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How Effective Is Your Patient Fall Prevention Education?

presented by Pat Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP

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Financial: Pat Quigley receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She is also an independent contractor for the following: American Hospital Association, Hospital Research and Education Trust; Washington Hospital Association, Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network; AvaSure, LLC; HD Nursing, LLC.

Non-Financial: Pat Quigley has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Effective education is critical to ensuring that patients have the knowledge and skills to maximize their health, well-being, functional independence, and social integration. Rehabilitation nurses have the unique role to teach, reinforce, and evaluate effective education to promote positive patient outcomes. Health literacy serves as the foundation to increase the probability that patients really learn what they need to as a result of education programs. Effective education is not a one-way process, but rather requires a systems approach and modification for cognitively alert and cognitively impaired patients. During this course, rehabilitation nurses will refresh their knowledge of the domains of learning, health literacy, and tools to examine teaching effectiveness.

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Dr. Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, Nurse Consultant, is a retired Associate Director of the VISN 8 Patient Safety Research Center of Inquiry and is both a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Practitioner in Rehabilitation. Her contributions to patient safety, nursing, and rehabilitation are evident at a national level, with emphasis…

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1. Domains of Adult Education

Much emphasis exists today on strategies to engage patients as full partners in their healthcare. One of those strategies is through rehabilitation nurses’ direct interaction with and education of patients and families. Education is more than one-way communication, handing a patient an education brochure, and/or discharge planning. This session shapes rehabilitation nurses’ approach to patient and family education by focusing on teachable domains of learning.

2. Redesign Patient Education Approaches

Rehabilitation nurses engage in formal and informal patient and family education opportunities. However, the majority of such engagement remains informal, without two-way communication methods to evaluate effectiveness of teaching or learning. Health literacy tools enable the redesign of patient education approaches to maximize patient learning.

3. Approaches and Tools to Evaluate Patient Education

Systems theory provides the theoretical approach that reinforces education is not a one-way process, rather an open system of communication between a sender and a receiver. Engaging patient education as an open system approach requires that rehabilitation nurses as educators remain mindful of the environmental and interaction factors that facilitate or impede exchange of information and successful learning. Tools to evaluate successful learning will be presented so rehabilitation nurses can measure education outcomes.

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