosis apparently is based on the energy therapies such as therapeutic touch, healing touch, reiki.

It struck me as a Reiki thing too.

It's not. The "disturbed energy field" NANDA dx was specifically create to accommodate "Therapeutic Touch," a treatment modality developed by Dolores Krieger in the 1970s concerned with manipulating energy fields. She is a nurse and had friends in the NANDA group when the NANDA taxonomy was being developed. Although, now that the dx exists, it could certainly be used in conjunction with other types of energy work.

Please note that I am only posting to provide background info, not to defend the diagnosis, or Therapeutic Touch as a treatment modality. I'm not a fan.

@elkpark thanks for clarifying, I am not a fan either, though I could become one, if ever in the future, energy practitioners are given medical tricoders and all they have to do is scan patients energy levels and zap them once or twice, I'm in.

Also, I'm not sure whether it counts as "justifying" the diagnosis, but I will point out that the breadth of the NANDA taxonomy, including some diagnoses that might seem silly or far-fetched to some, is the result of an intentional and thoughtful effort to have a diagnostic system that accommodates the fullest possible scope and range of nursing practice (including parts of nursing practice that some of us, individually, might not approve of or respect) and even anticipates the possible future expansion of that scope and range.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

I sense a disturbance in the Force.....

MunoRN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 10 years experience.

You'll be relieved to know that "disturbed energy field" is being removed from 2015 NANDA version, although I don't think that really relieves the collective embarrassment that should come from this being an approved nursing diagnosis for the last 20 years. NANDA's explanation for how it became a ND in the first place was that it happened before NANDA decided to limit approved nursing diagnoses to those which aren't clearly contradicted by a wealth of evidence, which I don't think is as reassuring as they think it is.

HikingEDRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Department; Neonatal ICU. Has 5 years experience.

You'll be relieved to know that "disturbed energy field" is being removed from 2015 NANDA version, although I don't think that really relieves the collective embarrassment that should come from this being an approved nursing diagnosis for the last 20 years. NANDA's explanation for how it became a ND in the first place was that it happened before NANDA decided to limit approved nursing diagnoses to those which aren't clearly contradicted by a wealth of evidence, which I don't think is as reassuring as they think it is.

Happy to hear this. At the risk of offending alternative practitioners (and I truly don't mean to offend), that nursing dx is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I was actually hoping the OP was kidding.