1-In addition to helping patients to identify and overcome barriers, we can also provide them with available resources, and making sure the patient knows and understand the materials provided. According to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2015), Health materials are effective only when used as part of an overall patient education strategy. Simply handing patients a pamphlet or referring them to a Web site is not enough to promote understanding or behavior change. According to Edelman, C., Kudzma, E., & Mandle, C. (2010), The health belief model and social learning theory assist the nurse in formulating an action plan that meets the needs and capabilities of the individual making health behavior changes. The action plans may include and not limited to, making sure the patient understands the material by reviewing it with him/her. Personalize it, highlight important areas applicable to the patient, ensure patient knows how to use audiovisual materials, obtain feedback from patient. Support groups might also be
2-Yes, this is true. We as nurses are known to be educators to our patients. Giving them the right information in order to promote a healthy lifestyle is very important. We also have to make sure the understand what we are educating them on, whether they have explain the procedure or instructions to us or if they perform it in front of us. It’s very important to promote awareness on different diseases that can be prevented . of a great help to some patients.
3-Yes, I have seen the same thing. Patients want to know exactly what they are getting in terms of medication and if the nurse can’t tell them what’s in the cup or what the medication is for, they become distrustful. Because families are often at the bedside, they can help remind patients what interventions are for. When I worked at the bedside in ICU, spending 10 minutes giving the family an update at teh beginning of the day made the whole day go smoother.