Studying Using the LATTE Method
The Straight A Nursing LATTE Method © was designed to help nursing students focus in on the KEY information needed to successfully care for patients in clinical, on case studies, and during exams.
This format is an excellent way to study for Med Surg, Peds, OB and even Mental Health. It keeps you focused on the nurse’s role and provides a systematic way to think through diseases and medical conditions.
L: How will the patient LOOK?
Beyond just what you see with your eyes, what do you notice about this patient? How do they present, what are their main complaints? What do you see, hear, smell, notice about them? Basically, what are their signs and symptoms.
A: What ASSESSMENTS will you conduct?
What are your priority nursing assessments for a patient with this condition?
T: What TESTS will be ordered?
This includes lab tests, imaging studies and any other diagnostic tests the MD/NP/PA will order. How do you prepare the patient for the test? Any other special considerations?
T: What TREATMENTS will be provided?
What treatments the MD/NP/PA order for this patient? What nursing interventions will you perform?
E: How will you EDUCATE the patient?
What does the patient (or family) need to know about their disease or medical condition?
You can write these up on your own, or use my template which you can download for free here.
Want to get a more thorough walk through of this framework? Hit play on this video!
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