I received a job description from a small hospital on Vancouver Island, in BC, and saw that "written nursing care plan" was part of nursing duties. I have never done a written care plan - The University I attended in Alberta did away with formal care plans
about 5 or 6 years ago. We are given different medical scenarios and asked to prepare a presentation with what nursing "measures" would be implemented to provide proper care, which I believe, is the same thing. In Alberta, we have computerized systems in the hosptials , and the majority of orders, including care measures, are in our patients summaries/printouts. I'm curious to know, how many of you out there who graduated within the last few years, were taught to do written care plans? I have talked to other nurses from BC and the Yukon Territories, who said care plans were part of their nursing program...not sure about the rest of Canada?
Jo, RN, BN, BA