This mind map will help you review, reflect, organize and summarize everything that you learned about the federal and state regulations, credentialing requirements, competencies, ethical bounds, and future professional possibilities for advanced practice nurses. Create a mind map with the federal/ state mandates for the profession, making connections between the two, positioning themselves within the evolutional continuum, reflecting on where they are against their professional goals.

A MIND MAP is a non-linear representation of how you connect ideas and concepts. Mind maps are useful for creative thinking, brainstorming, and organizing your understanding of a topic. All maps have some things in common. They have a natural organizational structure that radiates from the center and use lines, symbols, words, color, and images according to simple, brain-friendly concepts. Mind mapping converts a long list of information into a colorful, memorable, and highly organized diagram that works in line with your brain’s natural way of doing things. The illustrate associations between ideas or topics that radiate from a central theme, topic, or concept.

Assignment: Creating a Mind Map about Mental Health

Step 1: Start in the middle of a blank page, writing or drawing the idea you intend to develop. I would suggest that you use the page in landscape orientation.

Step 2: Develop the related subtopics around this central topic, connecting each of them to the center with a line.

Step 3: Repeat the same process for the subtopics, generating lower-level subtopics as you see fit, connecting each of those to the corresponding subtopic.

Step 4: Check the chapter to make sure that you include all major terms and concepts.

Some more recommendations:

  • Use colors, drawings, and symbols copiously. Be as visual as you can, and your brain will thank you. I’ve met many people who don’t even try, with the excuse they’re “not artists”. Don’t let that keep you from trying it out!

  • Keep the topics labels as short as possible, keeping them to a single word – or, better yet, to only a picture. Especially in your first mind maps, the temptation to write a complete phrase is enormous, but always look for opportunities to shorten it to a single word or figure – your mind map will be much more effective that way.

  • Vary text size, color, and alignment. Vary the thickness and length of the lines. Provide as many visual cues as you can to emphasize important points. Every little bit helps engage your brain.

  • Feel free to check the internet and review other Mind Maps for inspiration but make sure that your mind map is your own, unique work. Each mind map MUST be unique and reflect your thinking. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.

  • Here are some free tools to create Mind Maps. You can also use PowerPoint or Word. If you have clear handwriting and are creative, you can do it manually, snap a picture and upload it.

  • You have until 11:59 PM on Sunday of week 2 to complete this assignment.

  • Review the attached mind maps to get inspired!

Sample Mind Maps

Sample Mind Map

Sample Midn Map

Refer to this Grading Rubric for Grading Criteria: Concept-Map-Scoring-Rubric.pdf Download Concept-Map-Scoring-Rubric.pdf