DESCRIBE THE NURSE’S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY AS HEALTH EDUCATOR NRS 429
Topic 1 DQ 1
Describe the nurse’s role and responsibility as health educator. What strategies, besides the use of learning styles, can a nurse educator consider when developing tailored individual care plans, or for educational programs in health promotion? When should behavioral objectives be utilized in a care plan or health promotion?
What are some prime patient education moments we should all take advantage of when trying to provide our patients with the most up to date and appropriate education?
Nurses should not assume that when patients are literate meaning they can read and write, they will easily understand health education from the nurses. Being literate does not mean you are health-literate to understand all the medical terminologies or health information the nurse may try to give to you. Also, patients who may lack formal schooling can be taught complex health education (Whitney,2018). One prime moment nurses should take advantage of when trying to provide our patients with the most up to date and appropriate education is when they show that they have the desire to do the right thing for themselves and their loved ones. Nurses can also take advantage to provide up to date and appropriate education when patients exhibit behaviors or express sentiments with the belief that they can meet their own health-related goals and which in turn plays a vital role in meeting desired educational outcomes (Whitney, 2018).
Whitney, S. (2018). Teaching and learning styles. In Health promotion: Health & wellness across the continuum. (Chapter 1). Grand Canyon University. https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs429vn/health-promotion-health-and-wellness-across-the-continuum/v1.1/#/chapter/1.
· Ashley Chaney
replied toCyndi Kelley
Sep 29, 2022, 7:09 PM
The priority focus is ensuring the patient is knowledgeable about the information and its role in their health. This knowledge encourages continuous self-management in their care that carries into other healthcare-related visits and appointments. Heath (2017) mentions, “Clinicians must follow a series to steps before issuing patient education materials, ensuring that the strategies employed are useful for the individual patient.” Patients must be ready to learn and make beneficial changes before undergoing strategies. Clients should have their current knowledge level assessed before addressing new information when learning. This provides a stepping stone into the first steps of health education. It is essential to take advantage of any health literacy one knows. Understanding health literacy aids a patient in improving their health with the use of accessible resources. Research online shows that if health literacy is low, so is the patient’s desire to utilize health resources compared to others. (Heath, 2017). If health literacy is minimal to none, introduce definitions of key terms and concepts concerning their health. This can stimulate the process. Another prime moment is encouraging the patient to explain the information to nurses to verbalize understanding. A topic or concept is explained or demonstrated; then, the patient has to demonstrate or explain this information in their own words. Some materials utilized are one-on-one teaching, demonstrations, analogies, graphics, printed materials, podcasts, videos, PowerPoints, or group discussions. Implement these based on patient preference. Teaching patients about health-related technology is essential to access information at home. “Using an online interface, patient portals allow patients to access their lab results, medical histories, and a plethora of other health information. Clinicians who use OpenNotes, a practice philosophy where clinicians digitally share their appointment notes with patients, can offer their patients in-depth and specific health advice each office visit.” (Heath, 2017). Online strategies let clients access their records anytime and anywhere. With constant access to their records, patients can find ways to improve their health without seeing a doctor. Healthcare providers should take advantage of patients’ health literacy, readiness to learn, understanding of teaching, available resources, and awareness of teaching strategies for beneficial education.
Heath, S. (2017 April 27). 4 Patient Education Strategies That Drive Patient Activation. Patient Engagement Hit. https://patientengagementhit.com/news/4-patient-education-strategies-that-drive-patient-activation
· Mabel Onoh
replied toCyndi Kelley
Sep 29, 2022, 10:43 PM
During health education, the nurse will do patient need assessment. Sometimes patient will tell their fears about their health risk behaviors. The needs assessment allows programs to identify opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention efforts, potential barriers and appropriate strategies to address them (Rural Information Hub, 2018). The nurse then plans health education that targets the identified need. Using clear and simple words, the nurse then will educate the patient on the consequences and health issues that are associated with identified risk behavior, providing patient with the recommended preventative actions from evidence-based practice. The nurse will use the different health promotion theories and models based on the patients learning styles.
Rural Health Information Hub, (2018). Rural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Toolkit: The Health Belief Model.https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/toolkits/health-promotion/2/theories-and-models/health-belief
· Maria Nakyanzi
replied toCyndi Kelley
Sep 29, 2022, 11:22 PM
I think the best time to educate anyone is in the moment for example maybe you have a conversion with the patient and they state information that old or incorrect allow them to complete their thought, then offer your new information to them its easier for the mind to connect the two. another time its best is after a fall or medical emergency because the details of the incident are still fresh so its easier to pull details from that and educate the patient ( obviously after medical stabilization).
· Elda Pierre
replied toCyndi Kelley
Sep 30, 2022, 11:03 AM
Integrating primary prevention, and character education must be school, church, and community-wide, social events, teaching patients about vaccination, screaming monograms, teaching patients how important it does exercises, walking 30 minutes at least 3 times a week, how to eat healthily, do not smoke. primary prevention is the best education for a healthy world. To help encourage the growth of personal and social responsibility in the school community, teachers may try a variety of activities to foster the development of their students. The school especially high school students have engaged in local community events and service-learning activities to further expand their own view of the breadth of responsibilities.