We Develop Concept Mapping Products For the Nursing Educators

Deanne A. Blach MSN, RN has been teaching and using concept maps for 15 years with nursing students. She has contributed concept maps to a variety of nursing books.

Using concept maps in nursing education is one example of an active strategy to promote critical thinking in students. The students are able to examine a selected concept; take it apart, put it back together in their own way, and make new connections with the information.

Using Concept MapsDeanne’s book on concept mapping “Teaching Nursing Using Concept Maps” co-authored with Dr. Linda Caputi is a “how to” book for nurse educators and students to learn the process of using concept mapping to replace care planning and promote critical thinking.It is also an important classroom strategy for understanding new content. Concept maps are explored as a tool to replace nursing careplans in the clinical setting and to clarify content in the classroom.

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In “Teaching Nursing Using Concept Maps” many examples of actual student-created concept maps are included as well as Deanne’s concept maps she has created for teaching in the classroom, and other examples shared as learning tools for nursing faculty.

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Concept maps are used as a teaching strategy early in the nursing program and progress from simple to more complex as the student progresses through the program. Deanne takes the reader step by step in designing concept maps and implementing these into any classroom or clinical setting.

Deanne provides workshops on concept mapping and is available as staff training for nursing programs. Participants are taken through making a concept map step-by-step and “hands on” time to develop a concept map provides application to theory.

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Deanne’s publications include:

    • 2012 – Contributor for Concept Maps to Ignatavicius and Workman’s Medical Surgical Nursing: Patient Centered Collaborative Care 7th Ed. Elsevier.
    • 2012 – Reviewer for Zerwekh and Claborn Illustrated Study Guide for the NCLEX-RN® Exam (8th ed).
    • 2011 – Contributor for Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre’s Applying Nursing Process: A Tool for Critical Thinking. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
    • 2010 – Contributor for Zerwekh, Claborn and Miller’s Memory Notebook of Nursing, Volume 2 (4th ed).
    • 2009 – Contributor of Concept Maps for Oermann and Gaberson’s Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education. Springer Publishing
    • 2007 – Advisor for Fast Facts on NCLEX ® Test Plan for Rosalinda Alfaro’s Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgment: A Practical Approach (4th ed.). Saunders Publishing.
    • 2008 – Co-author for Caputi, L. & Blach, D. Teaching Nursing Using Concept Mapping. Glen Ellyn, IL: College of DuPage.
    • 2007 – Contributor Concept Map contributed to Marilyn Oermann’s Clinical Teaching in Nursing Education (2nd Ed.) Springer Publishing.
    • 2006 – Contributor for Concept Maps for the CD Rom for DeLaune & Ladner’s Fundamentals of Nursing: Standards and Practice (3rd Ed), Thomson Delmar Learning.
    • 2005 – Contributor for Chapter 35 – Cardiovascular Assessment and Chapter 38 – Peripheral Vascular Disease. Ignatavicius & Workman’s Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking for Collaborative Care (5th Ed). Elsevier Publishing.
    • 2003 – Using Concept Maps to Foster Critical Thinking. In Caputi, L. & Engelmann, L. Teaching Nursing: The Art and Science. Glen Ellyn, IL: College of DuPage
    • 1984 – New Employee Pocket Orientation Booklet for SICU, Veterans Administration Medical Center.