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Beginnings of a Lifetime

Billie Cecile Overton RN,MSN

Inspirational article about becoming a nurse and 38 years later. Cont'd

Provision of Effective Patient Education: A Learning Clinical Experience

Nighat Karim (BScN Student at Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery)

Patient education is one of the fundamental aspects of holistic nursing care. It is the core responsibility of nurses to provide information to the patient and their families that is understandable and appropriate promoting awareness and optimal health. However, student nurses come across to various barriers in providing effective patient education, including decrease knowledge, lack of clear objectives and lack of clinical exposure. Similarly, I came across a similar situation in my community rotations in which I faced obstacles in educating the patient. There are several strategies that results in the provision of effective patient education, which includes, open communication style, written instructions, addressing barriers, formulating teaching plans, identifying learning styles and needs, and use of teaching aids. Therefore, through effective patient education nurses can increase the independence of client for self care in hospital as well as in community settings. Cont'd

An Interesting Assignment to Learn about Mental Illness

Nicole Csutoros (BSN student) Maureen Kroning RN EdD

Today, there exist so many various kinds of media including: books, magazines, newspapers, TV, movies, videos, smart phones, computer software and the uncountable sites one can access on the internet. The media is constantly bombarding us with so many messages many of which are subliminal or ostentatious. Subliminal messages from media often suggest what we should buy, how we should act and who we should be friends with. A recent assignment for a psychology class required students to analyze their favorite cartoon characters for signs and symptoms of mental illness. When you assess and analyze some of our favorite childhood cartoon characters some of them display signs and symptoms of mental illness. This assignment engages students to learn about what defining characteristics to look for when assessing patients for mental disorders and just how subliminal messages especially those that are negative can be harmful to our well-being. Cont'd

The Forgotten Arm of Care

Hilda Pritchard Ming PhD Director Nursing Staff Development Division University Hospital of the West Indies Jamaica

This article addresses the need for building a healthy work environment amidst the great emphasis on staffing to enhance care . Cont'd

Anesthesia Awareness for Perioperative Nurses

Joan Boczany

Anesthesia awareness definition is an unexpected recall of events while under general anesthesia. The majority of the authors place the rate of anesthesia awareness to one patient out of every one thousand patients that experience some form of anesthesia awareness, however the exact mechanism of the pharmacological action of anesthetic is not clearly understood. Cont'd

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