The nursing process is the essential core of practice for registered nurses, independent of what field of nursing you have chosen. You learn it in nursing school and use it until you are no longer practicing. It is designed to train nurses how to develop a nursing care plan through critical thinking. Over the years it becomes a routine way of problem solving, but it is sometimes good to go back to the basics to remember the ground work. The focus of this article is to review the steps of the nursing process when faced with a complication, using our critical thinking skills.