Case Studies

Expertly crafted case studies for active learning, emphasizing clinical judgment to better prepare students for practice and licensure including Next Gen NCLEX®.

Prepare your students for real-world practice.

Case studies remain the most effective learning tool for teaching practice-based professions because they contextualize theoretical content, allowing students to apply their knowledge to the bedside.

New COVID-19 Case Studies

Five new case studies cover clinical dilemmas, ICU transfer, nursing priorities and more.

SKINNY Reasoning

Concise case studies to bring clinical realities to class every time you teach!

Clinical Reasoning 1-2-3

Three concise case studies using same scenario that integrate clinical reasoning & holistic care.

UNFOLDING Reasoning

Higher level of complexity & length with change of status, best suited for the advanced student.

How to PRACTICE the MOST Important Skill Your Students Must Develop

  • Thinking like a nurse is the most important skill that students must develop. But just like any skill taught, it also needs to be PRACTICED.
  • Case studies remain one of the most effective tools to teach a practice-based profession because it contextualizes abstract textbook content to the bedside and should be the foundation of active learning in the classroom.
  • Depending on the level of your students, choose the case study format that will engage them with relevant active learning to help them think like a nurse and better prepare them for real-world practice!

How to Level Clinical Reasoning Across Your Curriculum

  • Start with SKINNY Reasoning, then Clinical Reasoning 1-2-3 for short case studies to use in class or clinical post-conference
  • UNFOLDING Reasoning is for ADVANCED students because of its complexity, but then UNFOLDS with a change of status. Ideal for clinical replacement activities or simulation!

Most educators struggle to engage students and get them to be willing partners in the learning process. These case studies are unique because they emphasize the nurse thinking skill of clinical reasoning using my practice based model derived from Dr. Chris Tanner and Dr. Patricia Benner’s work on clinical judgment and clinical reasoning.

But like Mikey in the old Life cereal commercials, students like it! Here’s what one student had to say…

“I LOVED the way your case study was taught and structured. It was incredibly helpful to look at it from a real life scenario and made it much easier to remember and think critically about what we were learning.”
–Monica F., SN

Educators also like them…

“Your clinical reasoning case studies help students to apply information and look at the big picture. I had so much fun teaching using this approach and I didn’t see anyone nodding off in the back of the class!”
–Janet Miller, MA, RN

As a nurse educator who remains current in clinical practice, I developed a practical and sequential model that helps students clinically reason, understand and apply essential content where it matters most…to the bedside of patient care! The scenarios are derived from my lens of current practice that capture the essence of the most common themes seen in clinical practice and make powerful examplars for conceptual curriculum.

Each case study comes complete with:

  • Blank student version (writable PDF doc.)
  • Fully developed answer key supported by the literature (PDF doc.)