powerlessness as a diagnosis

by amessier16 amessier16 (New) New

I have to write a nursing diagnosis, I'd like to use powerlessness but I'm not sure if I'm wording this correct.

Powerlessness r/t no sensation to BLE as m/b "I don't know if I'll ever be able to walk again."

I'm not sure if I can use this as a r/t? it sounds medical to me... Help please and thank you



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I would do it as "Risk for Powerlessness."

From Carpenito-Moyet:

The state in which an individual or group is at risk to perceive a lack of personal control over certain events or situations that affects outlook, goals and lifestlye.

Goals: The person will continue to make decisions regarding his/her life, health care and future.

Indicators: 1) engage in discussions of options

2) raise questions regarding choices