Formulating Smart Goals

Use the components below only as a guide (Not the actual assignment)

SpecificProvide specific details to describe what you want your patient to accomplish.

MeasurableHow will you know you have achieved your goal? How can your goal be evaluated? (i.e. How much? How often? How many? How far?)

Action OrientedWhat specific actions or steps will you take in order for your patient to meet your goal?

RealisticIs it a goal that your patient will be capable of achieving? Can your patient really complete this goal? (It is important to be honest with yourself here considering your patient’s limitations.)

TimelyClearly specify a completion time. (i.e. by the end of this shift, etc.)


Goal Setting Tools

Short video on SMART goals:

These articles discuss goal-setting strategies, including the “SMART” criteria.

“The Role of Goal Setting in Workforce Development”…

• “Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals”

Communication in Nursing……

**** Now, use the components above to formulate your SMART Goals into two (2) or three (3) complete sentences and submit as your assignment.


In this assignment, you will develop SMART goals for three patient scenarios.


Make sure and use the assignment this rubric to guide your work.


The above components are only a guide to help you think about and construct SMART goals. Make sure to include all components in your SMART goals. You will write your final goal statements as two (2) or three (3) complete sentences after each of the scenarios below.

Scenario 1:

Your patient has had open heart surgery and needs to be walking several times a day. Please write a SMART goal using this scenario for your patient.


Scenario 2:

Your patient has shortness of breath and an oxygen saturation of 90%. The doctor has ordered oxygen therapy and use of the incentive spirometer throughout the day for your patient. Please write a SMART goal using this scenario for your patient.


Scenario 3:

Your patient has suffered a stroke and has paralysis on the right side. The doctor has ordered the patient to be participating in his activities of daily living (eating, dressing, brushing teeth, and combing hair). Please write a SMART goal using this scenario for your patient.


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