Nursing Care Plan: Whinorrhea: Tips for Travel Nurses

By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

November 8, 2012



Nursing Care Plan: Whinorrhea


As with any disorder or disease process, a Nursing Care plan is essential.  When caring for patients and co-workers with a diagnosis of whinorrhea it’s imperative to have specific nursing interventions in place to prevent the spread or outbreak of whinorrhea.

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Nursing Diagnosis:

Whinorrhea the state of the frequency of whining. More than 3 times (per shift) for patients and more than 4 times in co-workers.  Whining can be intermittent or consistent.  In patients, whining can be centered around comfort, timeliness, or a myriad of other items.

In co-workers, whining is primarily centered around the work environment, co-workers, patients, or home-life.

  • Deficient Fluid Volume (thirst) related to excessive fluid loss through oral disruptions.
  • Acute anxiety related to whinorrhea
  • Deficient Knowledge about the condition, prognosis, and treatment needs related to limited exposure information, misinterpretation of information and/or cognitive limitations.

Nursing Interventions

  • Assess for the ‘root’ of the whining.
  • Remove the ‘root’ problem (if possible)
  • Provide appropriate distractions for yourself or the person suffering from Whinorrhea
  • Bring earplugs or headphones to work.
  • Change the subject, by asking the whiner what’s going well.
  • If you’re stuck listening to a whiner, retreat mentally and imagine yourself in a peaceful setting you enjoy.
  • Ask the whiner what he or she intends to do about the problem (co-worker) or find out what you can do for the whiner (patient)


If your interventions didn’t prove effective: Pray for the Serenity to “Change the things that can be changed and accept the things that cannot be changed.”

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