AbstractComment from the Editor
Over the years we have had numerous requests to reprint this article which first appeared in 1989, volume 1, issue 2. The author, Connie Coralli, is no longer working in nursing, but she was happy to grant permission for us to reprint this timeless piece.
Effective case presentations are an important component of the nurse practitioner’s skills, yet very little literature exists to guide the development of this skill, and frequently little priority is given to teaching this skill during the education of the nurse practitioner. This report discusses the importance of effective case presentations, describes the organization of the presentation, and outlines the appropriate information to be included. The main components of a case presentation—introduction, history of the present illness, physical examination, diagnostic studies, differential diagnosis, management, and summary of the case—are discussed in detail. Examples of a formal and an informal case presentation are presented and used to illustrate key points in the text.