Sample Nursing Paper on effective professional nursing care for adult patients


The purpose of this assignment is to help students build communication skills, utilize evidence‐based research relevant to nursing practice, and apply concepts of safety and quality in nursing care of adults. The goals of this assignment are to:

  • foster teamwork and collaboration through effective communication
  • Utilize research evidence to promote safe and quality nursing care for adults in acute care

Course outcomes: This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:

CO 1. Provide effective professional nursing care for adult patients and their families in acute care settings using the nursing process. (PO#1)

CO 3. Demonstrate effective communication skills necessary for collaboration with other health care team members and for providing professional nursing care to adult patients and their families. (PO #3)

CO 4. Apply critical thinking strategies to make good clinical decisions in the adult patient clinical setting. (PO#4)

CO 8. Utilize nursing research literature while providing care to adult patients and their families in acute care settings. (PO #8)


Due date: Your faculty member will inform you when this assignment is due. The Late Assignment Policy applies to this assignment.

Total points possible: 100 points

Preparing the assignment

The student group must develop a case study based on an actual or potential clinical‐based situation on the adult health topics presented during the 8‐week session. The student group must present the topic and literature for the case scenario.


Students must include the following information in the case study presentation:

  1. Health History – age, gender, ethnicity, past and current medical history, chief complaint, and history of present illness on
  2. Laboratory/Diagnostic Testing – describe the diagnostic tests ordered/completed, pertinent results (including normal and abnormal ranges), and rationales for the use of each diagnostic test.
  3. Collaborative Management – provide list of medications, treatments, dietary prescriptions, and procedures that have been ordered, administered, completed, and/or pending. Additionally, provide an overview of members of the healthcare team involved in managing the care of the person and family and the interdisciplinary goals that have been set. Briefly list the role of the team member in the patient’s care and the ways in which the nurse collaborates to meet the interdisciplinary
  4. Nursing management – using the nursing process, develop two plans of care ‐ 1 related to one priority physiological nursing diagnosis and 1 related to one priority psychosocial nursing diagnosis. Please include the following information in each plan of care:
    • Priority nursing diagnosis
    • short and 1 long‐term goal
    • to 5 nursing interventions with rationale statements,
    • to 5 evaluative statements based on interventions, and
    • A minimum of 3 potential patient education needs for


Assignment Submission Requirements:

  • Students must receive approval from the faculty on the selected topic for the case study presentation The faculty will facilitate selection of topics during class.
  • Each student in the group must contribute to the development of the case study
  • Each student groupmust submit a typed paper containing the Health History, Laboratory/diagnostic testing, and collaborative management elements of the case study. This should be no longer than 1-2 pages.
  • Each student group mustsubmit a typed plan of care addressing the priority physiological nursing diagnosis and a typed plan of care addressing the priority psychological nursing diagnosis.  Student Groups may choose to submit a concept map for each priority nursing diagnoses instead of the care plan.  If the group chooses to use a concept map, it must incorporate the same information required for the plans of care.
  • Each student group must submit a reference list with each member’s nursing care plan or concept map, formatted according to APA 7TH A minimum of at least three (3) references are required for this assignment. Student must cite at least two (2) research or evidence‐based practice (EBP) sources. All resources must be within 5 years of publication.
  • Each student group is required to develop and present a 15 minute presentation on a topic from the case study, the plan of care or the concept map. Each group presentation will all an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers relevant to the content of the presentation and/or the clinical