Until recently, the art of teaching patients had not been emphasized in nursing education programs. Consequently, many nurses have had to acquire the skills and knowledge required for effective patient teaching on their own. While some seasoned nurses may spend less time teaching patients because they think the patient “won’t listen,” younger nurses may lack enough experience and confidence to believe that their teaching will truly make a difference. Also, busy nurses who walk (or run) countless miles in any given shift, skip regular meals, and worry about whether they’ve “missed anything” may think that there’s simply not enough time to teach. However, nurses have a responsibility to not just provide care, but also to teach and motivate patients to manage their disease as independently as possible.
Below are 10 strategies to help nurses incorporate teaching into their daily practice.
Are you a “patient” teacher? Do you teach your patients, and do you practice patience when doing so? All patients are different and your strategies need to be flexible, adaptable and considerate. Which teaching strategies do you employ during your nursing practice? Which methods are the most successful?