This reference for nursing students and practitioners is intended to be a convenient tool for identifying appropriate nursing diagnoses and planning patient care. Section One, "Nursing Diagnosis and the Nursing Process", explains how the nurse arrives at a nursing diagnosis using assessment findings and other known data such as medical diagnosis. The authors then explain the five steps taken to make a nursing diagnostic statement and provide guidelines for determining patient outcomes, interventions and evaluation criteria for each diagnosis. Section Two, "Guide to Nursing Diagnoses", contains an alphabetical list of approximately 1000 client signs and symptoms, medical diagnoses, therapeutic modalities, nursing diagnosis and psychiatric diagnosis. Accompanying each entry is a list of potential nursing diagnoses with appropriate "related to" statements. Section Three, "Guide to Planning Care", provides definition, defining characteristics, client goals/outcomes and suggested nursing interventions for all NANDA-approved diagnoses.