Assignment 1: Concept Map: Community Health Promotion – Application to Your Practice | Value 30%
Due Date: Negotiable, however, it is recommended that you complete Section I: Units 1-4 and Section II: Unit 5 prior to your first submission and both Sections I and II: Units 1-7 including all other assignments prior to your final submission.
The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate having met the course learning outcomes through the creation of your personal concept map of community health promotion, while examining and articulating how you apply a variety of those concepts in your current nursing practice setting. This will be a progressive assignment that you begin to work on during week one of the course. You may find it helpful to email your instructor early on to share the community as client focus you have chosen with a brief description of why. You will submit your work twice: once following completion of Section 1 and then again as your final assignment, to demonstrate evidence of your overall learning.
Concept maps are visual tools used to support learners in demonstrating relationships, connections and processes between concepts and ideas about a central subject (Harrison & Gibbons, 2013). You as a learner will have the opportunity to draw from existing knowledge, identify knowledge gaps and make learning meaningful to you through concept mapping (Fitzgerald, n.d.). Often in nursing concept maps the central node is the client and the arcs link to outlying nodes about the client. In this assignment the central node must be the community as the client. First you will develop a comprehensive community health promotion concept map and then select 4 community health concepts that stand out in relation to your community client for in depth discussion in a scholarly paper.
Community health nursing is not limited to any one place or unit instead it can be found practiced anywhere and with anyone if the practitioner so chooses. The following resources are not meant as an exhaustive list but instead provide some opportunity to explore trends and issues that you may find to be both intriguing and relevant to your current nursing practice. Consider these topics as examples of how a nurse might identify a community of interest. Careful choice of your group is important as all course assignments can potentially be developed around this population or group.
Alzheimers Society of Canada:
Public Health Agency of Canada
Concept maps are common in nursing practice, the following concept map is an example of an individual client in acute care, note how the client is central with the arcs identifying relationships to a variety of nodes specific to this clients health.
Acute Care Concept Map Sample
You can also find a variety of concept maps by searching the internet. You may choose to use any form. Remember that whatever you choose it must be electronically developed and contain clearly developed nodes and arcs. Consider that you will want to add to your map as you are introduced to the many aspects of community health promotion.
If you are not familiar with developing a concept map you may find the following resources helpful:
Athabasca University Tool Cupboard, Concept Mapping located at http://tools.elab.athabascau.ca/tutorials/concept-mapping
Novak, J.D. (2008). Concept maps: What the heck is this? Located at https://msu.edu/~luckie/ctools/
Or you may want to search your own resources by entering into your browser search terms such as, concept mapping public health, concept mapping community nursing, concept mapping nursing education. If you are a visual learner be certain to select Videos.
If you are interested in reading further the full references are:
Fitzgerald, P. Concept Mapping: A GPS for Patient Care in Various Health Care Environments. Retrieved from http://nursing.advanceweb.com/SharedResources/Downloads/2013/022513/ConceptMapping.pdf
Harrison, S., & Gibbons, C. (2013). Nursing Student Perceptions of Concept Maps: From Theory to Practice. Nursing Education Perspectives (National League For Nursing), 34(6), 395-399. doi:10.5480/10-465
Novak, J. D. & A. J. Cañas. (2008). The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct Them. Technical Report IHMC CmapTools. Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Retrieved from http://cmap.ihmc.us/Publications/ResearchPapers/TheoryUnderlyingConceptM….
Concept Map (15/30)
- Multiple nodes of community health concepts are included.
- Distinct, concise, descriptive terms of linking relationships/arcs are evident.
- Progression from first submission to second submission demonstrates a greater depth of understanding of community health promotion.
- Contained in a single page