Nursing students are faced with learning vast amounts of information, often with no context or prior healthcare experience to use as a point of reference. As such, students are essentially starting from scratch, and no assumptions about their level of baseline knowledge should be made. Recalling that novices rely on rules, it is important to make the rules as easy to understand as possible. To achieve this, I developed a simplified methodology for teaching students key information as it relates to specific disease processes.

The LATTE method guides the novice student to think through concepts in an organized and process-related format that can easily be explored in the classroom and applied in the clinical setting:

L: How will the patient LOOK? - This element of the LATTE method paints a picture of the signs and symptoms of a specific disease condition while helping students correlate pathophysiology with clinical findings.

A: How will you ASSESS this patient? This element of the LATTE framework prompts students to develop assessment plans specific to the patient’s pathophysiology.

T: What TESTS will be conducted? The “T” in LATTE guides the student to understand which tests and diagnostics are associated with the disease process. This increases the student’s ability to know which results to seek in the EMR and accelerates their proficiency in assigning significance to abnormal findings.

T: How is this condition TREATED? This component addresses which medications, MD-driven procedures, and nursing interventions are utilized to treat the condition.

E: What EDUCATION will you provide? The “E” in LATTE guides the student to reflect on which education components are most appropriate for the patient and family, while reminding him or her that teaching is a significant nursing role.

The LATTE method was a game-changer for helping me to truly understand the concepts we were going through in a way that made sense to me.” - Megan

“The LATTE method is so incredibly helpful.” - Mia

“The LATTE method really helps me picture the clinical scenario, which helps me remember everything better.” - Amanda