The purpose of this course is to assist the RN student to further refine and develop comprehensive and focused nursing assessment skills, clinical reasoning and judgment in clinical nursing practice. The collaborative role of the nurse to use critical thinking to assess, analyze, and recognize patients at risk for adverse health outcomes is examined. The nursing process will be used as framework to guide assessments, analysis, evidence-based interventions and to maximize safe outcomes for patients. Evidence-based early intervention strategies to promote safety and prevent critical incidents are discussed. A legal-ethical framework is used to examine a nurse's failure to intervene early with at risk patients.