A nurse's 'Ode to a Care Plan'
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC
Ode to a Care Plan
Oh, canned core care plans,
I so despise you,
There's no way I can personalize you!
Vomiting pages that never cease,
What nurse has time to read “War and Peace”? (… for EVERY resident!)
Really, 27 interventions for risk of fall?
I could use one or two; but not these all.
No wonder the staff just drop jaw stare,
When surveyors ask “What's the plan of care?”
So let's be wise and choose just what we need,
Don't let the monster unleash its deed.
Like a diner menu, you don't order all (at least I hope not!),
Just order what's needed — the big and small.
Pick the few interventions you need,
The rest remain there.
In that electronic monster, We call the core plans of care.
You will be happy, your residents too,
Instead of a hundred pages, you'll have just a few!
The Real Nurse Jackie is written by Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC, an APEX Award of Excellence winner for Blog Writing. Vance is a real life long-term care nurse. A nationally respected nurse educator and past national LTC Nurse Administrator of the Year, she also is an accomplished stand-up comedienne. She has not starred in her own national television series — yet. The opinions supplied here are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of her employer or her professional affiliates