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Why nurses must facilitate patient education

Making time to inform patients about their health is essential to improving long-term outcomes
Female nurse talking to a patient about their medication

Making time to inform patients about their health is essential to improving long-term outcomes

I am a big fan of medical dramas on TV, but one thing I cannot stand is when nursing or medical staff give the wrong information, use overly technical words or speak condescendingly to their patients.

There is just no excuse for this. Nurses have such a vital role to play in informing and educating patients and it infuriates me when programme makers get this so wrong - I have even been known to email them a strong complaint or two.

We all know that real life in the NHS is markedly different from how it is portrayed on TV, so let's stick with reality and look at how and when you can educate

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