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Nursing Care Plan Anxiety

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Nursing Care Plan Anxiety Definition :A subjective unpleasant, wavelike sensation in the back of the throat,epigastrium, or abdomen that may lead to the urge or need to vomit,Nursing Care Plan.

Defining Characteristics

  • Gagging sensation
  • Gastric stasis
  • Increased salivation, swallowing
  • Sour taste in the mouth
  • Uninterested in eating; does not have appetite
  • Reports “nausea” or “sick to the stomach”

Related Factors

Biophysica & Situational

  • Biochemical disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Esophageal disease
  • Fear
  • Gastric distention, irritation
  • Noxious odors, taste, visual
  • Increased intracranial pressure


  • Motion sickness
  • Pain
  • Physiological factors
  • Pancreatic disease


  • Tumors, intra-abdominal or
  • Gastric distention, irritation

Localized Tumors

  • Pharmaceuticals


  • Nutrition
  • Knowledge
  • Fluid and electrolytes
  • Comfort
  • Pharmacological function

Expected Outcomes The Patient Will

  • State reasons for nausea and vomiting.
  • Take steps to manage episodes of nausea and vomiting.
  • Ingest sufficient nutrients to maintain health.
  • Take steps to ensure adequate nutrition when nausea abates.
  • Maintain weight within specified limits.

Suggested Noc Outcomes

Appetite; Comfort Level; Fluid Balance; Hydration; Nausea & Vom-iting Control; Nutritional Status: Food & Fluid Intake; Suffering Severity; Symptom Control

Interventions And Rationales

Determine:  Assess for illness, pregnancy, medication use (prescription and over-the-counter); exposure to tainted foods, chemicals, occupational hazards; weight (fluctuation in last 6 months); food preferences and usual dietary patterns; history of gastric/esophageal problems. Assessment infor-mation will help in identifying appropriate interventions.233 Monitor direct observation of food and fluid intake to ensure whether or not the patient is receiving adequate nutritional intake.Perform:  Provide comfort measures (e.g., back massage, warm bath) to promote feelings of comfort for the patient.Reduce noise, control odors, and adjust light in the environment to help the patient relax and to reduce environmental factors that produce nausea.Allow periods of uninterrupted sleep between procedures. Proce-dures and medication administration sometimes trigger periods of nausea.Offer small amount of cool liquids or ice chips to provide some fluid to reduce the possibility of dehydration.Suggest frequent mouth care to reduce unpleasant taste in the mouth.Give dry, bland foods, such as dry toast or crackers, during peri-ods of nausea to make it possible to eat. These foods have been found to be effective.Administer antinausea medications, as prescribed.Inform:  Teach relaxation techniques and encourage patient to use these techniques during mealtime to reduce stress and divert atten-tion from the nausea.Teach patient how to use food and fluid during periods of nausea to avoid dehydration and lack of nutrients. Food should be taken in small, frequent feedings. Avoid drinking with meals.Attend:  When nausea abates, encourage patient to increase food intake to assist with adequate intake of nutrients.Assist patient to make a list of best tolerated and poorly tolerated foods so he or she can choose quickly and wisely when nausea abates.Manage:  If nausea persists, refer patient to a nutritionist to assist after discharge to ensure that adequate nutrients will be ingested.Stress the importance of follow-up appointments with the physi-cian. Nausea is a preventable problem and should respond to appro priate measures.

Suggested Nic Interventions

Diet Staging; Fluid and Electrolyte Management; Fluid Monitoring;Medication Management; Nausea Management Nutritional Manage-ment


Mamaril, M. E., et al. (2006, December). Prevention and management of postoperative nausea and vomiting: A look at contemporary techniques.Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, 21(6), 404–410.