Jean Foret Giddens, RN, PhD, APRN, BC and Elaine Kennedy, MS, EdD, RN
This unique, easy-to-use program walks you through each step involved in gathering, organizing, and entering patient data into a plan of care. Its flexible design and interactive approach make it a fun and effective way to learn concept mapping techniques while you build "real-life" skills for collecting and evaluating data for patient care! Applicable to all clinical practice areas, including med-surg, pediatrics, critical care, maternity, and psychiatric nursing.
Easy-to-use program walks users through the steps of constructing a concept map, including:
Creating a data sheet with assessment/physical examination findings, treatments, pathophysiology, medications, and more
Entering medical diagnoses
Identifying appropriate nursing diagnoses and collaborative problems
Providing supporting data for each patient problem
Prioritizing key nursing diagnoses and collaborative problems
Determining nursing interventions
Building the concept map and adding arrows to show relationships
Creating an evaluation summary
Flexible programming allows users to customize their concept maps by moving boxes and adding multidirectional arrows that can point to more than one box to indicate relationships.
Data sheet feature allows users to record key preliminary information such as assessment/physical examination data, pathophysiology, treatments, diagnostic tests/results, and much more.
Interview data can be entered using a functional health patterns or review of systems approach.
Data is color-coded by type (assessment, nursing diagnosis, intervention, etc.) throughout the program and in the finished concept map and to help users visually differentiate content and more clearly understand the complexities of patient care.
The save and modify function allows users to return at a later date to make modifications to data and/or the concept map.
Evaluation summary step allows users to enter evaluation data after seeing the patient in clinicals.
By Jean Foret Giddens, RN, PhD, APRN, BC, Faculty, University of New Mexico, College of Nursing, Albuquerque, NM, USA; and Elaine Kennedy, MS, EdD, RN, Professor, Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury, MD, USA
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