6 Elective Termination Nursing Care Plans

Elective Termination: Therapeutic abortion may be done to safeguard the woman’s health, or a voluntary abortion may be a woman’s reproductive decision.

Nursing Care Plans

The nursing plan of care of clients for elective termination includes assessing biopsychosocial status, giving appropriate instruction/information, promoting coping strategies and emotional support, and preventing postprocedural complications.

Here are six (6) nursing care plans for elective termination or therapeutic abortion: 

  1. Anxiety
  2. Acute Pain
  3. Deficient Knowledge
  4. Risk for Spiritual Distress
  5. Risk For Decisional Conflict
  6. Risk For Maternal Injury
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Anxiety: Vague uneasy feeling of discomfort or dread accompanied by an autonomic response.

May be related to

  • Stress
  • Situational/maturational crises.
  • Unmet needs.
  • Unconscious conflict about essential values/beliefs

Possibly evidenced by

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  • Apprehension.
  • Fear of unspecified consequences.
  • Focus on self.
  • Impaired attention.
  • Increased tension.
  • Preoccupation
  • Sympathetic stimulation

Desired Outcomes

  • Patient will recognize the presence of anxiety.
  • Patient will identify the cause of anxiety.
  • Patient will begin to use positive coping strategies to adjust to the situation.
  • Patient will use resources/support systems effectively.
  • Patient will report anxiety reduced to a manageable level.
Nursing InterventionsRationale
Recognize the client’s anxiety and encourage to express her feelings.To assist the client in identifying feelings and begin to deal with problems.
Establish a therapeutic relationship, conveying empathy and unconditional positive regard.To provide a positive attitude towards the client.
Provide comfort measures such as breathing and relaxation techniques.This can influence physiological responses (BP, pulse, and respiration). Tense muscles may interfere with
the procedure.
Explain procedures before they are performed, and stay with the client to provide concurrent feedback.A physical presence is reassuring and can increase cooperation and promote a sense of security.
Provide a support person/family member to stay with the client particularly if she is undergoing a the second-trimester procedure requiring
induction of labor.
The presence of a familiar person can help reduce client anxiety and promote relaxation and coping.
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