Nursing Care Plan Examples

What Is A Nursing Care Plan and Why is it Needed?
August 6, 2016 – 05:32 am

In nursing school, there is probably no more hated class assignment than the nursing care plan. They’re assigned for every type of class, for intensive care patients, in mental health, and even for community care. Nursing students stay up all night preparing patient-specific care plans for the next day’s clinical, but why is this agony inducing tool still used so universally?

The Purpose of the Written Care Plan

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  • Continuity of care. The care plan is a means of communicating and organizing the actions of a constantly changing nursing staff. As the patient’s needs are attended to, the updated plan is passed on to the nursing staff at shift change and during nursing rounds.
  • Care plans help teach documentation. The care plan should specifically outline which observations to make, what nursing actions to carry out, and what instructions the client or family members require.
  • They serve as a guide for assigning staff to care for the client. There may be aspects of the patient’s care that need to be assigned to team members with specific skills.
  • Care plans serve as a guide for reimbursement. Medicare and Medicaid originally set the plan in action, and other third-party insurers followed suit. The medical record is used by the insurance companies to determine what they will pay in relation to the hospital care received by the client. If nursing care is not documented precisely in the care plan, there is no proof the care was provided. Insurers will not pay for what is not documented.

The purpose of students creating care plans is to assist them in pulling information from many different scientific disciplines as they learn to think critically and use the nursing process to problem solve. As a nursing student writes more plans, the skills for thinking and processing information like a professional nurse become more effectively ingrained in their practice.

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Acute Gastroenteritis:
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Your brain. Kidding. You poor thing. Care plans sucked in nursing school. And I have never made one since in my 8 years as a RN. They are all written out for ya in the real world, NICE!! There are plenty of books out there. Any book store like Barnes and Noble or Waldenbooks will do. Thats what I did. Or check out your med surg book. There has got to be something in there. Good Luck with it!!

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I can help you with this but you must e-mail me. Yahoo! Answers isn't a good way to communicate lots of information.
I need to know the medical diagnoses and why you think the patient is at risk for infection.

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