Nursing Care Plans, 7th Edition

Nursing Care Plans, 7th Edition


The most comprehensive nursing care planning book available, Nursing Care Plans, 7th Edition features more than 200 care plans covering the most common medical-surgical nursing diagnoses and clinical problems. As in past editions, authors Meg Gulanick and Judith Myers meticulously updated content to ensure it reflects the most current clinical practice and professional standards in nursing, while still retaining the easy-to-use, reader-friendly format that make this book so unique. Functioning as two books in one, it provides you with both a collection of 68 nursing diagnosis care plans to use as starting points for creating individualized care plans and a library of 143 disease-specific care plans for medical-surgical conditions most frequently encountered in nursing practice.

  • Includes the most extensive array of care plans found in any nursing care planning book, with 68 nursing diagnosis care plans and 143 disease/disorder/procedure care plans, for a total of 211.
  • An introductory chapter explains essential concepts such as the components of a care plan, NIC and NOC classification systems, and how to create a care plan.
  • Pre-formatted nursing diagnosis care plans include a NANDA definition, a brief explanation of the diagnosis, related NOC outcomes and NIC interventions, related factors, defining characteristics, expected outcomes, ongoing assessment, and therapeutic interventions.
  • Pre-formatted disorders care plans include synonyms for the disorder (for ease in cross referencing), a clear and succinct definition of the disorder, related factors, defining characteristics, expected outcomes, NIC interventions and NOC outcomes, ongoing assessment, and therapeutic interventions for each relevant nursing diagnosis.
  • Eye-catching icons differentiate between dependent and independent interventions to help you better understand how to function in collaboration with the healthcare team.
  • An Online Care Plan Constructor on the companion Evolve website includes all 68 nursing diagnoses care plans in the text, enabling you to customize care plans for an individual patient. In addition, 25 pre-formatted bonus medical-surgical care plans are provided for viewing online or printing.
  • Updated content incorporates the latest evidence-based data and best practice guidelines to help you provide the highest quality nursing care.
  • Revised and expanded rationales include explanations for nursing interventions to help you understand what the nurse does and why.
  • Expanded and more specific outcome statements for each nursing diagnosis help you develop measurable patient outcomes.
  • New content on patient safety and preventable complications addresses national initiatives and discusses the nurse's responsibility in preventing complications such as falls, pressure ulcers, infections, etc. QSEN competencies are integrated throughout.
  • 11 new disorder care plans include:

  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Hemodialysis
  • Breast Reduction
  • Pelvic Relaxation Disorder
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Psoriasis
  • 6 new nursing diagnoses care plans include:

  • Impaired Dentition
  • Disturbed Energy Field
  • Readiness for Enhanced Immunization
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Post-Trauma Syndrome
  • Relocation Stress Syndrome

Section 1: Using Nursing Care Plans to Individualize and Improve Care

Section 2: Nursing Diagnosis Care Plans

Activity Intolerance

Ineffective Airway Clearance

Latex Allergy Response


Risk for Aspiration

Disturbed Body Image

Bowel Incontinence

Ineffective Breathing Pattern

Decreased Cardiac Output

Impaired Verbal Communication

Chronic Confusion


Compromised Family Coping

Ineffective Coping

Impaired Dentition NEW!


Disturbed Energy Field NEW!

Risk for Falls

Interrupted Family Processes



Deficient Fluid Volume

Excess Fluid Volume

Impaired Gas Exchange


Complicated Grieving

Health-Seeking Behaviors

Ineffective Health Maintenance

Impaired Home Maintenance




Readiness for Enhanced Immunizations NEW!

Functional Urinary Incontinence

Reflex Urinary Incontinence

Stress Incontinence

Urge Urinary Incontinence

Risk for Infection


Decreased Intracranial Adaptive Capacity

Deficient Knowledge

Sedentary Lifestyle NEW!

Impaired Memory

Impaired Physical Mobility



Imbalanced Nutrition: Less Than Body Requirements

Imbalanced Nutrition: More Than Body Requirements

Impaired Oral Mucous Membrane

Acute Pain

Chronic Pain

Post-Trauma Syndrome NEW!


Rape Trauma

Relocation Stress Syndrome NEW!

Self-Care Deficit

Situational Low Self-Esteem

Disturbed Sensory Perception: Auditory

Disturbed Sensory Perception: Visual

Ineffective Sexuality Patterns

Risk for Impaired Skin Integrity

Spiritual Distress

Impaired Swallowing

Ineffective Therapeutic Regimen Management

Impaired Tissue Integrity

Ineffective Tissue Perfusion: Peripheral, Cardiopulmonary, Cerebral

Urinary Retention

Dysfunctional Ventilatory Weaning Response

Section 3: Cardiac and Vascular Care Plans

Acute Coronary Syndromes/Myocardial Infarction

Angina Pectoris, Stable

Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Coronary Bypass/Valve Surgery: Postoperative Care


Heart Failure, Chronic/Cardiomyopathy


Mitral Valve Prolapse


Percutaneous Balloon Valvuloplasty

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: PTCA, Atherectomy, Stents, Cardiac Catheterization

Peripheral Arterial Bypass: Postoperative Care

Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease, Chronic

Pulmonary Edema, Acute

Pulmonary Hypertension NEW!

Shock, Anaphylactic

Shock, Cardiogenic

Shock, Hypovolemic

Shock, Septic

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Venous Insufficiency, Chronic

Section 4: Pulmonary Care Plans

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)


Chest Trauma

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Cystic Fibrosis NEW!

Head & Neck Cancer

Lung Cancer

Mechanical Ventilation


Obstructive Sleep Apnea


Pneumothorax with Chest Tube

Pulmonary Thromboembolism

Respiratory Failure, Acute

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)*




Meg Gulanick, PhD, APRN, FAAN, Professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois and Judith L. Myers, RN, MSN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa


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