NURSES AS FORERUNNERS FOR HEALTH LITERACY ENHANCEMENT AMONG PATIENTS
With today’s surging demand for healthcare, the wider call for increased health literacy paves the way to a more complex issue.
Previewed in the policy is that, “In the United States, 88% of adults have health literacy limitations, and 77 million Americans—more than one third of U.S. adults—struggle with routine self- and family-care management tasks, such as following discharge instructions, complying with directions for taking prescribed medications, and adhering to pediatric immunization schedules…”
In the Academy’s press release published in their own site, Lori A. Loan, PhD, RN, FAAN, a member of the Academy’s Expert Panel on Quality Health Care said, “Nurses as leaders are uniquely positioned to minimize the gap that often exists between patient skills and abilities and the increasingly complex demands of health care systems by implementing a health literacy universal precautions approach with every patient, every time and in every health care encounter.”
The American Academy of Nursing, therefore, recommends in the aforementioned policy the three major domains aiming to minimize the demands and difficulties of healthcare systems and the gaps between patients’ skills and abilities. Here are the following:
- PRACTICE: Partner with nursing and other health care organizations to accomplish health literacy practice goals.
- HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS: Collaborate with the IHI, AHRQ, the AMA Foundation, American Hospital Association, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) to deliver patients better health information and services.
- PARTNERSHIPS: Develop and implement policies that promote health literacy to ensure consistency and sustainability.
Indeed, nurses are not just health enforcers but also effective educators for better health literacy among patient populations.
Through this policy campaign, Erudite Nursing Institute strives for greater innovation among nurses through high-quality education. Enabling them to be pioneer for change in the healthcare sector and also great inhibitors for health literacy among patients.
The institute aims to draw a clearer picture of future advancement to attain a more realistic goal rather than an idealistic one.
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