care plan books are basically set up in two different ways. (1) listing the nanda diagnoses in alphabetical order and then giving you nursing interventions to go along with them. an example of this type of care plan book is the very popular nursing diagnosis handbook: a guide to planning care
by betty j. ackley and gail b ladwig which is the one referred to by nurseinmaking in the post above me. it is currently in it's 7th edition and is 1300+ pages long. it incorporates the current 172 official nanda nursing diagnoses into it (i know, i have nanda's publication, nursing diagnoses: definitions and classification 2005-2006
, and it is all incorporated into this nursing care plan book). it is quite an extensive book and would serve you very well. one of it's chief features that sets it off from other books of this type is that it has at it's beginning an index of over 1500 physical symptoms and medical diagnoses that you can look up to get suggestions as to which nursing diagnoses might be appropriate to use. that's a big help when you are kind of at a loss at to which direction to go for a nursing diagnosis. it gives you a list of outcomes for each nursing diagnosis. they also give you references and in many cases will refer you to nursing research to support the nursing interventions that are listed. this careplan book is in every way meant to follow the current directives of nanda and i think that it has done a wonderful job of doing so in a very user friendly way. there is a slightly shortened version of this book entitled mosby's nursing diagnosis handbook
that lacks some of the features of the longer version. marilyn doenges also has a nursing care plan book that is set up by nursing diagnosis as well. can't think of the name of it, but if you study the descriptions of the care plans books at a site like barnes and noble or amazon it is made clear. i mention this because doenges also has a number of care plan books and a number of them are in format (2).
(2) are care plan books that list care plans by medical diseases. they are usually broken down and organized by body systems and then major medical diseases under those body systems are addressed. the problem with this type of care plan book is that a patient may not have the particular disease you are trying to care plan for. then, what are you going to do? an example of this kind of care plan book is nursing care plans: guidelines for individualizing client care across the life span
by marilyn e. doenges, mary frances moorhouse and alice c. muir. for years i have used lynda juall carpenito-moyet's nursing diagnosis, application to clinical practice
which is also divided into care plans by medical diseases. a lot of students do not like carpenito and i can understand why. ms. carpenito has been a member of nanda for many years and no one knows more about the evolution and use of nursing diagnosis than her, so she tends to get a little heavy and hard to understand.
the choice, of course, is yours. i recommend that you go to barnes and noble or amazon websites and do a search for care plan books or those mentioned above. more titles and authors will come up. there are other authors. care plan books by gulanick are also popular with students. read the information on these websites. in many cases you can also get a look at the table of contents of these books as well which will give you an idea of how they are organized.
from the posts for help that i see on the student forums, the biggest thing that seems to give students problems is how to determine and chose nursing diagnoses for their patients. time and time again, this is the kind of help i see sought. not help for nursing interventions. almost inevitably i reach for my nanda publications to verify definitions and symptoms of a diagnosis or my ackley/ladwig careplan book to help in formulating the nursing diagnostic statement that is all important in student care plans. i don't quite understand why this is such a common stumbling block, but it is an important step in today's care planning process that, if it gets fouled up, causes the remainder of the care plan to fall apart.
another plus of the ackley/ladwig book is that they have a companion website that is a careplan constructor at http://www1.us.elsevierhealth.com/ev...e/constructor/
where you can access a certain number of popular nursing diagnoses, chose nursing interventions and outcomes and the program will print it all out it a nice format for you. it's the same information that's in their book. the gulanick careplan book also has a similar companion online care plan constructor site.
you got some shopping and decisions to make!!!!