Critical thinking can be the difference between keeping patients safe and putting them in harm’s way. But as a student nurse, you may find that mastering these skills is challenging, and you may lack confidence in assessing your patient’s health.
Case studies are beneficial, but some are more effective than others. Traditionally, they present information upfront, and your patient’s status is predetermined. But that isn’t realistic as your patient’s health can take an unexpected turn. Unfolding case studies provide new information while you read, teaching you to think critically and apply what you learned in nursing school to real-life situations you’ll face on the job.
Authors Kristi Maynard and Andrea Adimando created Unfolding Health Assessment Case Studies for the Student Nurse as a practical, straightforward study tool for your health assessment class and the NCLEX.
Ancillary materials for this book— including a sample chapter, quiz, and faculty resource guide— are available to download for free on the Sigma Repository.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction to the Unfolding Case Study
- Chapter 2: Introduction to the Nursing Process
- Chapter 3: Answering NCLEX-Style Questions
- Chapter 4: Assessment Considerations for the Geriatric Patient
- Chapter 5: Assessment Considerations for the Pediatric Patient
- Chapter 6: Neurological Anomalies
- Chapter 7: Cardiovascular and Vascular Anomalies
- Chapter 8: Respiratory Anomalies
- Chapter 9: Gastroenterological Anomalies
- Chapter 10: Genitourinary and Sexual Health
- Chapter 11: Dermatological Anomalies
- Chapter 12: Head and Neck Anomalies
- Chapter 13: Assessment of the Transgender Patient
- Appendix: Practice Test
Praise for: Unfolding Health Assessment Case Studies for the Student Nurse
“This book is a must-have resource for health assessment educators and their students. Utilizing this text, students will be challenged to apply health assessment concepts and develop important critical-thinking skills. The use of unfolding case studies with NCLEX-style practice questions is extremely useful and can be effective both inside and outside the classroom. This will be a well-loved and dog-eared text on many a bookshelf for years to come.”
–Maryanne Davidson, DNSc, APRN, CPNP Dean, St. Vincent’s College Sacred Heart University
“The authors reveal both the complexity and correlations among the many courses required for entry into our profession. Within the soft pages of this book, they have managed to synthesize anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, physical examination, and nursing management while sprinkling NCLEX questions throughout the 13 chapters. This little gem is a gift to soon-to-be graduates as they prepare for their professional career.”
–Linda Honan, PhD, CNS-BC, RN, ANEF, FAAN Professor, Yale School of Nursing
About the Authors
KRISTI MAYNARD, EdD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Quinnipiac University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate nursing students in the areas of health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.
ANDREA ADIMANDO, DNP, MSN, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, BCIM, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Southern Connecticut State University, where she teaches health assessment to BSN and MSN students.