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  1. Tucker, Denise A. MSN, CCRN, RN
  2. Flannery, Jeanne DSN, ARNP, CNRN, CRR


Written nursing care plans are designed to focus students on individualizing nursing care, which promotes critical thinking and decision making. In actual practice, emphasis has shifted from care plans toward standards of care. The authors discuss a concise, simplified care plan format that includes both standards of care and collaborative problems. This plan of care is compatible with healthcare regulations and requires less time to produce and evaluate.