My medsurg concept maps have to be done in addition to 4 care plans per patient so it's very redundant. The same info goes into the care plans and concept map. If they want to see how the diagnoses relate I will arrange my printed care plans on the instructors desk so I don't have to do another time killer of an assignment.
I think concept mapping was one of the best and only positive things I ever did in clinicals. It really shows the links between things. I'd love to show how a REAL concept map should be done if anyone wants to PM me. The connections become so very obvious and the plan of care is extremely thorough when done right.
I see many of my peers do concept maps and do just the required minimum (which to them seems like a lot of work). I, on the other hand, having been a practicing LPN for several years approach the concept map with a more in depth assessment. At one point, for fun, I started tacking "critical thinking" blurbs in free-floating text boxes to anticipate pt needs, doctor orders, and clarify pt teachings and therapeutic communications.
Seriously, concept mapping, is the only thing I've really enjoyed during my clinicals.
Concept maps are for the weak-minded. They are supposed to help you "see the big picture" but for 99% of nursing students are a waste of time. I'm glad to be done with them for good!
I beg to differ. I was against concept maps for the longest time.
When you actually create a concept map for the patho of a disease process you can start understanding why interventions are required. You understand why you had to do it, rather than "because the book said so".
The first time I did a concept map on my own was on my last medsurge 2 exam. I kinda wish I did it more, grades probably would have been alot higher because I understood the whole disease and how it is connected with other morbidities
I love concept maps. Although I was told they'd help, I dragged my feet for a semester-and-a-half before I finally started using them. My exam grades went from ~85% to 93%+ since I started using them. Plus I retain the information. Not everyone finds concept maps to be the invaluable study tool I find them to be...different strokes for different folks! I think saying that concept maps are for the "weak-minded" is a rather small-minded comment.