A nursing care plan outlines the nursing care to be provided to a patient. It is a set of actions the nurse will implement to resolve nursing problems identified by assessment. The creation of the plan is an intermediate stage of the nursing process. It guides in the ongoing provision of nursing care and assists in the evaluation of that care. {wiki}

Characteristics of a quality nursing care plan:

  • It focuses on actions which are designed to solve or minimize the existing problem.
  • It is a product of a deliberate systematic process.
  • It relates to the future.
  • It is based upon identifiable health and nursing problems.
Elements of the nursing care plan:

  • NANDA nursing diagnosis with related factors and diagnostic criteria
  • Nursing outcome classifications with specified outcomes to be achieved including deadlines
  • Nursing intervention classifications with specified interventions.