Difference between Nursing Implications/Interventions/Implementation

  1. Hi! This may sound like an unintelligent question, but I'm going to go for it and ask anyways. I'm a first semester nursing student and I'm having trouble distinguising the difference between Nursing Implications, Nursing Interventions and Nursing Implementations. I'm using three different resources of drug guides and it seems that these terms are counter-exchanged as the 'action of the nurse to carryout certain tasks of the plan'. I am specifically looking for Nursing Interventions for drug cards that I'm suppose to make. Could someone please explain the difference in specifics? Thanks for your help in advance!
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  3. by   Mike R
    They really are all basically the same thing. But at the end of the day, you want to know what you'll assess for, how you'll administer the drug (route, time of day, take with food etc.) and what you'll teach the patient. These are your Nursing Interventions.
  4. by   queenjulie
    Interventions are something you actually do--an action you take. Say your patient is having trouble breathing. An intervention would be sit their bed up in high Fowler's position.

    An implication is what possible effects the problem might have. So the implications of having trouble breathing are things like low O2 saturation, confusion, poor perfusion, etc.

    I don't know what nursing implementations are--I'm halfway through school and have never heard that phrase!