Nursing Process Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

The nursing process is very important for nurses to critically think about how to help patients. Your students will learn about the nursing process as they watch a video and create nursing process flowcharts.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the nursing process
  • identify what ADPIE stands for
  • explain each step in the nursing process


1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.


Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.


Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.


  • Start the lesson by telling your students that nurses are very helpful with treating patients that have injuries and diseases. There is a process that nurses follow in order to know what is going on that they will learn in the video: Nursing Process: Purpose and Steps.
  • Start the video from the beginning and pause it for the first time at 2:07 to ask and discuss the following:
    • What is the nursing process?
    • What does ADPIE stand for?
    • What is assessing?
    • What is the difference between objective and subjective data?
  • Continue playing the video and pause it again at 3:41 to ask and discuss the following:
    • What is diagnosing?
    • How is a nursing diagnosis different from a medical diagnosis?
    • What is planning?
    • Why should the patient be involved in the planning part of the process?
  • Continue playing the video and pause it again at 5:40 to ask and discuss the following:
    • What is implementing?
    • What are some common nursing interventions?
    • What is evaluating?
    • What should be done if the evaluation proves that the problem has not been resolved?
    • What should be done if the evaluation proves that the problem was resolved?
  • Play the remainder of the video for your students and answer any questions they may have at this point.

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