Concept map

Concept map


The purpose of a concept map is to visualize connections between ideas, connect new ideas to previous ideas, and to organize ideas logically. Concept maps can be an extremely useful tool to help organize and plan care decisions. By utilizing a concept map, a nurse can simplify the connection between disease pathways and emotional, cultural, socioeconomic, and personality considerations that impact a patient’s health.


Develop a patient-centered concept map for a chosen condition. This could be a disease, or a disorder based upon the best available evidence that has been individualized to treat your patient’s health, economic, and cultural needs. Write a brief 3–5 page narrative that explains why the resources cited in the concept map and narrative are valuable and relevant. Describe how you incorporated the patient’s individual culture, identity, abilities, and beliefs into the plan of care. Also, be clear about your specific communication strategies for relating information to the patient and their family.

The bullet points below correspond to grading criteria in the scoring guide. Be sure that your map and narrative address all of the bullets below, at minimum.

Part 1: Concept Map

Visit Healthy People 2030’s  Browse Objectives  page and select a topic.

· Design a patient-centered concept map based upon the best available evidence for treating a patient’s specific health, economic, and cultural needs.

. Include objective and subjective assessment findings to support three nursing diagnoses.

. Include interventions that will meet your patient’s individual needs.

. Include measurable outcomes for each nursing diagnosis using SMART goals: (S)pecific, (M)easurable, (A)chievable, (R)elevant, and (T)ime-bound.

Part 2: Supporting the Concept Map

· Analyze the needs of a patient, and those of their family, to ensure that the interventions in the concept map will be relevant and appropriate for their beliefs, values, and lifestyle.

. Explain how you incorporated the patient’s individual culture, identity, abilities, and beliefs into the plan of care.

. Consider how your patient’s economic situation and relevant environmental factors may have contributed to your patient’s current condition or could affect future health.

. Consider how your patient’s culture or family should inform your concept map.

· Apply strategies for communicating with the patient and their family in an ethical, culturally sensitive, and inclusive way.

. Explain how you will communicate the proposed interventions and evaluation plan in an ethical, culturally sensitive, and inclusive way. Ensure that your strategies:

. Promote honest communications.

. Facilitate sharing only the information you are required and permitted to share.

. Enable you to make complex medical terms and concepts understandable to your patient and their family regardless of language, abilities, or educational level.

· Explain the value and relevance of the resources you used as the basis for your patient-centered concept map.

· Explain why your evidence is valuable and relevant to your patient’s case.

. Include a critique of the resources you used and specify the level of evidence.

· Explain why each piece of evidence is appropriate for the health issue you are addressing and for the unique situation of your patient and the family.

. Include how the evidence was used to plan your interventions.

· Convey purpose of the assessment narrative in an appropriate tone and style, incorporating supporting evidence and adhering to organizational, professional, and scholarly communication standards.

· Integrate relevant sources to support assertions, correctly formatting citations and references using APA style.

The suggested headings for your paper are:

· Patient Needs Analysis.

· Communication Strategies.

· Value and Relevance of Resources.

Example Assessment: You may use the following to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like:

· Concept Map Exemplar [DOCX] .

· Concept Map Narrative Exemplar [DOCX] .

Submission Requirements

· Length of narrative: 3–5 double-spaced, typed pages. Your narrative should be succinct yet substantive.

· Number of references: Cite a minimum of 3–5 sources of scholarly or professional evidence that support your evaluation, recommendations, and plans. Current source material is defined as no older than five years unless it is a seminal work. Be sure you are citing evidence in both parts.

· APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style.

· Please submit both your concept map and your narrative as separate documents in the assessment submissions area.

. You must submit both documents at the same time. Make sure both documents are attached before submitting your assessment.

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