Best nursing care plan book?

  1. Thank you all for the info on the best Nclex you will be happy to know that I purchased both books. My husband however is not as happy!!lol

    NExt question and a very important one is what is the best careplan book around. I need a med/surg/maternal/child type one that will give me a ton of info in a easy to understand way. Anyone have ideas? Please help as I have been warned that senior year you can be failed for crappy worksheets!
    Last edit by RN2be on Jul 24, '03
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  3. by   memphispanda
    I have had pretty good luck with Carpenito's book (Nursing Diagnosis). I have found that care plan books don't really have the information in the format my instructors want.
  4. by   andi2634
    I used Carpenito's book my first year and never really liked it very much. Last year I found Mosby's Nursing Care Plans- Nursing Dx and Interventions -ISBN -0-323-01627-8. I helped me alot. I think it explains things alot better and includes more interventions and information.
  5. by   NurseStacey143
    I like LEwis's MEd Surg book. it has everything!@
  6. by   glascow
    Are they still teaching careplans in nursing school???
    RN since 1992
  7. by   renerian
    I like Campbells book as it had some non traditional ideas/care plans/ etc.

  8. by   RNIAM
    In my school they sure are. I was informed last week that if you do a particularly bad one you will be failed at the senior level. Thsi is why it is so important. Thany you everyone I will look into these books. You have been a great help.
  9. by   essarge
    We just had our reaccreditation and one of the main things that upset them was that we were doing care plans ... llllooooonnnnggg care plans. They states that the school should be teaching things that we will be doing in the "real world". So the school has to write a rebuttle on this to the committee.

    When I write my care plans, I find a care plan book specific to the class that it pertains to (i.e. peds, maternity, med/surg). This really helped me to take it in the right direction.

    I also held on to every care plan that I've written. They come in handy when you need the norms for a specific age group!!
  10. by   Ortho_RN
    Ugh,,, Carpenito.. YUCK We are having a Carpenito Fire burning ceremony after our pinning... that book is horrible...
  11. by   IowaKaren
    In my school, we have to use the Ackley/Ladwig "Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, A Guide to Planning Care" religiously, quoting from it in most cases (depending on the clinical instructor at the time). At times I find it hard to find what I'm looking for in it so open the med/surg book, L&D book, etc. to get a feel for what I want and then look in the Ackley book to get my diagniosis.
  12. by   nekhismom
    I use Mosby's Nursing Care Plans Nursing Diagnosis and interventions. It never helped me out. It wasn't what my instructors were looking for at all. We too still do long care plans. I;m talking 20 plus hours to complete care plans, and even then they still don't have everything the instructors are looking for!
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Yuck, care plans. In the real world of nursing, we have a big book of "canned" care plans that we pull out and place in the "Care Plan" part of the file so we don't get into trouble with the powers that be . . . however, we do not even read the dang things. What a complete waste of time and paper.

    Just do what you have to do to get through school and then "forgetaboutit".

    See the thread on "Where are the men" and look at some of Peeps McArthur's comments about curriculum.

  14. by   opalmRN
    We are permitted to purchase the book of our choice. First year here and I am using "Doenges, Moorhouse and Geissler-Murr."

    I like this one for my program because it has very clear and concise rationales for all plans. Very lengthy and not very realistic in the real world but for school it is excellent.