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According to NANDA International, “A medical diagnosis deals with disease or medical condition. A nursing diagnosis deals with human response to actual or potential health problems and life processes. For example, a medical diagnosis of Cerebrovascular Attack (CVA or Stroke) provides information about the patient’s pathology. The complimentary nursing diagnoses of Impaired verbal communication, risk for falls, interrupted family processes and powerlessness provide a more holistic understanding of the impact of that stroke on this particular patient and his family – they also direct nursing interventions to obtain patient-specific outcomes” (NANDA, n.d.)

A medical practice problem would be a problem defined by a medical intervention, diagnosis or treatment. Such as, whether or not treating patients with surgical intervention versus conservative intervention for a clavicle fracture has an improved outcome with less down time for the affected extremity post traumatic injury in the post-acute phase of care.

A nursing practice problem is a problem that pertains to providing “patients with safe, quality care, and to improve outcomes” (Helbig, 2018). The nurse can use the PICOT question development to help formulate a question to be answered with research. “The question can be associated with either a quality improvement project or lead to evidence-based practice (EBP)” (Helbig, 2018). An example of a nursing practice problem would be: Do the use of Nozin nasal swabs and hibeclenz baths daily on patients with central lines decrease the number of central line infections in the acute care setting?

It is important to know the difference between the two, as nurses can affect many variables in the patients care, however they must remain in their scope of practice. There is a lot of research out there to decipher between what is useful and what is not and determining this for the PICOT question being asked for the research needed and not to lose sight of the goal. Research can be overwhelming and often by reading the abstract for clarification it can allow you to see if this is the type of article that would fall in the nursing scope of practice or not.

Nurses are not licensed to diagnosis patients and decide the needed course of medical care. However, they can provide EBP to best determine the practice of how to complete the ordered care for the patient to improve patient outcomes.


Helbig, J. (2018). History and Process of Nursing Research, Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, and Quantitative and Qualitative Research Process. Nursing Research: Understanding Methods for Best Practice. Grand Canyon University Education. Retrieved from:

NANDA International. (n.d.). What is the difference between a medical diagnosis and a nursing diagnosis? NANDA International Inc. Retrieved from:

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