Nursing News: Nurses Engage Patients in Health Care

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 11th, 2014

Engaging patients in their own health care and helping them work with the care team is becoming one of the key themes in modern medical practice. The goal is to prevent illness, promote wellness and improve health and nurses have a key role. They are expanding their normal educational role, helping patients care for chronic conditions and make lifestyle changes, sometimes teaching them technology.

“Promoting patient education has always been a part of our nursing role and obligation to the patient,” said Debi Sampsel, DNP, MSN, BA, RN, chief officer of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing in Ohio. “It has been a long-standing practice that nurses involve the patient across the life span in their own care.”

Sampsel knows nurses take great pride in promoting healthy lifestyles, and research has proven that active engaged individuals have much better health outcomes. The University of Cincinnati includes health promotion in the nursing curriculum and gives students an opportunity gain patient-engagement experience while working with the homeless and school age youth.

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One response to “Nursing News: Nurses Engage Patients in Health Care”

  1. LeAnn, the way I see it is when we engage the patient in their care they are much more likely to do well.

    Adults, at least me and the ones I know, don’t like being ‘told’ what to do. Archaic models of healthcare ‘tell’ the patients. That automatically breeds resistance, even if it is unconscious.

    Partnering ‘with’ patients allows for relationship building, collaboration and greater success. Loved the post, thanks!

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