Concept maps allow the student to visually describe the disease, clinical manifestations, and evidence-based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions

.  The goal of the concept map assignment is to identify a specific disease, discuss the usual etiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic criteria, pharmacological treatment and patient education for the treatment of the disease.  The concept map will demonstrate your understanding of the disease as you would present it to a patient.

Do not select a disease unless it has standard pharmacotherapy




Please include the following items in your concept map in bulleted or narrative format and in your own words.


  1. Identify the disease
  2. Discuss the etiology and pathogenesis of the disease
  3. Discuss the clinical manifestations of the disease
  4. Diagnostic criteria for the disease
  5. Evidence-based pharmacologic treatment and nursing consideration for the disease.
  6. Please include all appropriate references in APA format.


Concept Map

Grading Rubric


ASPECT Unacceptable Acceptable Exemplary Score
Components of disease process, clinical manifestations and diagnostic criteria for the disease



Does not show appropriate components of disease process


Shows the major components of disease process


Shows major and important minor components of disease process


Order of components




The components are not arranged in logical or appropriate manner.


Components are arranged logically but with some inaccuracies or confusing areas.


Components are arranged logically, clearly, and accurately.


Relationships between components



Does not show relationships between components, or relationships are grossly inaccurate or confusing.


Shows simple relationships between components, or shows complex relationships with some inaccuracies.


Comprehensively and accurately shows relationships between components.


Pharmacological Interventions with nursing considerations for the intervention.



Does not clearly identify appropriate evidence-based pharmacological interventions for the identified disease


Shows minimal evidence based pharmacological intervention and nursing considerations for the identified disease


Shows multiple appropriate evidence-based pharmacological and nursing considerations for the identified disease


Grammar, spelling, writing mechanics


There are many errors; meaning is obscured. The reader is confused and stops reading. There are occasional errors but they do not represent a major distraction or obscure meaning. The document is free or almost free of all errors.  
APA format


Does not cite information presented.  No reference list present. Cites information and reference list present, but is inconsistent with APA format. The information stated is cited appropriately and reference list is in accordance with APA format.  
Total Score        



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