What Is a Psychosocial Nursing Diagnosis?

A nursing diagnosis is a professional judgment rendered by a nurse in order to determine nursing interventions to achieve outcomes, NANDA International explains. A psychosocial nursing diagnosis is specifically related to the psychological and social experiences of individuals and families related to life processes.

NANDA International maintains an organized set of diagnoses, including a psychosocial nursing diagnosis, which allows nurses to efficiently understand the elements related to patient needs. Common terminology outlined in this list of diagnoses provides a foundation of uniformity among medical professionals. Standardized diagnoses allow nurses to use interventions that hopefully translate into predictable outcomes. A uniform list of nursing diagnoses also facilitates reimbursement of medical payments.

A nursing diagnosis is only one part of the nursing process used to treat patients. The American Nurses Association lists the elements of assessment, outcomes/planning, implementation and evaluation as additional pieces of the process. The diagnosis forms the basis for a care plan, which includes assessment data, diagnosis and goals.

NursingTimes outline several psychosocial interventions that can be utilized for a psychosocial nursing diagnosis. These include interviewing family member’s assessments of a patient’s needs, psychological management and medication management. These interventions may be included in a patient’s care plan so that nurses and other health professionals caring for the patient have access to it.