here are several links that you should find helpful. also, there is some software out there to help you make a care map. i have mosby's nursing concept map creator
but i don't particularly like it. one of the links i've given you is an online concept map constructor that you can use for free. also, there is a book on the market that explains how a care map is put together. i have a copy of this book and i like the way the author has presented the material. it's called concept mapping: a critical-thinking approach to care planning
by pamela mchugh schuster, published by f.a. davis and costs about $26.
- this is a nice explanation about what concept mapping is with an example of what one looks like and how it is put together.
- the concept mapping homepage. explains what a concept map is
- there are links to samples of several student care maps in the posts on this older thread on allnurses.
since i sense you are already concerned about this care plan writing business, i would urge you to read about the nursing process. a care plan follows the 5 steps of the nursing process. if you have a care plan book, or you can often find one or two in a library, you want to pay particular attention to the beginning chapter(s) which usually have a discussion about the nursing process. they are often only a few pages long. however, this is important information that pretty much sums up what you are supposed to know and understand at the end of your nursing course. care mapping is nothing more than a different physical format of presenting a care plan. the underlying concept of the nursing process, however, is still very much at the very heart of each and every care map. so, you have got to know what it is and what is involved in every step.
allnurses has two "sticky" threads in two different nursing student forums on care plans where you can also find information. there isn't a lot of information on care maps there, but my experience has been that students who are taught how to care map have a much better understanding of the nursing process and how all the pieces of assessment, outcomes and interventions all fit together. also, there are two links you can access that are attached to the bottom of every one of my posts. they are forms that all members of allnurses are free to download, print and use if you think they will be a help to you as you are learning to assess patients and write care plans.
for help with writing care plans see:
good luck to you as you start your 3rd semester! welcome to