Strengthening Students' Clinical Judgment Through Conceptual Care Mapping 

Barbara Yoost, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF
Lynne Crawford, MSN, MBA, RN, CNE 

Authors of Fundamentals of Nursing: Active Learning for Collaborative Practice, 2nd Edition

As nursing care continues to become more complex, it is essential for nursing students to develop the skills needed to think at a higher level and make sound clinical judgments. To accomplish this, educators will need to employ teaching methods that actively engage students in clinical thinking and require the application of theory to practice. In this white paper, authors Barbara Yoost and Lynne Crawford explore how various forms of concept mapping, including conceptual care mapping that consistently incorporates the nursing process, are evidence-based teaching tools that can help students cultivate higher-level cognitive skills. In addition to enhancing students' clinical judgment, the use of conceptual care mapping across the curriculum will also help prepare students for the Next Generation of NCLEX®. 

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