Establishing a Goal with Desired Outcomes HOW TO DEVELOP A GOAL OF CARE

Establishing a Goal with Desired Outcomes
HOW TO DEVELOP A GOAL OF CARE
A desired goal / outcomes serve the following purposes:
• Provide direction for planning nursing interventions
• Serve as a criteria for evaluating a person’s progress
• Provide a point of motivation
Goals can be for either short term or long term and need to be directly related to the nursing diagnosis.
They also should specify both an action and timeframe,
Goals and desired outcomes should be specific, measurable and written in terms of the person’s
responses/behaviour (not the nurses). They also need to be realistic for the person.
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Developing Interventions
HOW TO DETERMINE A COURE OF ACTION TO MEET THE SET GOAL
Interventions refer to the ‘take action’ phase of the CRC and may include a combination of cognitive
(thinking), interpersonal (communicating verbally and non-verbally) and technical (hands on) skills
Interventions need to be:
• linked to nursing diagnosis and goal/desired outcomes
• based on evidence (and align with policy and/or legislation)

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