Concept Maps?

  1. Our nursing school started concept mapping 2 years ago. I was wandering if anyone else has to do these, and if so...any help would be great. I honestly thought they are the same thing as a care plan...but in our school we have to do both.
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  3. by   shock-me-sane
    i have to do them. do you have a form already? do you do them before you care for the pt or after? do you have something specific that you don't understand about them?
  4. by   luv2shopp85
    Is a concept map the same thing as a maxi map? Can you please elaborate on the concept mapping please?
  5. by   suebird3
    If it is what I am thining of, yes, I have done one. Used WordPerfect, and took 3 pages. It is a "picture" of a careplan. Best I can describe. Fun, really. Shows how everything relates to one another, too.

  6. by   Imafloat
    I have had to do concept maps before. I have a website that has a free template on it if you need one. They were easier than they looked.
  7. by   Lylesmom
    All I know is that they told us we have to do them and that they are called concept maps. I know we have to do them after our assessment of the patient. We also have to do the head to toe assessment, the care plan, and a disease process paper that are all due the second day of our clinicals each week. Our clinicals are monday and tuesday, so all of that is due on tuesdays. they had a one day class about the care plans and concept maps, but I haven't actually done one yet and I was hoping some help with what all goes into them. just some sample one's or something. I am more of a visual learner and there wasn't much visuals that day. thanks
  8. by   shock-me-sane
    i attached a concept map from my first quarter. it isn't stellar by any means, but it may give you a bit of direction?
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  9. by   suebird3
    VERY different from the ones we did. Used rectangles, circles, triangles and such to link things in ours. Wish the disc didn't go kerfloot on me.....

  10. by   twinbee25
    I am surprised they didnt give you an visuals or samples. We have had to do concept maps all through nursing school. Our school at least gave us forms to follow.
    This last semester they added an addendum for us to do. Though hard at first, we finally got it down. I am sharing a concept map from my 3rd semester, and also a concept map with accompaning addendum from this past semester.

    hope this helps!

    p.s. I blacked out any possible identifying facts.
    Last edit by twinbee25 on Apr 30, '06
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  11. by   Lylesmom
    thanks so much for all your help. I'm really grateful.
  12. by   Daytonite
    try this site as well: - concept map creator from lewis' medical-surgical nursing: assessment and management of clinical problems on line student help.
  13. by   onurse1227
    Thanks for all the help with concept maps!!
  14. by   Icess64
    We had to do these too, although I hope we don't next year, they are such a bore! Ours are different from the ones in the examples, it is the one with the circles and triangles that suebird mentioned. And then we have the pathology info, drugs and other information on different pages. Here is an example of mine...
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