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New Sigma book uses unfolding case studies to help nursing students prepare for NCLEX

Unfolding Health Assessment Case Studies for the Student Nurse is a practical, straightforward study tool for health assessment courses and the NCLEX.

Early 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

Cover for Unfolding Health Assessment Case Studies for the Student NurseINDIANAPOLIS—Critical thinking can mean the difference between keeping a patient safe or putting a patient in harm’s way. In this new title from Sigma Nursing, authors Kristi Maynard and Andrea Adimando fill a gap in health assessment education that will help teach student nurses how to evaluate their patients using unfolding case studies that require the student to think critically every step of the way.

Unfolding Health Assessment Case Studies for the Student Nurse is a practical, straightforward study tool for health assessment courses and the NCLEX. Where traditional case studies present all the information up front and the patient’s status is predetermined, an unfolding case study evolves as the student reads through the case. This more closely mirrors the real-life situations students will find themselves in when they enter the profession. This book will not only enhance health assessment knowledge and skills, it will increase a student’s comfort level with analyzing patient scenarios and provide opportunities to practice and apply course material. Each chapter concludes with a worksheet to self-evaluate as well as NCLEX-style questions.

“When COVID-19 hit and we were forced to move our curriculum online, I saw peers scrambling to find quality cases to use include the rigor of their online classes. Unfolding cases were sought in particular because of their complexity and interactive format,” said author Kristi Maynard. “I believe this will be a continued trend in nursing education as more programs move online and clinical sites are limited.”

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This book is available to purchase at

Unfolding Health Assessment Case Studies for the Student Nurse
By Kristi Maynard, EdD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, and Andrea Adimando, DNP, MSN, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, BCIM
Published by Sigma, 2020
ISBN-13: 9781948057677
EPUB ISBN: 9781948057684
PDF ISBN: 9781948057691
MOBI ISBN: 9781948057707
Price: US $44.95
Trade paperback, 256 pages
Trim size: 6x9

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.

About Sigma:
The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 100 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 550 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Eswatini, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales.

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