Concept mapping - page 2

Has anyone used concpet mapping in the theoretical or clinical portions of their course or curriculum?... Read More

  1. by   333
    In a nutshell, its like a care plan but with shapes and colors around different items denoting things like assessment, evaluation, nursing dx, medical dx, etc.....I can't stand it. It would be so much easier to just stick with the care plans. This wastes so much of my time! O yeah, there are arrows that end up covering the entire page that show what conditions or results relate to others. Sometimes I could think of a much easier way to let the instructors know that the student has his/her info down. Sorry, I think I'm venting. I have one of these due in a couple days and no time in which to do it!
  2. by   Brirn08
    Thanks! Glad I am not the only one who feels that way.
  3. by   AOx1
    I use it as both a clinical tool and in lecture. Students have the option (once they've passed a written care plan) of a concept map, an oral care plan, or grand rounds with other students. It has been very successful as the student chooses the tool most likely to help them.
  4. by   kkenward
    I'm a student who is just finishing my Adult II clinicals. We used concept mapping for the first time this semester and I love it. It took a couple of weeks to get the idea and it was rather scary at first since it is fluid and 'messy'-- unlike the other record keeping tasks we are responsible for -- but I've found it an absolutely wonderful tool for recognizing and pulling everything together in thinking about the total patient. If you do decide to use it, I would suggest you require your students to do it by hand with as many connections as possible (I usually end up with 15-20 before there is no more space on the page)-- encourage stream of consciousness connections/brain storming -- don't worry about whether they use boxes or circles, it's the connections that matter! I should add that we also have to complete a nursing diagnosis flow sheet, an assessment tool and an task evaluation tool for each patient. It's a lot of paperwork but I've learned a tremendous amount.