THINK Like a Nurse: Practical Preparation for Professional Practice

Regain Your Confidence as a Nursing Student.

Are you a nursing student who is:
  • Overwhelmed due to content overload
  • Fear that you do not know what content you are studying is most important to bedside practice
  • Anxious that you will not pass the NCLEX and not sure if you are being well prepared for professional practice

  • THINK Like a Nurse! helps the brand new nurse understand how to prioritize what actions are most critical and puts those concepts into clear, logical, and useable steps. I will be using this book for all my new grads transitioning into practice.” Willi Ellison, MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, Nurse Residency Coordinator, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • “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, Azusa Pacific University, California

What's Inside.
  • Contextualizes NEED to know content to the bedside as well as how to think like a nurse using clinical reasoning!
  • Practical strategies to care for multiple patients, set priorities and much more derived from Keith's 30+ years of clinical experience!
  • Emphasizes application of content as well as reflection through questions at the end of each chapter.
  • Supported by more than 200 references and reviewed by six nursing faculty, including a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).
  • Flow follows the natural progression of students (Practical/RN) from pre-nursing/fundamental all the way to graduation!

16 chapters divided in four parts. Each has a unique emphasis that makes it possible to integrate transformational change which will strengthen student learning and facilitate transition to practice!
  • 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 student’s 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. This 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. This 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? Keith answers 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.