At this stage, the nurse identifies the real and potential problems of the patient, which she must eliminate with her professional competence. Real problems are those problems that the patient is currently experiencing. Potential – those that do not yet exist, but may arise over time. Having established both types of problems, the nurse determines the factors contributing to or causing the development of these problems.
Implementation of the nursing diagnosis plan The purpose of the nurse at this stage is to provide appropriate patient care, training, and counseling on the necessary issues. The nurse must remember that all nursing interventions are based on: