Hello,I am in my first semester of nursing school (almost finished ). My problem is that I'm still rather confused about some things and I'm too embarassed to ask my instructors because it seems like I should know these things by now. I feel very disorganized and confused most of the time and I can't seem to get a grasp of how to properly write a careplan. We are not allowed to use care plan books for references/rationales. We are only allowed to use "primary" sources. It is so frustrating because I spend way too much time doing these plans when I feel like I should be focusing on other things. It has gotten to the point where I can't even do my reading for theory or any other classes anymore, because ALL of my study time goes into these plans. I feel like I'm going to fail if this cycle continues any longer, especially with finals coming up . One thing that I don't understand is how a beginning student such as myself is supposed to know the time frames for my expected outcomes in my care plans. I have no idea where to find this kind of information. I understand that these goals should be specific to the patient, but I have NO IDEA what is considered realisitic as far as timeframes are concerned. Also, I was under the impression that my careplans should include all the basic human needs in them (that was my own conclusion, I wasn't told that), but when I look up care plan examples in care plan books all they have listed are interventions that are directly related to the diagnosis. Am I wasting my time including too much unrelated (more holistic) info in my plans? If anyone has any answers I greatly appreciate it! I'm also freaking out because next semester we are supposed to write our patient plans in one evening the day before clinical and at this rate I'm afraid I won't be able to do it.