concept maps based on condition not patient

  1. ok so im confused if what i am looking for is called a concept map or not. Our dean showed us a map for HTN that covered s/s nic noc meds everything nice and neat on 1 page. I would love to be able to think that way but im super linear, so i tried with CHF but made more like a chart and well...not so pretty!! Im looking for a book or online resourse that shows this type of thinking for conditions. I have used the mapping with NANDAS and basic patient care plan in map form but what i am intersted in is more a study tool for med surg. any help with locating what these maps are called and if there is a place i can find them would be greatly appreicated
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  3. by   emerjensee
    When doing a 'concept map' in LPN school it looked more like this: In which case I would simply google the main patho dx and get information for reputable sources:

    But in RN school it was based off nursing Dx and laid out interventions for those. I just got a Nursing Care plan book from Barnes and Noble or amazon to help guide which Dx and interventions I would choose:

    Edit: Sorry for such an abnoxiously large picture

    Nursing Care Plans: Diagnoses, Interventions, and Outcomes, 7e: Meg Gulanick, Judith L. Myers: 9780323065375: Books

    Last edit by emerjensee on May 2, '13 : Reason: Add note
  4. by   Esme12
    Concept Mapping Homepage
    How to construct a concept map.
    Concept Mapping

    These are really helpful links.....I am not a big fan of can also purchase care map software.

    here is an example.....NUR 421_CONCEPT MAP PROJECT_CHF
  5. by   sassynerd
    Thank you for the links Esme! May I ask why you are not a fan of them? Our school only wants us to use these and incorporate them in our learning. I have yet to find them useful myself and end up making flashcards, my own outline and notes of a chapter and some drawings at times. I hear they are widely used and we need to turn in maps as homework points. Just wondering your thoughts on this and anyone else can chime in too!
  6. by   Esme12
    I guess I am just too anal retentive...I find them visually disorganized...messy. I like things neatly laid out in a structure form. All the arrows and little boxes just seem disorganized to me. I know they contain the same information as a care plan but for me...I find them disorganized and difficult to follow.

    The only care map like format that I see in real nursing are organizational charts and the ACLS/PALS protocols.