Applying Standardized Terminologies : Caring For The Breast Cancer Patient

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Applying Standardized Terminologies: Caring for the Breast Cancer Patient Throughout this paper the identification and application of standardized terminologies such as: The North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) to identify the applicable diagnosis; Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) to construct a care-plan with diagnosis specific interventions; and the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) to evaluate the outcomes. This will be applied to a clinical patient scenario of newly diagnosed breast cancer; and present the conjunction of how standardized terminologies support the recognition of pertinent patient data becoming the information applied to care; erected from scientific, research and practice based knowledge…show more content…
After a full examination, recommendation and completion of a mammogram; a small mass was identified in the right breast. A tissue sample was extracted and sent for identification; resulting in a positive identification of a malignant tumor (i.e. breast cancer).

NANDA: Distinguishing the Diagnosis Women may experience a range of emotions with the diagnosis as well as throughout the treatment as a result of breast cancer, such as: sadness, anger, fear and guilt. Therefore, it is essential to closely monitor the client for their psychosocial adjustment to the diagnosis and treatment, and identifying those that need further psychological interventions (Boehmke & Dickerson, 2006). This includes being aware of the impact the diagnosis will have on the family members and loved ones; as their support is warranted as possible caregivers during the process. Appropriate nursing diagnoses for a woman with a new verdict of breast cancer may include (but not limited to): disturbed body image related to loss of hair due to chemotherapy; fear related to the diagnosis and prognosis of the disease; and knowledge deficit of cancer treatment options and reconstructive surgery. Other diagnosis will be added and removed as the patient decides if she wants treatment; and the psychological, psychosocial, and physical changes that may affect her quality of life. For instance, after a mastectomy the patient may have a nursing diagnosis of: risk for disturbed body
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