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Maegan Wagner, BSN, RN, CCM

Postpartum: Nursing Diagnoses & Care Plans

The postpartum period begins after the delivery of the infant and generally ends 6-8 weeks later, though can extend in certain cases. The mother’s body continues to go through changes as it returns to a prepregnancy baseline. Recovery depends on the delivery process and any complications endured. Psychological and emotional changes are expected as the … Read more

Colostomy & Ileostomy: Nursing Diagnoses & Care Plans

Colostomy and ileostomy are surgical procedures that create an opening from the intestines through the abdominal wall, known as a stoma. One difference is the part of the bowel that is used. A colostomy uses part of the colon while an ileostomy uses part of the ileum.   Both procedures can be temporary or permanent depending … Read more

Hyperlipidemia: Nursing Diagnoses, Care Plans, Assessment & Interventions

Hyperlipidemia is the medical term for elevated lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) in the blood. Cholesterol causes plaque formation in the arteries reducing blood flow and oxygen throughout the body. Plaque buildup and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) can cause chest pain, heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and peripheral vascular disease. Lipid Panel A total lipid … Read more

Cellulitis Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Cellulitis is a bacterial subcutaneous skin infection. It appears as a reddened, swollen area of the skin and is usually easily diagnosable through inspection. Cellulitis can occur from a simple break in the skin allowing bacteria to enter.   Common causes include:   Patients are also more at risk for cellulitis when they are overweight, have … Read more

Pressure Ulcers Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Pressure ulcers, also known as decubitus ulcers, pressure injuries, or bedsores are a type of skin breakdown that occurs due to constant pressure causing a lack of blood flow and oxygen which leads to poor tissue perfusion and tissue death.  Patients most at risk for developing pressure ulcers are older, bedridden, immobile, and those who … Read more

Cystic Fibrosis Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a rare, genetic, and progressive disease that damages the lungs, digestive system, and causes further complications to other organs. Cystic fibrosis is normally diagnosed as a newborn. There is no cure for CF and patients usually do not live past their 50s.  Mutations to the CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator) … Read more

Psychosocial Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Psychosocial diagnoses refer to the psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of nursing care. Interruptions in relationships, grieving, coping, and parenting can complicate physical illnesses, as well as vice versa. Psychosocial nursing diagnoses are just as important for the nurse to recognize as other diagnoses as alterations in these areas can potentially lengthen illnesses and … Read more