what your instructor is asking you to do is to relook and maybe rethink your assessment of the patient. to help you do this you want to read some references on schizophrenia and what the symptoms and behavior of it are. you might have missed something in doing your assessment of the patient. you see, your patients problems (nursing diagnoses) are based upon your assessment information. i think that disturbed thought processes
would probably be a very good nursing diagnosis to use. did you look at the defining characteristics of this diagnosis? does you patient have any of them? [color=#3366ff]disturbed thought processes
in doing your care plan, don't get too hung up on a nursing diagnosis. the nursing diagnosis is merely a label that gets attached to a group of symptoms. what is important is that you nail down the symptoms that the patient has
. and i think that is what your instructor was trying to tell you. those symptoms form the foundation for the nursing diagnoses you eventually choose, the goals you pick and all the nursing interventions you use.
let me drive this point home a little further. a doctor doesn't just treat "the flu". he's very interested in the symptoms. he treats the symptoms. he also treats the underlying cause if he is able.