The Responsibilities of Providing Information in Nursing

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According to the Merriam-Webster, learning is defined as: the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something (Merriam-Webster, 2013). This is a very generic explanation for a complex and involved concept that typically involves a two way exchange: the key participants being the recipient of the information and the individual or group that is providing the information. Both have a responsibility to the event. Any breakdown in the skills, receptivity, interaction or communication of either party lessens the experience and decreases the learning potential. The responsibility of the individual or group providing the education, in this case the nurse, is to create circumstances that will provide the maximum learning potential to the patient receiving the teaching. Educational information must be presented in a format that is easy to understand, is in the patient’s comfort language and learning style, and consistent with the educational and emotional level of the patient (Bastable, 2013). The nurse must have the ability to determine or assess whether the information is received and understood. If the information is not sufficiently understood the nurse must have the ability to revise the approach or format to better meet the needs of the patient. Lastly, the nurse must be able to transition the patient into an ongoing educational process that incorporates support from significant others, encourages continued education and update of information, and provides a full integration of educational information into the patient’s lifestyle. To this end the nurse must be creative, knowledgeable, and motivated. Obstacles are part of the reality of healthcare educati... ... middle of paper ... ...ate the learning into their daily life and routine (Bastable, 2013). When an individual is confident that they are able to absorb the teachings and have a right to receive positive outcomes they will invest to a greater degree in their learning. It is for that reason that I chose the humanist approach to education as one of the top two learning theories for best educational outcomes. In conclusion, learning is a complex and involved concept. It is our responsibility, as nurse, to be as complete and comprehensive in our assessment, awareness, and presentation when providing educational training or information to our patients. Overlooking the simplest of obstacles can impede or prevent learning all together. We must apply our knowledge and expertise, despite whatever obstacles exist, to provide our patients with the most optimum education experience possible.

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