The National Library of Medicine supports several sites such as MedlinePlus, NIH Senior Health, and ClinicalTrials.gov.
Half of page per response to my peers, with references, use first person, thank you. Discussion
Respond in one or more of the following ways:
1)Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional background information, evidence, or research
using an in-text citation in APA format.
2)Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings, synthesizing the information to provide
3)Validate an idea with your own experience and additional research.
4)Expand on your colleagues’ postings by providing additional insights or contrasting perspectives based
on readings and evidence.
Education is essential to the workplace not only for the patient but for the nurse who is providing
care to the patient. Many healthcare workers such as nurses do not realize how important it is to
educate patients on managing their own care to prevent or reduce health issues. Stress symptoms may be
affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that
nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually
be the culprit (American Psychological Association, 2010). Stress is a leading cause of staff turnover
even for nurses. Given the growing importance of the issues of recruitment and retention to nursing in
general, and some specialty areas in particular, there is a need to understand the career pathways of
nurses and the factors that impact upon these (Kovner & Knickman, 2011, p.361).
Nurse’s Role in Improving the Health Literacy
In an article by Dorothy Dunn, she discusses the role of nurses in health literacy particularly in
screening and assessing for health literacy levels among patients and their families at each health care
encounter (Dunn, 2010). Health literacy can have a positive outcome for patient’s diagnosis and
treatment plan. The assessment and the use of plain language among healthcare professionals when
communicating with patients increase health literacy. This is a vital role of the nurse to improve
Resource for Evaluating Online Health Information
One resource I would recommend to patients for evaluating online health information is MedlinePlus
because it is resourceful and the information is reliable and the National Institutes of Health’s Web
site is for patients and their caregivers, family members and friends. MedlinePlus is produced by the
National Library of Medicine which is the world’s largest medical library. A patient is able to get
information about diseases, treatments and wellness issues in the language that they speak whether it is
English or Spanish. MedlinePlus is reliable, up-to-date health information that can be assessed from
anywhere free of charge and no password needed.
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