Furthermore, Ward Class would like to emphasize the ff. points:
- For our NCPs, we will be using a 6-column format. We have added a column for RATIONALE(s) in order to state the basis for each nursing intervention included in a specific care plan.
- Before submitting an NCP as part of your requirements, you might want to ask your clinical instructor certain things such as whether to write statements made by patients in vernacular or paraphrase them in English. Secondly, you might want to ask your instructor if he/she prefers all NCP care plans to include interventions such as Establishing Rapport and Obtaining Baseline Vital Signs. Also, you might consider asking your instructor if you can use a separate column for RATIONALE (like we did) or just state the rationale immediately under each nursing intervention. Lastly, it will be prudent to ask whether to evaluate the care plan as a whole or make a number of evaluation statements depending on the number of expected outcomes specified.
- Our Sample NCPs are intended to guide students in making their own and are NOT to be submitted as is. The patients you will encounter during clinical rotations have unique healthcare needs so care plans should be prepared with this in mind.
- There is no standard format for NCPs but in writing them, you should always be guided by the nursing process (if you are studying nursing in the Philippines, your clinical instructor will most likely stress the importance of following the ADPIE format). You must also prioritize your client's nursing problems (think Maslow and ABC).