4 Hypospadias and Epispadias Nursing Care Plans


Learn about the nursing diagnosis for hypospadias and epispadias in this nursing care plan guide. Get to know the nursing assessment, interventions, and management of this condition to promote positive patient outcomes.

What are Hypospadias and Epispadias?

Hypospadias and epispadias are congenital anomalies of the penis that result in the incomplete development of the anterior urethra. In hypospadias, the urethral opening is located along the underside of the penis, near the tip. In epispadias, the urethral opening is on the upper surface (dorsum) of the penis.

The incidence of this defect in the United States is approximately 3.2 in 1,000 live male births or about 1 in every 300 male children. The cause of this defect is unknown but is associated with genetics, low birth weights, and by race/ethnic background (more common in whites, Italians, and Jews). Chordee, an abnormal curvature of the penis, is usually linked with hypospadias. Other associated anomalies include undescended testes, an inguinal hernia, and Wilms tumor.

The goal of treatment of this anomaly is to reconstruct a straight penis with a meatus close to the normal anatomic location. Usually, surgical repair is recommended to be done in the early year of life to prevent psychological trauma. Currently, the recommended age for urethroplasty (hypospadias/epispadias repair) is between 3 to 12 months of age, and for orthoplasty (chordee repair) is during the first year of the child.

Nursing Care Plans

Major nursing care plan objectives for the child with hypospadias or epispadias include improving the child’s physical appearance, ensuring a positive body image, providing relief of pain and discomfort, decreasing parental anxiety, and absence of complications (bleeding, infection, catheter obstruction, and sexual dysfunction).


Here are four (4) nursing care plans (NCP) and nursing diagnosis (NDx) for hypospadias and epispadias:

  1. Acute Pain
  2. Impaired Urinary Elimination
  3. Anxiety
  4. Risk for Infection

Acute Pain

Patients with hypospadias and epispadias may experience acute pain due to the surgical procedure required to repair the urethral abnormality. The surgery involves the manipulation of the genital area, and patients may experience pain and discomfort postoperatively. Pain management strategies should be implemented to ensure patient comfort and promote healing.

Nursing Diagnosis

  • Acute Pain

May be related to

  • Surgery

Possibly evidenced by

  • Verbalization of pain
  • Crying
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Distractive behavior
  • Changes in vital signs

Desired Outcomes

  • The child will experience decreased pain as evidenced by infrequent crying episodes and exhibit a normal sleeping pattern.

Nursing Assessment and Rationales

1. Assess the location, characteristics, onset, duration, frequency, location, and severity of the pain; Observe for verbal and nonverbal cues.
Provides data about the description of pain which can be used as a guideline for analgesic therapy.

Nursing Interventions and Rationales

1. Maintain a position of comfort; Properly set the catheter to avoid tension and kinking.
Promotes comfort and avoids pain due to pulling on or manipulating the catheter.

2. Encourage the use of non-pharmacological pain management strategies such as distraction techniques, relaxation exercises, and guided imagery.
Promotes rest and refocus attention thus decreasing discomfort.

3. Apply ice compress as indicated.
Relieves pain and decreases edema.

4. Administer analgesic (e.g., Tylenol) as ordered.
Lessens pain and promotes rest which reduces stimuli and pain.

5. Educate parents that medications will prevent pain and restlessness and allow for healing.
Provides information about the need for pain medications for the child’s comfort.


Recommended Resources

Recommended nursing diagnosis and nursing care plan books and resources.

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Ackley and Ladwig’s Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care
We love this book because of its evidence-based approach to nursing interventions. This care plan handbook uses an easy, three-step system to guide you through client assessment, nursing diagnosis, and care planning. Includes step-by-step instructions showing how to implement care and evaluate outcomes, and help you build skills in diagnostic reasoning and critical thinking.

Nursing Care Plans – Nursing Diagnosis & Intervention (10th Edition)
Includes over two hundred care plans that reflect the most recent evidence-based guidelines. New to this edition are ICNP diagnoses, care plans on LGBTQ health issues and on electrolytes and acid-base balance.

NANDA International Nursing Diagnoses: Definitions & Classification, 2021-2023
The definitive guide to nursing diagnoses is reviewed and approved by the NANDA International. In this new version of a pioneering text, all introductory chapters have been rewritten to provide nurses with the essential information they need to comprehend assessment, its relationship to diagnosis and clinical reasoning, and the purpose and application of taxonomic organization at the bedside. A total of 46 new nursing diagnoses and 67 amended nursing diagnostics are presented.

Nurse’s Pocket Guide: Diagnoses, Prioritized Interventions, and Rationales
Quick-reference tool includes all you need to identify the correct diagnoses for efficient patient care planning. The sixteenth edition includes the most recent nursing diagnoses and interventions from NANDA-I 2021-2023 and an alphabetized listing of nursing diagnoses covering more than 400 disorders.

Nursing Diagnosis Manual: Planning, Individualizing, and Documenting Client Care 
Identify interventions to plan, individualize, and document care for more than 800 diseases and disorders. Only in the Nursing Diagnosis Manual will you find for each diagnosis…. subjectively and objectively – sample clinical applications, prioritized action/interventions with rationales – a documentation section, and much more!

All-in-One Nursing Care Planning Resource – E-Book: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Maternity, and Psychiatric-Mental Health 
Includes over 100 care plans for medical-surgical, maternity/OB, pediatrics, and psychiatric and mental health. Interprofessional “patient problems” focus familiarizes you with how to speak to patients.

See also

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Paul Martin R.N. brings his wealth of experience from five years as a medical-surgical nurse to his role as a nursing instructor and writer for Nurseslabs, where he shares his expertise in nursing management, emergency care, critical care, infection control, and public health to help students and nurses become the best version of themselves and elevate the nursing profession.

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