Personal Reflective Journal Analysis

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Ever important is the process of the nurse’s role as a patient educator. Nurses are essential frontline workers of health education and patient self-care practices. Through systemic, logical, and scientifically grounded education, nurses can empower patients to continue healthcare practices when discharged from a hospital admission setting. This process of empowerment, through education, starts upon admission, builds throughout the hospital stay, and continues upon discharge. The purpose of this personal reflective journal is to briefly summarize key points in this week’s module readings while incorporating how this information will improve my skills as a clinical educator.
Parallel to the nursing process, the education process consists of
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Bastable (2014), there are several learning theories that include principles of learning and states of evidence. These learning theories are important because patients often experience multiple barriers in learning. These barriers can be better understood by a nurse, such as myself, by engaging the patient throughout the teaching process. By applying the learning theories of healthcare practices, I will be able to teach my patients both efficiently and successfully. Often, physicians do not view themselves as primary educators and are too busy to teach patients. Nurses however, are more prepared to provide wholistic care and view themselves as patient advocates (Bastable, 2014). This advocacy includes spending time with patients to clarify confusing information and assure that the patient understands their unique path to optimal health achievement. As a registered nurse, I am responsible to provide wholistic care to my patients that includes comprehensive and consistent information. However, there are barriers to the nurse teaching process. Therefore, to be a successful nurse educator, I must be aware of these barriers and attempt to lessen the constraints. Limited time to effectively teach, feelings of personal incompetency, and low educational priority are just a few of the teaching barriers nurses face (Bastable,