Nursing interventions generated from Nursing and medical diagnoses
An experimental study using a 2 x 2 factorial design tested the hypothesis that baccalaureate and associate degree nurses generate more independent interventions from nursing diagnoses than from medical diagnoses. A convenience sample of 40 staff nurses was randomly assigned to four groups. Interventions were classified as to type and appropriateness of interventions and appropriateness of rationale. The hypothesis was supported, more independent interventions were generated from medical diagnoses than from nursing diagnoses. Significantly more interdependent interventions were generated from medical diagnoses than from nursing diagnoses. No significant differences were found for appropriateness of interventions or rationale. No significant differences were found between baccalaureate and associate degree nurses. It was concluded that nurses used both nursing and medical diagnoses to generate independent and interdependent nursing interventions, educational level did not predict ability to generate independent or interdependent interventions, and quantity of nursing interventions was not reflective of quality of nursing interventions.