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Developing nursing care plans

Helen Ballantyne Staff nurse, Transplant Continuing Care Unit, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, England

This article aims to enhance nurses’ understanding of nursing care plans, reflecting on the past, present and future use of care planning. This involves consideration of the central theories of nursing and discussion of nursing models and the nursing process. An explanation is provided of how theories of nursing may be applied to care planning, in combination with clinical assessment tools, to ensure that care plans are context specific and patient centred.

Nursing Standard. 30, 26, 51-60. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.26.51.s48


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Received: 31 August 2015

Accepted: 16 October 2015