When planning care for a patient, what general rule should the nurse follow when choosing goals for a patient?

Goals should be measurable and attainable.

Explanation

•Patient goals should be measurable and attainable.

•Patient goals should always be specific to each individual and are not universal because even the same disease process affects individuals differently.

•A patient's goals may be challenging but never unattainable or very difficult to achieve.

•Patient goals should be identified for all patients as soon as they are admitted, not just when they become stable.

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