DR. LINDA CAPUTI, an award winning nursing educator and nursing education consultant, has captured the essence of teaching students and nurses how to think like a nurse with this step-by-step approach to developing clinical judgment. WHY USE THIS BOOK Excellent patient outcomes is the number one goal for all healthcare providers, including nurses. Nurses contribute to improving patient outcomes through excellent nursing care using abilities such as predicting and managing potential complications and decreasing the failure to rescue rate. To meet the goal of excellent patient outcomes, nurses must learn how to think, specifically how to use clinical judgment. However, before a nurse can use clinical judgment, the nurse must first develop clinical judgment. This book does just that! "Think Like a Nurse: A Handbook" unlocks the mystery of thinking like a nurse by providing a step-by-step approach for developing clinical judgment. All nursing students and nurses can benefit from what this book presents. Finally! A book that teaches how to develop clinical judgment! WHO SHOULD USE THIS BOOK This book is written as a textbook for use in all levels of pre-licensed nursing education: LPN/LVN, Associate Degree, Baccalaureate Degree, and entry-level Master's Degree students. It can also be used in all RN-to-BSN programs as students revisit the process of developing clinical judgment then learn to apply clinical judgment in community health settings and management in health care. RN-to-BSN students can also use this information as they work with nursing students or orient new staff in the practice setting. This book is also an excellent resource for staff development educators and nurse preceptors as they work with new graduates and new nurse hires to expand their application of thinking as a staff nurse. Finally, this book is a critical element for all students enrolled in Master's in Nursing Education programs. Those being educated as faculty in nursing programs and as staff development educators must focus on teaching thinking if we are to meet the ultimate goal of improved patient outcomes through excellent nursing care.