Health literacy among people is growing and it results in better healthcare and finer results. However, a single wrong thing learned can result in equally hazardous situation. In current times nursing education encompasses evidence based medicine and other complex and higher forms of patient care which would ensure patient rights and make healthcare adequate.
Nursing education at a primary level for patients and attendants is very important. In many cases the patients after being discharged should regularly take some actions to ensure prevention of the disease and check the progress of disease process. The patients should be educated by the nursing and midwifery staff for the same in order to ensure right care at home. At regular intervals the patients should be evaluated by home visits and if they need something more , the healthcare team should teach the same about it.
The nursing students should be given education about such things and they should know how to impart education about health and wellness. Smaller modules of imparting knowledge to patients and required documentation keeps the things streamlined. Diabetic patients should be taught about the foot care, diet control , exercises and engagement in recreation to keep healthy. How they can achieve these things is the responsibility of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. The nursing education for bed ridden patients can be imparted by the nursing staff.
Students continuing education in geriatrics and rehabilitation should attempt the assignments related to patient care and patient education. This helps in preparing themselves for better patient outcomes. In long run they would be able to empower the patient for healthier living.
Nursing as a discipline coordinates among all other healthcare faculties. It makes the bridge between the patients , care providers and the care providers themselves to make things more effective. Hence the nursing education should be adequate and efficient to ensure an all round quality care for patients.