“I’ve been using Keith’s case studies for the past couple of years. The student’s love it, and our class time is much more productive. They score higher on their exams because of the “application.”
Rob Morris, RN, MSN , Nursing Faculty, College of the Sequoias, Vasalia, California
“I LOVED the way your clinical reasoning case studies were taught and structured. It made it much easier to remember and think critically about what we were learning.”
Monica Flis, RN
(Nursing student I taught who graduated 2012)
The NCLEX Just Got Harder!
Most of you now know that the NCLEX just got harder in 2013 and passing rates have dropped significantly across the country. Since the NCLEX assesses the ability of the nurse to make a correct clinical judgment based on clinical reasoning, if clinical reasoning is DEEPLY understood and applied to practice, you will be in a much better position to apply your knowledge to the clinical scenarios on the NCLEX and pass the first time. My workbooks emphasize application of knowledge and clinical reasoning. Therefore it will be a needed tool to help you pass the NCLEX, but more importantly prepare you for clinical professional practice!
Practice Nurse Thinking!
In order to gain needed proficiency with any new clinical skill while in nursing school, you need to PRACTICE that skill, until you became proficient. Can thinking be practiced like other clinical skills that are required for nursing care? It is my belief, that nurse thinking can be practiced as long as clinical reasoning is contextualized to a realistic clinical scenario.
Each of the 12 case studies in each workbook closely mirror the realities of clinical practice. In addition to the student worksheets for each scenario, I have developed a thorough, easy to read narrative answer key (NOT a textbook!) that is derived from my 30 years of clinical practice in a wide variety of settings including ED and ICU.
I have intentionally limited the number of clinically reasoning case studies to 12 in this workbook. Though there is an endless amount of med/surg CONTENT that must be mastered by the nurse, a more efficient way to learn new content is to master CONCEPTS of theory related to practice.
The most relevant concepts to practice are situated in these case studies including gas exchange, perfusion, F&E, infection, pain, and clinical judgment. Once these CONCEPTS are DEEPLY understood, the student can APPLY this knowledge to other clinical contexts!
Differences Between FUNDAMENTAL/RAPID/UNFOLDING Reasoning
The student would benefit by using both workbooks to promote learning because they complement one another. The RAPID level is ideal for contextualizing content during nursing education. UNFOLDING Reasoning builds on the same scenario but are more complex and situate a change of status. This level would best suited at the second year as it will prepare the student for practice as well as the NCLEX!
FUNDAMENTAL Reasoning (263 p.) Fundamental level that lays the foundation for more advanced clinical reasoning thinking. Emphasizes the importance of recognizing clinical relationships, what clinical data is most important, nursing priorities, and application of the applied sciences of A&P, F&E, and pharmacolgy.
RAPID Reasoning (281 p.) Intermediate level clinical reasoning case study that is best suited for first year nursing students, but can be used by advanced students/new nurse graduates as well. LEARN MORE…
UNFOLDING Reasoning (377 p.) is an advanced clinical reasoning case study that is best suited for second year nursing students, but can be used by new nurse graduates as well. LEARN MORE…
TABLE of CONTENTS for ALL Reasoning Case Study Workbooks
Unit 1: Fundamentals
Surgical Pain Management (1 of 2)
Unit 2: Cardiovascular System
Acute Coronary Syndrome/Myocardial Infarction
Heart Failure/Acute Renal Failure
Unit 3: Respiratory System
Pneumonia/Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Unit 4: Neurologic System
Cerebral Vascular Accident
Unit 5: Digestive System
Unit 6: Endocrine System
Diabetic Ketoacidosis/Chronic Renal Failure
Unit 7: Reproductive System
Unit 8: Synthesis Clinical Reasoning Case Studies
Narcotic Over Sedation/Cardiac Arrest (2 of 2)
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