Nursing

Do your orientees need help with critical thinking skills? Try concept mapping

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), January 1, 2010

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Helping nurses develop and enhance their critical thinking skills is part of the staff development specialist’s role. But it can be challenging when working with orientees who are newly licensed RNs or are RNs who are assuming new responsibilities. A way to help facilitate critical thinking skills is to use the process of concept mapping.

Concept mapping is an innovative critical thinking approach to planning, implementing, and evaluating patient care. A concept map is a written diagram or graph of assessment findings and interventions, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of those interventions.

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