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.