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Concept: Nursing care plan


Implementation of a standardized language in Nursing Care Plans (SNCP) allows for increased efficiency in nursing data management. However, the potential relationship with patientś health outcomes remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of SNCP implementation, based on North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) and Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC), in the improvement of metabolic, weight, and blood pressure control of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) patients.

Concepts: Nutrition, Hypertension, Diabetes mellitus type 2, Diabetes mellitus, Nursing, Nursing care plan, NANDA, Nursing diagnosis


To identify nursing care most frequently missed in acute adult inpatient wards and determine evidence for the association of missed care with nurse staffing.

Concepts: The Association, Nursing, Nurse, Florence Nightingale, Sunshine pop, Nursing care plan


There is strong evidence to show that lower nurse staffing levels in hospitals are associated with worse patient outcomes. One hypothesised mechanism is the omission of necessary nursing care caused by time pressure-‘missed care’.

Concepts: Hospital, Nursing, Nurse, Nursing care plan


An exploration of bias in health care and how it affects this population.

Concepts: Health care, Health care provider, Health, Illness, Nursing, Nursing care plan


As the health care needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population become increasingly important, health care professionals require appropriate academic and clinical training in preparation for the increased demand for culturally competent care. Nurses are of particular interest, as they are the core direct caregivers in many health care settings. This article explores the national climate around LGBT individuals and their related health needs. Educators and administrators who work with future nurses should strive to ensure they foster the development of knowledgeable practitioners who will be able to implement best practices in LGBT patient care. Attention should be paid to providing students with diverse clinical placements, access to LGBT interest groups, and clear expectations for LGBT-sensitive nursing care plans and course outcomes selection that promote cultural competence. Recommendations for nursing education and curricular reform are discussed. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(x):xxx-xxx.].

Concepts: Health care, LGBT, Health care provider, Nursing, Sexual orientation, Nurse, Homosexuality, Nursing care plan


This article aims to enhance nurses' understanding of nursing care plans, reflecting on the past, present and future use of care planning. This involves consideration of the central theories of nursing and discussion of nursing models and the nursing process. An explanation is provided of how theories of nursing may be applied to care planning, in combination with clinical assessment tools, to ensure that care plans are context specific and patient centred.

Concepts: Scientific method, Future, Management, Nursing, Nursing theory, Past, Nursing care plan, Nursing process


Nursing staff working in long-term institutional care attend to residents with an increasing number of severe physical and cognitive limitations. To exchange information about the health status of these residents, accurate nursing documentation is important to ensure the safety of residents. This study examined the accuracy of nursing documentation in 197 care plans of five long-term institutional care facilities. Based on the phases of the nursing process, the D-Catch instrument measures the accuracy of the content and coherence of documentation. Inadequacies were especially found in the description of residents' care needs and stated nursing diagnoses as well as in progress and outcome reports. In somatic and psycho-geriatric units, higher accuracy scores were determined compared with residential care units. Investments in resources (e.g., time), reasoning skills of nursing staff, and implementation of professional standards in accordance with legal requirements may be needed to enhance the quality of nursing documentation.

Concepts: Nursing, Nursing care plan


Little is known of the extent to which nursing-care tasks are left undone as an international phenomenon.

Concepts: Nursing, Nursing care plan


Frontline nurses are central to ensuring the patient experience is positive and dignified.

Concepts: Patient, Nursing, Nurse, Florence Nightingale, Miracles, Nursing care plan


Although advance care planning (ACP) and the use of advanced care directives (ACD) and end-of-life care plans are associated with a reduction in inappropriate hospitalisation, there is little evidence supporting the economic benefits of such programmes. We assessed the economic impact (gross savings) of the Let Me Decide (LMD) ACP programme in Ireland, specifically the impact on hospitalisations, bed days and location of resident deaths, before and after systematic implementation of the LMD-ACP combined with a palliative care education programme.

Concepts: Death, European Union, Palliative care, Palliative medicine, Hospice, End-of-life care, Nursing specialties, Nursing care plan