Concept Maps vs Care plans

  1. Does your school use care plans or concept maps and which do you perfer?
    We just started using concept maps.
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  3. by   RN BSN 2009
  4. by   psychonaut
    both here as well. concept maps are pretty damn silly, IMO.

    I've long been in curious the genesis of concept mapping in nursing education (but not curious enough to google it ). Is this one of those things that was some nurse's PhD thing, that was snatched up into the overall pedagogy?
  5. by   damarystx
    We use both....I prefer the concept map because I can finish it faster...
  6. by   New Horizons
    My school calls it a concept map but it is a full report that combines data compilation, the concept maps with care care plans and psychosocial reporting. We come up with at least 5 problems from our concept map and we have to create a care plan for each of the 5 problems. The darn thing takes several hours. Personally it has taken me 5 to 7 hours. I don't know anyone who likes doing concept maps.
  7. by   Danish
    We use both. I really like the concept mapping for memory, but the careplans for critical thinking. I think the process of doing a careplan (correctly) makes you think things through, but the concept maps are great for preparing for a test.
  8. by   Achoo!
    We do the maps in lecture, careplans for clinical. The maps help peice everything together. We call them " trees" though LOL
  9. by   IrishIzCPNP
    We do both for every clinical.

    I think the care plans are good for showing us the details of a diagnosis and what is involved. The care plans also show us a variety of things we can do for our client...sometimes things we never considered.

    The concept map I see as a way to relate the diagnoses with each other. You can see how one thing is related to another and how somethings just stand on their own.

    Once my care plan is done my concept map takes no time at all. The concept map for us is just the diagnosis, related to and manifested by. Then all things are connected if they pertain to each other.

    I don't mind doing them now that I do them on the computer. I hate writing them out. Then I wonder what makes my instructors think I know a lot about computers. Silly people.
  10. by   danh3190
    1/3 of the way through the program all we've done is Care Plans. Who knows what we'll be doing next semester.

    To tell you the truth, I just don't get the idea of Concept Maps.
  11. by   happynewLPN
    Our school uses both.
  12. by   Soon2BPaeds
    We only use concept maps in clinical. They aren't so bad... they are supposedly way faster then care plans and I like them because they help link things that you may not link in your head
  13. by   future L&Dnurse
    We do both. I am NOT a fan of the concept maps, though. They just don't make sense to me. Several classmates and I got the OK from our instructor to write them out as a bulleted list instead, which is wonderful and so much easier for me to follow.
  14. by   atrice
    We do careplans for every clinical...i call these minicare plans because our "big" careplan is due next Monday. We also have to do a research paper w/ the care plan which is pointless. The paper work is killing me this semester. I spent my entire spring break studying for a test and completing a newborn/L&D paper. Only 7 more wks of school and other than the careplan due i have an OR rotation paper, process recording, Grand Rounds presentation, a pedi virtual lab that takes 6 hrs to complete, 3 lecture tests, 1 math test, 1 lab test/practical, the HESI test, and then the final. The count down to summer is on...........:smilecoffeeIlovecof :wink2: