The nursing process is one of the most essential parts of any nursing practice, and it should not be taken lightly. Nurses require a strategy, as well as an understanding of the characteristics they are searching for before they can begin inspecting or caring for their patients.

Although this may be a simple procedure for some nursing students, other students may require multiple clinical rotations before this becomes ingrained in their brains. It is nevertheless important for student nurses to put in a significant amount of work to write an effective care plan. First and foremost, they must have a thorough understanding of the Nursing Process.

Throughout this article, we will discuss how and why the nursing process is vital at all phases of a person's life cycle, including newborn and pediatric care, adult and elder health, and end-of-life care, among other things.

In addition, we will discuss how different healthcare settings approach implementation in a variety of different ways.

In what stages does the nursing process take place?

The phrase "nursing process" is a broad term that may be construed in many different ways. Nursing care is perceived differently by different people. Some feel it is the process of providing care to medically vulnerable patients, while others say it is the way of planning and providing nursing care within a defined scope of practice.

As defined by the National Library of Medicine in the United States, “the nursing process, which is the most important tool for putting nursing knowledge into practice, is a systematic problem-solving method for determining the health care needs of a healthy or ill individual and for providing personalized care.” 

When it comes down to it, the nursing process refers to any series of activities taken by nurses throughout the delivery or supply of patient care, with the ultimate objective of achieving a practical outcome for both the patient and the nurse.

Nurses must be familiar with and adhere to the nursing process to offer the best possible care for a patient. The assessment, diagnosis, planning, execution, and evaluation phases are the most important components of this procedure.

What is the purpose of the nursing process?

The nursing process is one of the most essential parts of any nursing practice, and it should not be taken lightly. Nurses require a strategy, as well as an understanding of the characteristics they are searching for before they can begin inspecting or caring for their patients.

The first step is to examine the patient. This will assist them in determining what type of treatment they require and how much that care may cost. It also enables nurses to identify any difficulties or concerns that may exist while building a relationship with their patients.

Most nursing procedures are followed by a strategy for dealing with a specific disease or problem, such as medicine delivery or wound dressing changes. Other processes include assistance with meals and mobility exercises, among other things. Nurses frequently utilize checklists to ensure that all parts of a task have been completed before moving on to the next activity on the list to be completed.

Additionally, an order document specifying drugs recommended by doctors that must be provided while filling prescriptions at pharmacies or other sites away from the hospital may be present in addition to the prescriptions themselves (i.e., clinics).

In this scenario, the nurse will need to consult the order sheet to determine which drugs must be administered at a certain time and/or location.

Once this is completed, nurses will examine the patient's documentation and make any required updates to it, including information about the medications being administered (i.e., when it was given).

They may also check in on their patients frequently during rounds to ensure everything is going well — use recognized nurse assessment skills such as taking vital signs.

Several Nursing Procedures for Nurses

Patients in a variety of clinical settings, such as hospitals or physicians' offices, can benefit from the adoption of these five stages by nurses. They assist in ensuring that the assessments are accurate and that the plan is appropriate for the requirements of each individual being assessed.

The following are the five fundamental nursing steps, with additional in-depth descriptions provided beneath each one.

Examination of the patient's medical history and physical examination

Medical history is collected from the patient, and their respiratory, cardiovascular, neurologic, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems are all examined as part of the examination.

Assessment: This is the process of evaluating data to identify which interventions are required for a certain scenario or problem. It also entails taking into account other aspects, such as psychological requirements.

The development of plans: To cover all areas of the care necessary for each individual's condition or need is a critical step in the process.

Execution/Implementation Checklist: Actions are carried out by the plan developed in Step Three, while ensuring that everything is done efficiently and effectively, resulting in the provision of high-quality nursing care.

A checklist guarantees that no tasks are overlooked throughout the implementation process (for example, checking skin integrity).

Evaluation, Follow-Up, and Discharge Plan: Provides a high-level review of what is necessary for this process, as well as a high-level overview that may be used to identify areas that could be improved or eliminated.

These stages are discussed in detail in different clinical settings, such as hospitals or physicians' offices, to guarantee accurate assessments and suitable programs for individuals with a variety of medical conditions.

Who Was Involved in the Development of the Nursing Process?

In 1859, Florence Nightingale pioneered the use of the method in nursing. Louisa Alcott further improved the procedure in 1881, expanding it to include evaluation of the patient's nutritional condition and elimination pattern, as well as close observation for any symptoms of difficulties in these two areas, among other things.

The Function of Nurses

Nurses play a crucial role in this process because they are responsible for assessing patients before initiating treatment, such as giving medications, providing bedside care during examination or surgery, checking vital signs such as blood pressure and temperature; monitoring IV fluids continuously throughout the hospital stay while keeping records on intake and output, and monitoring IV fluids continuously throughout the hospital stay while keeping records on intake and output


In conclusion, adhering to correct processes while delivering care demonstrates respect for your job and guarantees the safety of yourself and everyone else engaged in the process. It can also assist in preventing mistakes from occurring as a result of an oversight by verifying that you have done all necessary procedures before proceeding.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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