Nursing Care Plan Template

  1. Hi all...

    I had a nursing care plan template that we had been using in our facility for a few years, the website is

    and for some reason it's not there anymore Is there a blank care plan template out there? I really liked the one we were using. Thanks for any info, i have looked in the archived posts here and none of those links are working, or the sample care plans aren't what I need. Thanks!

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    About lpn311

    Joined: Jun '08; Posts: 5; Likes: 1
    I proudly work with the American Red Cross, HIV/AIDS HHN and LSA
    Specialty: 13 year(s) of experience in OB, Geriatrics, Med/surg, L&D HIV/AIDS..


  3. by   Daytonite
    The nursing home I worked in some years ago had a one page template for a care plan similar to the one on RN Central's site. It is very simple. I've attached it below. The column for the "Problem" can either be a symptom or a nursing diagnosis depending on what your facility wants you to use.
    What specifically are you wanting? One of the things I do in my spare time is create forms.
    Last edit by Daytonite on Jun 26, '08
  4. by   lpn311
    Thanks so much

    I work in the HIV/AIDS department at the American Red Cross, and the care plan doesnt have to be a specific kind, but I liked the one I had. The one you sent is awesome too, so I saved it, thank you very much! the Dx's are different for each client and they vary d/t OI's and most of the time its multiple Dx's so we do it a bit differently than normal care plans--well the care plans i was used to doing 12 years ago when i started my nursing career lol! I love my job now, its more social nursing and med adherence ....... I am also the Life Skills Advocate too so its alot of teaching, planning, and assisting with ADL's. Most of my days I f/u with phone calls, do some intakes and assessments, some care plans and my nursing notes....some coding and fililng...right now I have no clients today so I am on here learning. Even on the slow days I still love my job
  5. by   Daytonite
    In the old days, ha ha, I'm talking about the 70's, we used to list what you would call symptoms today as the patient problems. It was in the late 70's when a bunch of nurses decided that they were tired of writing the same nursing interventions for certain symptoms so, light bulb please, why not group those symptoms together and stick a name (label) on them. That's how nursing diagnosis came about. But we used to write vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, edema and symptoms like that as "problems" on our care plan templates all the time before nursing diagnoses came into being.

    You can do a nursing care plan any way you want unless the facility says you have to do it a specific way. I've had these ones from the nursing home for 10 years. The language on them is old. When I first saw them I asked who had originally written them. No one remembered or knew. But the ones that I added I wrote up in the same style. I have these short one page care plans for
    • Lung Congestion/CHF
    • Low H&H and Low Grade Fever
    • Skin Tear
    • Seizures
    • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
    • Skin Laceration
    • Post Bone Marrow Aspiration
    • Post-op Cataract Removal
    These are just the ones that were saved because I had printed them out. A whole bunch more were lost when the hard drive of my lap top was erased by a technician repairing my computer. If you are interested in any of them, let me know and I'll share them with you.