How to support nursing students to develop community care planning skills
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How to support nursing students to develop community care planning skills

Stephanie Reynolds Senior Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the importance of care planning in structuring interventions for a patient

  • To understand how you can use the process of care planning as an educational activity for nursing students

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Care planning for patients is an important element of the nurse’s role, yet some nursing students may miss its relevance to their practice. However, they can learn many skills by care planning thoroughly in partnership with patients. They can also expand their knowledge of the wider aspects of holistic care, including the importance of empowering and educating patients.

This article discusses how to structure care planning systematically and assists practice supervisors to guide nursing students working in the community in their learning, showing how to relate certain aspects of care to specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) goals. The article also describes a structure for developing interventions for a care plan – professional values, assessment, treatment and education (PATE) – which nursing students can use to incorporate a chronological order into care that also encompasses health promotion.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1601

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Reynolds S (2020) How to support nursing students to develop community care planning skills. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1601

Published online: 08 April 2020

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