Concept Mapping: A Critical-Thinking Approach to Care Planning / Edition 3

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Looking for an easier path to care planning? Create a map!

Concept mapping is a clear, visual, and systematic model for gathering and categorizing relevant assessment data, identifying patient problems, and developing patient goals, interventions, and outcomes for each nursing diagnosis. A concept map is your guide to nursing care in any clinical setting.

You'll also find a wealth of care planning resources, including a concept map generator, online at Davis's Care Planning & Nursing Diagnosis Resource Center.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer:Carole Ann Kenner, DNS, MSN, BSN(Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description:This unique book addresses care planning from the concept mapping perspective. It uses this process to help students develop holistic and comprehensive plans and employ critical thinking throughout the process.
Purpose:The purpose is to help students synthesize pertinent assessment data by using a concept mapping technique. The concept map approach is useful from a faculty and student perspective to visualize the key points that the care plan needs to address. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience:The primary audience is the undergraduate student.
Features:The book's format follows the steps of the nursing process. It uses the concept mapping process to illustrate each step of care planning. The humorous way the author approaches the subject lends itself to a strong teaching/learning process. For example, the first chapter is "Twas the Night before Clinical" and the last chapter "When the Clinical Day is Over: Patient and Self Evaluation." This method of teaching addresses exactly how a clinical student approaches clinical preparation, the actual day, and post conference time. There is a clear and concise chapter on documentation. Each chapter has illustrations that are color coded to make key points stand out. The appendixes contain a quick reference for nursing diagnoses arranged according to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, nursing diagnoses arranged by Gordon's Functional Health Patterns, and finally the NANDA list.
Assessment:This is one of the best nursing care plan books I have seen. It is much better than the average nursing planning book as it captures the reader's attention and uses a unique method of teaching concept mapping. This tool is also wonderful for faculty to use as they look at their curriculum and how the nursing process is covered in their courses. Competing books include Nursing Care Plans and Documentation: Nursing Diagnoses and Collaborative Problems, 3rd edition, by Carpenito (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999); Nursing Care Plans: Guidelines for Individualizing Patient Care, 6th Edition, by Doenges, et al. (F.A. Davis , 2002); and Nursing Care Plans: Nursing Diagnosis and Intervention, 4th Edition, by Gulanick et al. (Mosby, 1998).
From The Critics
Designed to help medical students develop the skills needed to present care plans, this book provides the tools for assessing patients' condition, identifying problems, and recommending a course of treatment. Specifically, the book describes a means of visualizing the inter-relations between medical diagnoses, nursing diagnoses, assessment data, and treatments. Four case scenarios are integrated with the text, so students can apply the approach outlined. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803627437
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 122,931
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. ’Twas the Night Before Clinical…
  2. Gathering Clinical Data: The Foundation for the Concept Care Maps
  3. Concept Care Mapping: Grouping Clinical Data in a Meaningful Manner
  4. Nursing Strategies to Attain Outcomes: So Many Problems, So Little Time
  5. Nursing Implementation: Using Concept Care Maps as Nursing Care Plans at the Health-Care Agency
  6. Mapping Psychosocial and Cultural Problems
  7. Concept Care Maps as the Basis of Documentation and Phone Conversations with Physicians
  8. After the Clinical Day is Over: Patient Evaluations, Self-Evaluations, and Grading the Final Concept Care Maps

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