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actual nursing diagnoses

problems validated by the presence of major defining characteristics and possessing four components: label, definition, defining characteristics, and related factor.

collaborative problem

actual or potential health problems that may occur from complications of disease, diagnostic studies or the treatment regimen, the nurse works together with other member of the healthcare team toward its resolution.


significant information that is helpful in making decisions.

data cluster

grouping of patient data or cues that points to the existence of a patient health problem.


analysis of patient data to identify patient strength and health problems that independent nursing intervention can prevent or resolve.

diagnostic error

failure to detect an actual unhealthy behavior.

health problem

condition related to health requiring intervention if disease or illness is to be prevented or resolved and coping and wellness are to be promoted.

medical diagnoses

statement about a specific disease process using terminology from a well developed classification system accepted by the medical profession.

nursing diagnoses

actual or potential health problem that an independent nursing intervention can prevent or resolve.

possible nursing diagnoses

statements describing a suspected problem for which additional data are needed to confirm or rule out the suspected problem.

risk nursing diagnoses

clinical judgments that an individual, family, or community is more vulnerable to develop the problem than others in the same or similar situation.


acceptable, expected level of performance established by authority, custom or consent.

syndrome nursing diagnoses

cluster of actual or risk nursing diagnoses that are predicted to be present because of a certain event or situation.

wellness diagnoses

clinical judgment about an individual, family, or community in transition from a specific level of wellness to a higher level of wellness.

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