Patient Education Essential to Recovery

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The nurse’s role in patient education cannot be more important. From the time a patient is admitted until the time they are discharged, the nurse caring for each patient need to be teaching 24/7. Having a patient educator is a waste of money in my opinion. This is one of the roles of the nurse. He/she should be constantly teaching their patient. The nurses are the ones taking care of the patient and know exactly what each patient needs. When a situation or opportunity arises, nurses need to take full advantage of it. Computer documentation can help track what has been taught. We all know that the patients need to hear this information multiple times in order to fully comprehend it. Patients are discharged quickly from the hospitals these days. Nurses need to take patient education to the next level by evaluating their teaching. Just telling or showing a patient something isn’t enough. Have the patient return demonstrate or verbalize what they now understand. Patient education is an integral part of nursing care and one of the most important things we do for our patients.

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4 Responses to “Patient Education Essential to Recovery”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I have always thought that a nutritionist should be part of a healthcare team. Often, many conditions can be lessoned or alleviated with proper diet. Proper nutrition can even replace a prescription. Most often, a person doesn’t come in contact with a nutritionist unless it is in a gym setting and/or in conjunction with personal training. Other times a nutritionist is brought into the care regime after a diagnosis. Under a financially strained healthcare system such as ours though, I don’t know how feasible it is to add another provider that will have to be paid for services. However, I do believe that in the long run, proper nutritional knowledge and adherence would cut our healthcare expenditures.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    You are exactly right that patients need to be involved in treatment decisions.  They also need to be aware of how even a minor lifestyle change can have a long term or lasting effect on their long term health.  I see so many people who are out walking or running for their health that I did not see years ago.  In Michigan it is a state law that there is no smoking in public places.  These seemingly small changes will turn into large health benefits.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Patients need to know when, how, and why they need to make a lifestyle change. Group effort is equally important: each member of the patient’s health care team needs to be involved. More and more health professionals are involving patients in treatment decisions and recognizing that patients have a unique understanding of their own health, and also their own preferences for treatment. I think it is important for the patient to be on board with whatever decisions are to be made, but the healthcare provider needs to discuss every last detail of treatment, and why it is beneficial for them.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    My comment regarding patient education is essential to recovery is I believe that nurses are educators and that knowledge is power. A patient that is knowledgeable about their condition and what it takes to improve their condition is more likely to have a successful recovery. We live in a world of technology and it is important for patients to take charge of their own well-being also. Everything on the internet is not true and patients must be careful what type of sources they go to for information, but a patient that has some idea about what’s happening with their condition or situation can ask the right questions and nurses and other health professionals can help to expand on their knowledge. I think this way the patient will have a more in depth understanding.

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