EDUCATOR-Teach Students to THINK Like a Nurse


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Your guidebook for preparing students for real-world practice, Teach Students to Think Like a Nurse provides a clear method for teaching clinical judgment.

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Your guidebook for preparing students for real-world practice, Teach Students to Think Like a Nurse provides a clear method for teaching students clinical judgment. This textbook offers a set of innovative tools that transform the way you teach, including a medication guide, a sample patient assessment form, a care planning map, worksheets, and clinical case studies that engage students, allowing them to practice what they’ve learned to develop clinical judgment essential to safe practice and licensure.

    • 300+ page text that makes teaching practical so students can apply knowledge in the class and clinical settings.
    • Clinical case studies derived from nursing practice engage students, allowing them to apply and practice clinical reasoning to develop clinical judgment.
    • Deepen understanding of what is most important with student worksheets on pharmacology, F&E, and pathophysiology.


“Keith writes in the same fashion that he practices nursing; with excellence, passion, and a pure unadulterated fervor for the profession. Keith generously shares his nursing knowledge and lived experiences within the context of evidence-based knowledge and practices, while simultaneously urging the reader to self-examine his or her individual and collective commitment to the profession. This provocative book provides a deep dive into the clinical practices of nursing and helps each and every one of us to think and act more like a nurse!”

–Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Nurse Consultant for Ascend Learning-ATI Nursing Education

“Teach Students to THINK Like a Nurse provides nursing faculty with a much-needed “how to” formula for contextualizing classroom content so that it is situated in clinical practice. Thus, classroom and clinical content become better integrated and clinical reasoning is strengthened. In addition, the book challenges long held beliefs and assumptions about the value of NANDA as a diagnostic tool, the need to shift from a focus on critical thinking to clinical reasoning, and the impact of incivility on nursing education. The call for transformation in nursing education continues!”

–Carol Huston, MSN, MPA, DPA, FAAN, Former President, Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing

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Teaching the Art of Nursing

  • Clinical Dilemma Case Study: Anxiety or Spiritual Distress? Practice the art of nursing with this dilemma that emphasizes the importance of holistic care.

Teaching the Applied Sciences

  • Worksheet: Medications to Master. Blank worksheet that uses the “Pharm. 5” questions to guide student learning of what is most important.
  • Worksheet: Lab Planning. Blank worksheet guides student learning of most important lab data and develops a lab plan-of-care by identifying essential nursing assessments for relevant abnormal labs.

Teaching Clinical Reasoning

  • Template: Clinical Reasoning Questions to Develop Nurse Thinking. The foundational tool to develop clinical reasoning in students. This template can be the primary care planning tool for advanced clinical instead of a traditional care plan.

Teaching in Clinical

  • Template: Deep Learning of What’s Most Important in Clinical. Prepares students for your clinical rotation by identifying the meds, labs, problems, complications, and nursing skills that need to be known.
  • Worksheet: Patient Preparation. Simplified clinical prep tool for advanced students. It’s just like the worksheet I use in my clinical practice.

Pearls from Clinical Educators

  • Quick Medication Guide: Concise summary of major pharm classes to help students quickly grasp the most common classes and the prefixes/suffixes they have in common. Contributed by Nancy Delmont.
  • Patient Assessment Form. Guide that highlights physical assessment and resultant care priorities. Great for clinical education with beginning students. Contributed by Patricia Pence.
  • Care Web: Concept map format of care planning that will help students make needed connections between clinical data. Contributed by Claudette Abounader.

Teaching in the Classroom

  • Template: Transform My Lecture. Word doc. quickly identifies eight essential components of a concise need-to-know presentation.
  • Heart Failure Clinical Reasoning 1-2-3. Three clinical reasoning case studies on heart failure. Complete with PDF of blank student version and fully-developed answer key.

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 12.5 × 9.5 × 0.75 in

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