STUDENT – THINK Like a Nurse! Practical Preparation for Professional Practice (2nd Ed.)


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A textbook for students preparing for real-world practice, Think Like a Nurse provides a clear method for learning clinical judgment.

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Most students struggle to put the clinical picture together and think like a nurse! This unique textbook prepares nursing students for real-world practice by helping them understand what content is most important to nursing practice and provides clear methods and practical strategies for learning to develop clinical judgment. Includes a set of active learning tools that transform the way students learn, including case studies, worksheets, and quick reference guides.

    • 300-page text for nursing students, which emphasizes a practice-based approach so students can apply their learnings immediately.
    • Clinical case studies engage students, allowing them to practice what they’ve learned and develop critical thinking skills.
    • A quick medication guide, sample patient assessment form, and care planning map make learning active, so students retain the knowledge gained.


“I’ve referred to this book countless times throughout nursing school and I know it will be a great reference as I go along in my career.  Every time I have re-looked at it, I see new things or I see them with a different perspective.  Your book has helped me to recognize my own personal growth. It has been the most foundational book in all of my nursing education thus far.”

— Natalie, student nurse, California

“THINK Like a Nurse provides relevant information in an easy-to-read, clear, and focused manner along with helpful advice from an expert nurse and teacher. This book is a powerful resource for nursing students. They can read/review this book each semester and subsequently improve their ability to ‘think like a nurse’ with each clinical experience as they progress through their nursing program and even their first year of nursing practice.” 

— Shirlee J. Snyder, EdD, RN, Co-author of Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing

“In nursing education there is the ideal we strive for and the real world of current clinical realities. There rarely exists a resource that bridges the two so honestly and powerfully as ‘Think Like a Nurse.’ In nursing education we strive to impart knowledge, but knowledge without wisdom and insight will leave the student nurse struggling to integrate the art of nursing into practice. I recommend this book to nurse educators, nursing students, and anyone who wants to deeply understand the profession of nursing.”

— Karla Larson, PhD, MSN, RN, Associate Professor

Additional Information

Part I: Is Nursing for You?

(Pre-nursing/fundamental Students)

  • Do you have what it takes to be a nurse? Simple quiz with reflections that get to the heart of successful nursing. Identify areas of weakness so students can convert them to a strength!
  • How to thrive, not merely survive while a student. Practical principles that will help decrease student stress and anxiety while a student.

Part II: Preparing for Practice

(First-Year Students)

  • How to integrate the art of nursing into students’ practice. Help your students see the patient, not just the tasks to provide authentic, holistic care.
  • Two questions that must be asked to every student in the clinical setting to help develop caring and the art of nursing.
  • Students are members of a profession. Defining and explaining incivility is clearly presented so students can live out the values and ethics of the nursing profession.
  • What is the most important thing students must know about every medication administered? The short answer: The mechanism of action. My book explains why.
  • What lab values are most important? Create a plan of care around a relevant abnormal lab value. This is a practical nurse thinking skill that is not taught in most textbooks. My book explains how and why.

Part III: Essentials of Clinical Practice

(Capstone/Advanced Students)

  • How to think like a nurse. There are four specific ways a nurse must think to provide safe care and set priorities at the bedside. Do your students know what they are?
  • Why clinical reasoning is the essence of nurse thinking. If emphasized and integrated, it also will help bring transformation to your program! Your students will be prepared for practice when they deeply understand this nurse thinking skill.
  • How to think like a nurse in 12 sequential steps. Learn and apply my unique strategy to simplify this essential nurse thinking skill in the clinical setting.
  • How does an experienced nurse perform a head-to-toe assessment? How does a nurse juggle competing priorities and manage time with multiple patients? How can you communicate effectively with a physician in the middle of the night? I answer these questions, and more!

Part IV: Starting Your Nursing Career

(Capstone/New Graduate)

  • How to help students get their first position after they pass the NCLEX®. How do you nail your interview to make the best impression?
  • What does it take to progress and become an expert nurse? How does a nurse lead and be an effective charge nurse if this role is expected?
  • Pearls of Practice from experienced nurses and physicians to guide and strengthen your development as a new nurse.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 9 × 1 in

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