However, I could not agree with you more that teaching patients is an essential aspect of nursing care. The success of an individual is significantly impacted by the quality of the nurse’s instruction and support (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018). Therefore, as nurses, we must stimulate our patient’s interest and become skilled at sharing technical information about the Web (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2 Reply Hi Rebecca, Thanks for an interesting post. As nurses we both know teaching patients is an essential aspect of nursing care and they patients must be taught to consider the source (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018).
However, if you are sending them to the Web, we must educate them on how to look for ”about us” on the page (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Food & Drug Administration [FDA], 2018). Secondly, look for a disclaimer which is a huge indication that it is not a reliable source (FDA, 2018). Thirdly, check to see who runs the site: Is it a branch of the government, a university, a health organization, a hospital or a business (FDA, 2018)? And do not assume that because the web address ends with edu or gov that it is a professional medical website (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018).
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