Are care plans the best way of documenting care? What do you think?
It is a NMC requirement to have a documented plan of care.
Nursing care plans are, generally, the accepted way to record a patients plan of care. When completed accurately and individualised they can be an effective document.
However, in practice they do not always provide a relevant, individualised and up-to-date plan of care for patients. We need to ask whether this is due to the document itself or the standard of documentation when completing the care plan.
Lisa Magill is Practice Development Nurse, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre.