Help with physiological and psychosocial nursing diagnosis

  1. Hi,

    I'm having a problem distinguishing between psychosocial and physiological nursing diagnosis'. Is Knowledge Deficit 1st time mother and not knowing how to perform personal cares a psychosocial or physiological nursing diagnosis? And I'm also looking for a list to separate the two.

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  3. by   Daytonite
    I have only seen three listings that classify the nursing diagnoses. (1) the list by NANDA classifying the diagnoses into Diagnostic Divisions. Knowledge Deficit is classified under the Teaching/Learning Diagnostic Division. (2) classification by Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Knowledge Deficit is classified under Safety and Security Needs. (3) classification by Gordon's Functional Health Patterns. Knowledge Deficit is classified under the Health Perception/Health Management Health Pattern.

    Where do I find these lists, you ask? The NANDA list is in a book of care plans by Doenges, Moorhouse and Murr in the beginning chapters. The Maslow and Gordon's listings are in Appendix A and Appendix B of Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A Guide to Planning Care, 7th Edition, by Betty J. Ackley and Gail B. Ladwig.

    I have not seen a listing that classifies the nursing diagnoses as psychosocial. Are you sure this isn't something your nursing instructors might have given you at some time very early in your nursing lectures on the nursing process and care planning?
  4. by   Joni's Mom
    Thanks for your reply,

    Our instructors want a care plan for both a physiological and a psychosocial nursing diagnosis. I know that coping, anxiety, and fear are all psychosocial but I just wanted to know all of the psychosocial diagnosis' out there. I can only find the information that your found, and I also have the "Ackley, Cox, Halloway" nursing diagnosis books.
    Good question on did our instructors give us a list, the answer is NO. They gave us the same list as you described with the divisions.

    This whole entire nursing program is about teaching ourselves.

    My problem is that I need a psychosocial nursing diagnosis on a 1st time mother that is happy, and content and I'm having a hard time coming up with a psychosocial nursing diagnosis.

  5. by   amos
    I think a really good Care plan book is the All in One by Swearingen. It has just about got everything in it.