Nurses have a duty to recognize risk factors influence and change in behavior

Nurses have a duty to recognize risk factors

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Nurses have a duty to recognize risk factors, influence and change in behavior and lifestyle of clients. For nurses to effectively teach they have to consider the learners age, gender, race, sexual ethnicity, religious beliefs if any, learning styles and socioeconomic statuses. I had a patient last week, 2 days in a row who had surgery the day before, every time I asked him if he had pain he declined. By the end of the day when I was less busy, I stopped by to check on him and he started a conversation on religion. He got a little comfortable and was able to tell me that expressing pain especially to a female is a sign of weakness. We further talked about his surgery due to Colon cancer, his father had died of colon cancer and his mother from heart attack and how he feared he might die of colon cancer as well. We discussed his risk factors as well his wife and 3 children who were obese, he identified that the families diet mostly included deep fried foods but were trying to avoid sugar and juice in their diet. He continued to say that he had thought of ways to change the diet and work take a walk instead of watching TV since he had he surgery because it “opened his eyes.” He finished off by saying “go get me that pain pill.” I asked to schedule his pain medicine instead of PRN as he would not ask for it. I let the patient do most of the talking and answer questions when he asked keeping in mind his ethnicity and role of men/women. I was sure not to impose my beliefs on him but be his advocate. References Women's Health. Health promotion and disease prevention (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2015, from Institute of Medicine. (2010, October 5). Retrieved October 3, 2015, from - Change-Advancing-Health.aspx Reply | Quote & Reply Oct 22, 2015 11:11 PM 0 Like
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Oscar Robleto 4 posts Re:Topic 2 DQ 2 Effective patient’s education demand is on the rise as a result of strict Medicare reimbursement guidelines for patient’s readmission to hospitals. Patient’s ability to understand and comprehend discharge instruction, self-manage, home care materials such as complications prevention, self-monitoring of vital signs, proper diet, exercise are crucial in health-care costs in preventing hospital readmission . Each patient education interaction should be based on an individual's educational needs, literacy level, and cultural background and should be grounded in evidence based principles of teaching and learning in health care. (Donaldson, 1999). Nurses need to approach patient’s education based on patient’s capacity to access and implement such information as intended, does the patient live in a rural or urban area, any visual or hearing impairment? Level of education?, available resources at home and community?
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