Nursing Process

1550 Words Oct 15th, 2011 7 Pages
The nursing process: A help or a hindrance to contemporary nursing practice.


The nursing process is the core for the nursing care plan and enables one to think like a nurse. It was based on the theory developed by Ida Jean Orlanda in 1950’s where she observed good and bad nursing practices (Faust, 2002). The nursing process is important as it is a systematic problem solving approach which involves the partnership with both the patient and their family. It serves as an important tool to improve practice, quality care and promote good health (Potter and Anne, 1992). In this essay, the four stages of the nursing process will be described and if this is a help or a hindrance to the contemporary nursing process will be
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Dingwal et al (1988) , has pointed out the significance of the care plan and the importance of the nursing plan to be utilised as the management tool to provide high quality care. A well written care plan, shows the identifies the problems that needs to be worked upon and a patient will feel more at ease if they know exactly what needs to be done and how it will be achieved , thus meeting their individual needs( Kemp and Richardson, 1994). However there has been conflicting views, regarding writing the care plans. Questions have also been raised regarding the nursing process and if it’s increasing the workload of nurses (Walton, 1986). Some nurses believe that the care plan has been the major barrier to the implementation of the nursing process. The care plans were regarded as an unnecessary task to be filled at the end when time permitted them to do so, and were thought done for administrative and not practical purposes (De la Cuesta, 1988). Various studies conducted has proved the implementation of the nursing process to be difficult ( de la cuesta, 1983; Buckenham and McGrath, 1983; Bowman et al, 1983; Melia, 1987 and Dingwall et al. 1988). On the other hand though, some authors have stated that the disappointment of the nursing process might be attributed to take into account of the fundamental nature of nursing work in complex organisations such as contemporary hospitals (De la Cuesta, 1983;
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