Inside the program: Patient education

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, July 1, 2010

The hospital provides patient education and training based on each patient’s needs and abilities (The Joint Commission, 2010). It is important that the patient’s educational needs are met throughout the hospital stay and prior to discharge. As our population ages and patients continue to present with chronic illnesses and with shorter lengths of stays, the charge nurses need to ensure that front line staff are providing the patient with education that meets the patient’s level of understanding and need. Charge nurses should be rounding with the team and asking if there are any special educational needs for patients and helping to facilitate the process as needed.

Source: Charge Nurse Program Builder: Tools for Developing Unit Leaders

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