ABSTRACT: Twenty-two registered nurses employed in four long-term care facilities generated data for a study about nursing diagnoses in long-term care (N = 360). Generic outcome objectives were developed as an integral part of the project. The research team also specified exceptions to the outcomes: instances where meeting outcome objectives might not be possible. The outcome objectives and exceptions for the sample's 20 most frequently occurring nursing diagnoses are presented as working statements. The authors expect that these outcome objectives and exceptions will be revised by nurses who use them in practice, basic and continuing education, and research.
The Journal of the New York State Nurses' Association 10/1997; 28(3):4-7.