Nursing Care Plans: Transitional Patient & Family Centered Care

Nursing Care Plans: Transitional Patient & Family Centered Care
7th Ed.
Copyright © 2017 Lynda Carpenito-Moyet. All rights reserved.
Lynda Juall Carpenito RN, MSN, CRNP
ISBN-13: 978-1-4963-4926-2
Nursing, Point of Care


Focusing on the most important nursing care plans for practice, this updated edition of Carpenito’s practical resource helps students learn how to create nursing care plans, effectively document care, and build clinical reasoning and decision-making skills. To help achieve quality outcomes and prevent adverse events, care plans identify individuals who are at high risk for falls, pressure ulcers, and infection and prepare the individual/family for transition to home or another facility. A user-friendly organization splits Collaborative Problems and Nursing Diagnosis in each chapter and organizes care plans by Medical Conditions, Surgical Procedures, and Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures.

Key Features:

  • UPDATED! All nursing diagnoses reflect today’s best practices.
  • NEW! Up-to-date content enriches the presentation, including new techniques on increasing a patient’s motivation to learn self-care and new discussions in a new Appendix C on how to teach individuals with low health literacy.
  • Evidence-based rationales and guidelines help students understand how research informs practice.
  • Clinical Alerts advise students of serious events that require immediate action and need to be reported in a timely and sometimes urgent fashion.
  • An evidence-based model, STAR (Stop, Think, Act, Review), shows students how to assess a situation prior to intervening and how to evaluate the response after acting.
  • A SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) framework facilitates clear, consistent, and succinct communication of pertinent information among health care professionals.
  • Clinical Alerts are placed in the plans to advise the clinical or student nurse of a serious event that requires immediate action.
  • Clinical Alert Reports are a list of clinical observations or findings that are communicated to the novice or student nurses and/or medical assistants before they begin care that needs to be monitored for. Changes in status need to be reported in a timely and sometimes urgent fashion.
  • Carp’s Cues notes from the author to emphasize a certain principle of care.
  • STAR (stop, think, act, review) is an evidence-based model to help the nurse assess a situation prior to intervening and to evaluate the response after acting.
  • SBAR (situation, background, assessment, recommendation) is a framework for clearly, consistently, and succinctly communicating pertinent information among health care professionals.
  • Transition to Home/Community Care addresses the assessment of risk factors that increase the likelihood that transition will be delayed or that problems may occur at home that can complicate recovery or cause readmission to the acute care agency.
  • Transitional Risk Assessment Plan (TRAP) certain factors in individual clients increase their risk for complications as falls, infections, and pressure ulcers.
  • Rationale evidence based rationales and guidelines included in interventions

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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This title assists nurses and students in organizing collaborative care in the acute care setting. One unique feature is the inclusion of family-centered care along with individual care....
New to this edition is a nursing care plan template which students just learning could find very useful."

-- Linda Connelly, PhD, MSH, ARNP, CNOR (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)Doody's Review


Written for both practicing and student nurses. It is also promoted as a care planning resource for healthcare institutions. The author shows her expertise by updating and augmenting her ongoing work related to nursing diagnosis.

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