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Maegan Wagner, BSN, RN, CCM

Pneumonia Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by a bacteria or virus. In healthy individuals, pneumonia is not usually life-threatening and does not require hospitalization. Those at higher risk, such as the very young or old, patients with compromised immune systems, or who already have a respiratory comorbidity, may require inpatient care and treatment.  … Read more

Hypertension Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Hypertension is high blood pressure. The guidelines were updated by the American College of Cardiology in 2017, and a blood pressure of less than 120/80 mmHg is now considered normal. Anything above this is considered elevated, and stage 1 hypertension is diagnosed at 130/80 mmHg.  Hypertension is the most common preventable risk factor for cardiovascular … Read more

Heart Failure (CHF) Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Heart failure (HF), sometimes referred to as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), occurs when the heart can’t supply blood effectively to the rest of the body. The left ventricle of the heart is larger and is responsible for most of the pumping action. In left-sided HF, the left ventricle either loses its contractility so it isn’t … Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Nursing Diagnosis & Care plan

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a decline in mental cognition that interferes with daily life. Patients with dementia experience a loss of memory, decision-making skills, and even personality traits. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. It is important to note that dementia is not a normal or expected part of aging. … Read more

Risk For Unstable Blood Glucose Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Unstable blood glucose refers to a deviation from normal blood glucose levels that results in either hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia. Unstable blood glucose does not necessarily mean the patient is diabetic. For example, in temporary situations such as dehydration or pregnancy, when the source is resolved, blood sugar levels may return to normal. That being said, … Read more

Risk For Aspiration Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Aspiration occurs when food, secretions, fluids, or other substances enter the airways or lungs. When you swallow, the epiglottis should close over the trachea which prevents food or fluids from entering the trachea (often called the windpipe). If this mechanism fails, unintended substances can end up in the lungs which can cause complications such as … Read more

Ineffective Airway Clearance Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Ineffective airway clearance is the inability to clear secretions or obstructions from the respiratory tract. This can be detrimental to breathing and create complications. Secretions can be problematic as a result of a condition such as cystic fibrosis or related to an inability to clear secretions such as with a stroke deficit or the presence … Read more

Impaired Verbal Communication Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Impaired verbal communication describes an inability to receive, relay, or process language. The reasons for this can range broadly from a language barrier to a physical barrier impeding speech. Conditions such as autism can cause developmental speech delays while a stroke can lead to a wide array of speech deficits. Some impairments can be overcome … Read more

Hopelessness Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Hopelessness occurs when a patient sees no alternative to their situation and is unable to energize themselves to overcome obstacles. Hopelessness is often seen in healthcare as patients suffer from chronic diseases or traumatic accidents that prevent them from living life to their full ability. When patients cannot perform ADLs, maintain a career, or parent … Read more

Noncompliance (Ineffective Adherence) Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Noncompliance occurs when a patient (family, caregiver, guardian) fails to adhere to a healthcare provider’s recommendations or prescribed treatment plan. This can include medications, procedures, follow-up appointments, and lifestyle modifications. It is important to note that noncompliance has a negative connotation as it refers more to a provider deciding on a suitable treatment with the … Read more