Quote from gwapo
it is absolutely important because the Joint Commission will look at them during surveys. it is important to update it so that they will know you glanced at it and signed it.
Also, no matter how heroically you cared for a patient,
if the care plan is not updated, your boss will lose it on you. It's one of those things that sometimes to be the most important thing of all, almost, sometimes. Okay, maybe i am exaggerating just a tad.
for real, it mostly felt like busy work, rarely if ever used it. Oh, i've written them, updated them, signed them, etc etc.
but USED one? not so much. Most of that stuff, we are all already doing anyway, per doctor order, or per common sense, per report info on current status or needs of pt, or per protocol of the unit, or your own body of knowledge, or whatever.
almost always something else is causing me to provide the specific steps of care that i am.
I can't recall a time, when i was needing help/advice/knowledge on how best to help my patient,
and i got much from a care plan. I guess it is a nice back up, in case there is focus for that pt, that no one had already initiated or thought of. Occasionally, i might see something on a care plan, that makes me want to double check something. As a checklist, i guess it could be worse, especially when first admitting a patient, can be helpful.
okay, maybe they are vaguely useful at times.
sorry, hope you get better answers.
or, perhaps, some places have more useful careplans than where i have worked.