Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t posted since August. If I had waited much longer, I would be posting as a newly graduated nurse practitioner! I have recently finished my second clinical rotation. I start my third and final clinical rotation on May 1st and will be completed by the first week of August. It really hasn’t started to sink in, yet. I don’t think it will until I have those three little letters behind my name!
I have received a lot of messages and comments from you guys– thank you very much! I did want to address a few things. Several have asked, so I will clarify: I am currently enrolled in the FNP program at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Many have also asked if I would post or e-mail a concept map. Unfortunately, I cannot do that due to the rules of academic integrity. Actually SJCME recently lost a few students due to just that.
However, I will share how I set up my concept maps, which is COMPLETELY different than other concept maps that I have seen online and otherwise. I can’t do spider-web concept maps with lines all over the place– so if that’s your style, I am no help there! There is no room for spider-web concept maps in the person that is moderately OCD. They’re messy, ugly, and I hate them . Seriously, it goes it against my entire BEING!! I need straight lines, symmetry, and color coordination. I ended up with an A, so it works.
I’m going to post an example template. Bear in mind, I used to use the dabbleboard program, which was clean with pretty lines. They’ve since shut down. I recommend Lucidchart, which is what I used to make this example in about 6 minutes. It’s not pretty, but it’s just to show you how I set up mine. I set up my concept maps using color– I use green lettering (for example) to show that the case study demonstrated this positive finding. I use yellow arrows to correlate two concepts, so it doesn’t get too ugly.
Lucidchart lets you use shapes, colors, funky arrows, text, etc. It takes some playing around with. And hey– if you like spider webs, they have a great tool for that too. You can click on this to open it in a new page and enlarge it. My concept maps have always been quite large (obviously, the one below is a very quick one… mine get HUGE. I spent way too much time on them).
Anyway, I’ll post again later with updates and clinical tips! Hope you’re all doing well