Nursing interventions for anemia include assessing how well the patient performs regular tasks, recommending rest and quiet, providing assistance for activities as necessary, elevating head of bed as much as the patient tolerates, planning activity progression and helping patients to conserve energy. Nurses also perform laboratory tests the doctor orders, such as red blood cell count, arterial blood gases, hemoglobin and hematocrit.
Anemia is a condition where a patient has a below normal level of red blood cells. This can cause symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, weakness and shortness of breath. Nursing interventions serve to help the patient to return to optimal function and to help the doctor evaluate the patient's red blood cell levels.