Nutrition is one of the most important factors in a patient’s recovery from an illness or disease. As a nurse, you are responsible for ensuring that your patients receive adequate nutrition and hydration, which can be difficult if certain conditions exist. In this post, we will discuss how specific nursing diagnoses relate to imbalanced nutrition decisions.
Nursing Diagnosis For Imbalanced Nutrition
The purpose of this course is to provide you with the knowledge necessary to apply nursing diagnoses.
As you progress through this course, there are some important points that will help you understand what is being taught:
- Nursing Diagnoses: Nursing Diagnosis for Imbalanced Nutrition is a general category used by nurses, physicians and other health professionals when providing care. This category was created so that medical professionals could better communicate with each other regarding the specific needs of their patients.
2 Imbalanced Nutrition – Less than Body Requirements Related To Nausea and vomiting as evidenced by decreased appetite; refusing to eat; decreased energy.
Imbalanced Nutrition – Less than Body Requirements Related To Nausea and vomiting as evidenced by decreased appetite; refusing to eat; decreased energy.
Nursing Diagnosis: Imbalanced Nutrition – Less than Body Requirements Related To Nausea and vomiting as evidenced by decreased appetite; refusing to eat; decreased energy. Nursing Interventions: Assess patient’s nutritional status and dietary patterns, including any changes in quality or quantity of food intake related to nausea/vomiting. Monitor nutrition-related interventions (e.g., nasogastric tube feedings). Evaluate effectiveness of interventions on nutritional status improvement through physical examination findings (e.g., weight loss), laboratory values (e.g., albumin), and patient reporting of symptoms such as fatigue or weakness accompanied by poor oral intake. Nursing Outcomes: Patient will maintain appropriate body weight for age/height using best practice intervention strategies based on assessment findings
3 Imbalanced Nutrition – Less than Body Requirements Related To Ineffective coping as evidenced by increased agitation, crying.
- Ineffective coping as evidenced by increased agitation, crying.
- Imbalanced Nutrition – Less than Body Requirements Related to Ineffective coping as evidenced by increased agitation, crying.
4 Imbalanced Nutrition – Less than Body Requirements Related To Sense of loneliness as evidenced by refusal to leave the room or bed.
- Imbalanced Nutrition: Less than body requirements related to the lack of social interaction, as evidenced by the patient’s refusal to leave their room or bed.
- Imbalanced Nutrition: Less than body requirements related to the lack of communication, as evidenced by avoidance of eye contact and monosyllabic speech.
- Imbalanced Nutrition: Less than body requirements related to a sense of loneliness as evidenced by refusal to leave the room or bed. In addition, this may be due to lack of interest in food and/or drink at meals and during snack time, which may be secondary to dysphagia from an injury or surgery involving one or more areas including esophagus (esophageal stenosis), pharynx (pharyngitis), larynx (laryngitis) due to infection by bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes or viruses such as influenza A virus; measles virus; parainfluenza virus type 1-3; mumpsvirus 2-3; respiratory syncytial virus 3-4)
5 Imbalanced Nutrition – Less than Body Requirements Related To Decreased sense of personal control as evidenced by patient’s inability to make decisions; conformance to hospital routines and policies.
The patient is in a hospital and is not able to make their own decisions. The patient’s ability to make their own choices has been compromised by being in a hospital environment where they are unable to eat what they want, when they want; instead, they must follow hospital routines and policies.
6 Imbalanced Nutrition – Less than Body Requirements Related To Inadequate dietary intake as evidenced by loss of weight and muscle bulk.
Inadequate dietary intake as evidenced by a loss of weight and muscle bulk.
The patient’s diet should be adequate to meet body requirements. A loss of weight and muscle bulk indicates inadequate dietary intake, which may be due to loss of appetite or nausea and vomiting.
7 Imbalanced Nutrition – More Than Body Requirements Related To Decreased physical activity as evidenced by diminished daily exercise; decrease in work activity.
Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity can improve your health and well-being, even if you are overweight or have a chronic condition. A formal exercise program that involves moderate to vigorous physical activity for 30 minutes at least 5 days per week is recommended for all adults.
Some examples of physical activity include: walking, dancing, gardening and other yard work, cycling (stationary or outside), swimming laps in the pool or ocean, skating/hockey/curling on indoor or outdoor rinks; playing golf (without a cart), tennis singles play – no doubles; playing basketball as a team sport – no pick up games; participating in group fitness classes such as Zumba® or spinning classes; playing Frisbee with friends while walking down the beach path instead of sitting on the sand watching them play throw-and-catch games which require little effort but still give you an opportunity to socialize with others while doing something active outdoors!
8 Imbalanced Nutrition – More Than Body Requirements Related To Unregulated intake as evidenced by family report of uncontrolled snacking behaviors in between meals; increased sedentary lifestyle.
- Snacking behavior in between meals.
- Increased sedentary lifestyle.
- Family report of uncontrolled snacking behaviors in between meals.
- Increased demands at work and/or home:
- job promotion;
- death of a family member;
- new baby on the way;
Please see attached documentation for more information regarding this diagnosis.
9 Imbalanced Nutrition – More Than Body Requirements Related To Increased stressors as evidenced by increased demands at work and/or home, increase in expenses.
Stress may cause people to eat more or less than their body needs. Stress can also cause people to eat unhealthy foods, such as sweets, chips and other junk food. In addition, stress can lead people to eat in response to emotions like sadness or anger.
While stress is a normal part of life, too much stress can make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. Your body reacts by producing a hormone called cortisol that helps you cope with the situation at hand—but if the stressful situation lasts for long periods of time and isn’t resolved, it can lead to health problems like high blood pressure or heart disease
10 A nurse needs to consider a variety of factors that could affect nutrition decision making
- The nurse must consider a variety of factors that could affect nutrition decision making, including the patient’s history and culture, age and gender, health status, dietary preferences (including cultural food preferences), ability to eat or drink safely and comfortably, ability to swallow, intestinal function (e.g., motility), bowel sounds and general gastrointestinal status: How well is the digestive process functioning? Can you see any other problems with absorption or digestion? Do they have any allergies or sensitivities?
- In addition to assessing these factors in your patients’ past experiences with food intake, you should also consider their current physical abilities for eating and drinking; this may be affected by certain medical conditions such as neurological disorders that affect swallowing abilities as well as other impairments such as limited range of motion at joints due to arthritis pain after joint replacement surgery.”
In conclusion, it is important for a nurse to understand the implications of imbalanced nutrition and how it can affect a patient’s overall health and well-being. This knowledge will help them make better decisions about treatment options and interventions that may be needed.