11 Fracture Nursing Care Plans


In this nursing care plan guide are 11 nursing diagnosis for fracture. Know the assessment, goals, related factors, and nursing interventions with rationale for fracture in this guide.

A fracture is the medical term used for a broken bone. They occur when the physical force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone itself. They commonly happen because of car accidents, falls or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Fracture is sometimes abbreviated FRX or Fx, Fx, or #.

Types of Fracture

There are many types of fractures, but the main categories are complete, incomplete, open, closed and pathological. Five major types are as follows:

  1. Incomplete: Fracture involves only a portion of the cross-section of the bone. One side breaks; the other usually just bends (greenstick).
  2. Complete: Fracture line involves entire cross-section of the bone, and bone fragments are usually displaced.
  3. Closed: The fracture does not extend through the skin.
  4. Open: Bone fragments extend through the muscle and skin, which is potentially infected.
  5. Pathological: Fracture occurs in diseased bone (such as cancer, osteoporosis), with no or only minimal trauma.

Nursing Care Plans

Nursing care planning of a patient with a fracture, whether in a cast or in traction, is based upon prevention of complications during healing. By performing an accurate nursing assessment on a regular basis, the nursing staff can manage the patient’s pain and prevent complications. On emergency trauma care basic include triage, assessment and maintaining airway, breathing, and circulation, protecting the cervical spine and assessing the level of consciousness.

Here are eleven (11) nursing care plans (NCP) and nursing diagnosis (NDx) for fracture: 

  1. Risk for Trauma: Falls
  2. Acute Pain
  3. Risk for Peripheral Neurovascular Dysfunction
  4. Risk for Impaired Gas Exchange
  5. Impaired Physical Mobility
  6. Impaired Skin Integrity
  7. Risk for Infection
  8. Deficient Knowledge
  9.  NEW  Risk for Injury
  10.  NEW  Self-Care Deficit
  11.  NEW  Constipation
  12. Other Nursing Diagnoses


Constipation: A decrease in a person’s normal frequency of defecation, accompanied by difficult or incomplete passage of stool and/or passage of excessively hard, dry stool.

Nursing Diagnosis

  • Constipation

May be related to

  • Immobility
  • Administration of opiod analgesics

Possibly evidenced by

  • Straining with defacation
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Distended abdomen

Desired Outcomes

  • Client will verbalize understanding of methods to maintain normal bowel elimination.
  • Client will maintain bowel elimination in his or her normal pattern.
Nursing InterventionsRationale
Nursing Assessment
Assess the patient’s usual bowel pattern and habits.Using effective and proven method will allow patients to achieve their usual bowel elimination pattern more quickly.
Auscultate abdomen for presence, location, and charecteristics of bowel sounds.Determines bowel activity of the patient.
Therapeutic Interventions
Encourage the patient to increase adequate fluid intake unless contraindicated.Fluid intake helps make the stool soft and moist for easier elimination.
Encourage balanced fiber and bulk in diet.Improve consistency in stool and facilitate passage through the colon.
Explain and instruct patient with other ways in managing pain (different combination of drugs, visualization techniques or relaxation techniques).Nonopioid drugs used in combination may decrease the need for opioids, control pain, and lessen the side effects that contributes to constipation.
Encourage mobility to the limit of the prescribed activity.Mobility aids peristalsis and therefore enhances bowel elimination. The patient thus should not be left in bed or allowed to use a bedside commode if additional mobility can be tolerated
Teach current influences on impaired bowel elimination.Use of opiod analgesics, lack of food intake and decrease mobility can negatively affects bowel elimination.
Administer stool softeners, enemas, laxatives as prescribed. Evaluate response to medications and initate  supplemental therapies as needed to reattain normal bowel function.These medications may be given to maintain normal bowel elimination. If a stool softener or laxative is unsuccessful, a rectal suppository or enema administration may be administered to aid with elimination.

References and Sources

Recommended references and sources for this fracture nursing care plans:

  • Black, J. M., & Hawks, J. H. (2009). Medical-surgical nursing: Clinical management for positive outcomes (Vol. 1). A. M. Keene (Ed.). Saunders Elsevier. [Link]
  • Gulanick, M., & Myers, J. L. (2016). Nursing Care Plans: Diagnoses, Interventions, and Outcomes. Elsevier Health Sciences. [Link]
  • Hommel, A., Kock, M. L., Persson, J., & Werntoft, E. (2012). The Patient’s view of nursing care after hip fracture. ISRN nursing2012. [Link]
  • Willis, L. (2019). Professional guide to diseases. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. [Link]

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