Difference Between Nursing Diagnosis, Medical Diagnosis and Collaborative Problems

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Nursing Diagnosis
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A statement about the client’s actual or potential health concerns that can be managed through independent nursing interventions. (Concerned with the person and how the disease affects his/her functioning.) Ex: (PES, Problem/diagnostic label, Etiology/cause, Signs/symptoms) “Airway clearance is ineffective (P) related to excessive mucus production (E) as manifested by shortness of breath on exertion (S).”
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Medical Diagnosis
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Identifies the disease a person has or is believed to have. (Concerned with the actual disease process)
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Collaborative Problem
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Working together with a physician or other healthcare provider. (If a problem needs medication to resolve, the nurse cannot give/prescribe any meds so collaboration is needed.)

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