Problem Prioritization and Nursing Diagnosis Selection
The first problem to be prioritized for the 55-year-old female patient with cervical cancer is pain. Pain is a common symptom of advanced stages of cancer, and it should be treated as soon as possible because it can cause stress and further impede the patient’s functioning levels (Mulkerin & Howland, 2017). The appropriate NANDA-I nursing diagnosis for this problem would be Acute Pain related to tissue injury secondary to malignant neoplasm per the American Nurses Association’s primary care guidelines (2020). This nursing diagnosis is justified by evidence that pain caused by advanced stage cancer can interfere with activities of daily living and lead to impaired physical functioning in patients (Cavanaugh et al., 2018).
The second problem that needs to be prioritized is knowledge deficit regarding treatment options. Treatment options are important when making decisions about one’s healthcare. It is essential that this patient has all the information she needs in order to make informed decisions about her care. The appropriate NANDA-I nursing diagnosis for this would be Readiness for Enhanced Knowledge related to cervical cancer treatments per ANA Primary Care guidelines (2020). This nursing diagnosis is based on evidence demonstrating that having thorough understanding of treatment options leads to better outcomes by allowing patients greater control over their own healthcare choices (Hantzopoulos et al., 2020).