One comment heard repeatedly from faculty is, "How do I take conceptual learning into the clinical or lab setting?" And another huge concern voiced by clinical faculty is, "With 10 students in clinical at once, how do I monitor what everyone is doing to provide safe, quality care?" Charles Smith has taken concept mapping to a new level by bringing it to clinical as a strategy to assess clinical learning, as well keep abreast of what all of his students are thinking and doing. Professor Smith uses clinical mapping in clinical to help students connect the dots, bringing together classroom learning, critical thinking, and clinical experiences.
Charles Smith is a professor and the dean of health sciences at Rappanhonnock Community College in Glenns, VA. His 20 years in academia span all levels of nursing education, practical nursing, associate degree, baccalaureate,and graduate programs. His passion for bridging the gap between theory and clinical is grounded in his years of nursing practice in critical care, emergency, community, and long-term care settings. Charles is a doctoral candidate in nursing at the University of North Dakota.