150+ Care Plan Examples developed by practicing ED/ICU nurses

Nursing Care Plan Course

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This course is going to show you the most effective way to write a Nursing Care Plan and how to use Nursing Care Plans in the clinical setting. PLUS, we are going to give you examples of Nursing Care Plans for all the major body systems and some of the most common disease processes.

Nursing Care Plan Lessons

00.01 Nursing Care Plans Course Introduction

Learn the most effective way to write a Nursing Care Plan and how to use them in a clinical setting. This lesson includes examples of …

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01.01 Purpose of Nursing Care Plans

In this lesson, you will learn the reasoning behind creating a nursing care plan. We will look at nursing care plan use during nursing school …

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01.02 How to Write a Nursing Care Plan

Overview The Nursing Process Assess Gather data Diagnose What’s the problem? Prioritize What’s most important? Plan What can I do about it? Implement DO IT! …

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01.03 Using Nursing Care Plans in Clinicals

Overview What does this look like OUTSIDE of school? How to practicing nurses utilize Nursing Care Plans? Nursing Points General Most often NOT written Though …

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Nursing Care Plan for Abdominal Pain

Learning to write a nursing care plan for abdominal pain will ensure quality outcomes. This lesson will look at how a nurse can write a …

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Nursing Care Plan for Abortion, Spontaneous Abortion, Miscarriage

Pathophysiology Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy before the fetus is able to live outside the womb, usually prior to 20 – 24 weeks. …

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Nursing Care Plan for Abruptio Placentae / Placental abruption

Pathophysiology Abruptio placentae, or placental abruption, is when the placenta partially or completely detaches prematurely from the uterus, causing a risk for hemorrhage. This is …

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Nursing Care Plan for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

Pathophysiology A sexually transmitted disease of the immune system in which HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) destroys specific immune cells (CD4)  leaving the body vulnerable and …

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Nursing Care Plan for Acute Kidney Injury

Pathophysiology Acute kidney injury, also known as acute renal failure,  is when the kidneys stop working over the period of a few hours or a …

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Nursing Care Plan for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Pathophysiology An acute lung condition evidenced by bilateral pulmonary infiltrates and refractory hypoxemia. The definition of refractory hypoxemia is hypoxemia that is unresponsive to treatment …

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Nursing Care Plan for Addison’s Disease (Primary Adrenal Insufficiency)

Pathophysiology The adrenal glands, located above the kidneys, fail to produce an adequate amount cortisol, aldosterone or androgens. Cortisol is a glucocorticoid that influences the …

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Nursing Care Plan for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome / Delirium Tremens

Pathophysiology When a person regularly consumes large amounts of alcohol over a prolonged period of time (usually years), the body becomes physically dependent upon that …

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Nursing Care Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease

Pathophysiology Alzheimer’s disease, sometimes called Alzheimer’s Dementia, is a progressive and irreversible neurological disorder that causes loss of memory and cognitive function. Symptoms begin gradually, …

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Nursing Care Plan for Anaphylaxis

Pathophysiology Anaphylaxis is an acute, multiorgan,  life-threatening allergic reaction. Initial symptoms may look like a normal allergy with runny nose or rash and usually occur …

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Nursing Care Plan for Anemia

Pathophysiology Anemia is the lack of enough healthy red blood cells (RBC) or hemoglobin (HGB), which is the part of the red blood cell that …

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Nursing Care Plan for Angina

Pathophysiology Chest pain resulting from inadequate blood flow to heart muscle. If flow is not restored, it can lead to further damage. Etiology Most common …

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Nursing Care Plan for Anxiety

In this lesson, you will learn how to write a nursing care plan for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and the associated nursing interventions and rationales. You …

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Nursing Care Plan for Aortic Aneurysm

Pathophysiology When the aorta is under extreme high pressure from hypertension, the wall of the vessel can weaken, causing a dilation or outpouching of the …

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Nursing Care Plan for Appendicitis

Pathophysiology Appendicitis is the obstruction and inflammation of the inner lining of the appendix.  If left untreated, increasing inflammation and infection can lead to necrosis, …

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Nursing Care Plan for Arterial Disorders

Pathophysiology Disorders of the arteries, which are the vessels that are responsible for delivering oxygenated blood to the body. This includes Peripheral Arterial Disease, which …

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Nursing Care Plan for Aspiration

Pathophysiology Aspiration occurs when something enters into the lungs that is not air. This sometimes causes aspiration pneumonia, but not always. For example, the patient …

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Nursing Care Plan for Asthma

Pathophysiology Bronchoconstriction, inflammation, and increased mucus production narrows air passages and decreases the ability to bring air into the alveoli, decreasing the amount of oxygenation …

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Nursing Care Plan for Asthma / Childhood Asthma

Pathophysiology Asthma is the chronic inflammation of the airways that causes difficulty breathing in about 6 million children across the United States. When the lining …

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Nursing Care Plan for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Pathophysiology An electrical activity disturbance in the heart that causes an irregular and often rapid heartbeat. The atria quiver sending confusing electrical signals to the …

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What makes our care plan course unique?

151+ Care Plans

Find a care plan on practically any disease process within the extensive (and growing) course.

Practicing Nurses

All care plans are created by practicing ED/ICU nurses with Masters Degrees (like all NURSING.com content).

Critical Thinking

Each care plan lesson includes practice questions, cheatsheets, and other downloads to help you master the content.

Step-by-Step

We walk you through the creation of each care plan step-by-step so you can follow along with the expert nurse.

"The sooner you come to love nursing care plans, the easier your career as a nurse will be."

Nursing care plans are stressful, time consuming, and pretty much feel like a terrible waste of time. Many nursing school graduates come out of school celebrating that they will never have to write another nursing care plan.

So why did we make this course?

There is a transition that occurs during the first year or so of practicing as a nurse. By the end of their first year, the new nurse can walk into a room, do a quick survey around and know within a couple minutes exactly how the shift will go.

What has happened?

The new nurse has developed clinical thinking skills without even knowing it. They are able to build nursing care plans in their mind within just a couple of minutes.

So, while you won't be required to create long form text documents covering desired outcomes, subjective and objective data, etc . . . you will learn how to do all of that quickly as almost a sixth sense.

This course takes a different approach to nursing care plans. We do not include NIC, NOC, or NANDA . . . why? Really, you are never going to use these outside of nursing school. Instead, we take the medical diagnosis and collect subjective and objective data. With that information, we walk you through interventions you might consider in caring for the patient.

Each care plan example is developed by an expert practicing nurse who has actually taken care of similar patients. While we can't take away the pain of writing care plans in nursing school - this course is designed to help you develop clinical thinking skills that you can take with you on to the nursing floor.

Nursing Care Plan FAQs

Nursing care plans outline a patients  most critical needs and steps of action to improve outcomes based on those needs.  All of this information is backed-up with evidence and data both objective and subjective. 

 

Care plans help a nurse prioritize actions.  Once data is gathered, the nurse can begin prioritizing actions with the intent on improving the patients outcomes. 

The most critical elements of a nursing care plan are:  

  •  Desired Outcome for patient
  • Subjective Data
  • Objective Data
  • Nursing Interventions
  • Rationales for interventions

When all of this combines, it provides a sort of game plan that allows the nurse to prioritize actions.

We suggest 5 steps for writing nursing care plans:

  1. Collect all information (Assess)
  2. Analyze the Information (Diagnose Prioritize)
  3. Ask How (PlanImplement, & Evaluate)
  4. Translate
  5. Transcribe

What you’ll notice is that the five steps align with the nursing process.  While the nursing process might feel redundant in nursing school, care plans provide the perfect place to implement the steps of the nursing process. 

Think of nursing care plans as the nursing process in action.  The final step of the nursing process is to EVALUATE.  Depending on the outcome of the evaluation phase of the nursing process determines if/when you need to update your nursing care plan.  If the patient has obtained the desired outcomes, there is no need to update.  However, if the patient has not yet obtained the desired outcomes, you should update the care plan.   

 

This is how nursing works.  We continually collect data on our patients and adjust our care to provide them the desired outcomes. 

Subjective data is information that we gather from the patient (subject).  This is data that we can not gather from charts or lab tests – the patient must share this information.  In other words, you can not user your 5 senses to obtain. 

Examples of subjective data: 

 

  • Patient experiencing shortness of breath
  • Chest pain that is a pressure feeling and is 10/10
  • Burning sharp pain
  • Dizziness

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