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  1. Kotcherlakota, Suhasini PhD
  2. Zimmerman, Lani PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA
  3. Berger, Ann M. PhD, APRN, AOCNS, FAAN


Two broad issues that beginning graduate nursing students face are identifying a research focus and learning how to organize complex information. Developing a mind map is 1 strategy to help students clarify their thinking and lay the foundation for in-depth expertise related to their research focus, review of the literature, and conceptual framework. The authors discuss their use of mind mapping combined with feedback using a fishbowl technique.