Patient education : the relation between attitudes and opinions of nurse faculty and nurse clinicians



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The growing trend for patients to be decision makers in their own health care has created a need for patients to be educated by health professionals. Patient education, which is a planned teaching process, helps the patient toward self-direction of health care through communication, activities, and the use of materials. Nurses, who are legally accountable and professionally responsible for patient education, are depicted in studies as educating patients while feeling unprepared to do so. Patient education has been established as a tool of nursing practice. The quality of that practice is greatly affected by the preparation for it. It is generally agreed that baccalaureate nurse educators have a responsibility to develop skills and attitudes to improve patient education. Yet, there is little published research which explains how nursing faculty teach nursing students about patient education. [...]



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