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What is a Nursing Care Plan?

A nursing care plan is the end product of the nursing process’ planning phase. We have collated and created a wide selection of nursing care plans for our nurses and student nurses to use. Feel free to use these nursing care plans (NCPs) to your assignments and requirements.

Nursing care plans provide a means of communication among nurses, their patients, and other healthcare providers to achieve health care outcomes. Without the planning process, quality and consistency in patient care would be lost.

Care plans can be informal or formal:

  • Informal nursing care plan is a strategy of action that exists in the nurse’s mind.
  • Formal nursing care plan is a written or computerized guide that organizes information about the client’s care.

Formal care plans are further subdivided into standardized care plan and individualized care plan:

  • Standardized care plans specify the nursing care for groups of clients with common needs.
  • Individualized care plans are tailored to meet the unique needs of a specific client or needs that are not addressed by the standardized care plan.

What is a Nursing Diagnosis?

A nursing diagnosis may be part of the nursing process and is a clinical judgement about individual, family, or community experiences/responses to actual or potential health problems/life processes. Nursing diagnoses are developed based on data obtained during the nursing assessment.

Here are the four categories/structures of nursing diagnosis provided by NANDA-I system:

Actual Diagnosis

Risk Nursing Diagnosis

  • A risk nursing diagnosis is a clinical judgment that a problem does not exist, but the presence of risk factors indicates that a problem is likely to develop unless nurses intervene.
  • For example, all people admitted to a hospital have some possibility of acquiring an infection; however, a client with diabetes or a compromised immune system is at higher risk than others. Therefore, the nurse would appropriately use the label Risk for Infection to describe the client’s health status.

Wellness Diagnosis

  • Wellness Diagnoses describe human responses to levels of wellness in an individual, family or community that have a readiness for enhancement. Examples of wellness diagnosis would be Readiness for Enhanced spiritual Well Being or Readiness for Enhanced Family Coping.

Syndrome Diagnosis

  • It is a diagnosis that is associated with a cluster of other diagnoses. Example is Rape Trauma Syndrome.

Here is a list of nursing care plans that can be found in Nurseslabs:

Nursing Diagnosis

These are individualized nursing care plans for various nursing diagnoses.

Neurological Care Plans

Nursing care plans for related to nervous system disorders:

Mental Health and Psychiatric Care Plans

Care plans about mental health and psychiatric nursing:

Respiratory Care Plans

Care plans for respiratory system disorders:

Cardiac Care Plans

Nursing care plans for the different diseases of the cardiovascular system:

Gastrointestinal Care Plans

Care plans covering the disorders of the gastrointestinal and digestive system:

Maternal and Newborn Care Plans

Nursing care plans related to the care of the pregnant mother and her infant. See care plans for maternity and obstetric nursing:

Pediatric Nursing Care Plans

Nursing care plans for pediatric conditions and diseases:

Communicable and Infectious Diseases

Care plans related to communicable and infectious diseases:

Genitourinary Care Plans

Care plans related to the reproductive and urinary system disorders:

Female Reproductive System

Endocrine and Metabolic Care Plans

Nursing care plans related to the endocrine system and metabolism:

Acid-Base Balance

Hematologic and Lymphatic Care Plans

Care plans related to the hematologic and lymphatic system:

Ophthalmic Care Plans

Care plans relating to eye disorders:

Integumentary Care Plans

All about disorders and conditions affecting the integumentary system:

Musculoskeletal Care Plans

Care plans related to the musculoskeletal system:

Other Care Plans

Miscellaneous nursing care plans that don’t fit other categories:

Surgery and Perioperative Care Plans

Care plans that involve surgical intervention.


Spina Bifida Nursing Care Plans

7 Spina Bifida Nursing Care Plans

Nursing goals for clients with spina bifida includes prevent infection, maintain skin integrity. prevent trauma related to disuse, increase family coping skills, education about the condition, and support.