Patient Education Discussion
Patient Education Discussion
Imagine your supervisor has asked you to develop a patient education tool for new medication starts in your current area of practice. This tool needs to provide important information to the patient, yet be concise enough to require no more than one page.
Review the suggested list of possible topics in Part 1 of the Requirements and then search the Capella library and the Internet for supporting resources. You will need to provide support for the information you choose to include in the patient education tool.
Complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of this assessment. You may submit both parts in one document or submit them as separate documents. Be sure you complete both parts!
Submit a total of 4–5 pages. Write no more than one page for Part 1. Write 2–3 pages, plus a separate reference page, for Part 2.
Part 1: Patient Education Tool
Complete the following:
- Choose one of the following topics as the basis for your patient education tool:
- Antibiotics (Amoxil/Amoxicillin) for pediatric ear infections.
- Statin therapy (Zocor/Simvastatin) for a newly diagnosed patient with hypercholesterolemia.
- Antihypertensive (ACE inhibitors/Lisinopril/Zestril) for a patient who was discovered to have hypertension at a health screening at work.
- Drugs for treating gastric acidity (Proton pump inhibitors/antacids/H2 blockers) for a patient complaining of chronic indigestion and heartburn.
- Ear drops or eye drops (or both) for an elderly patient.
- Any newly released medication for a patient in your area of practice. This might be a new drug for diabetes, hypertension, or arthritis or a new antibiotic.
- Include the following in your patient education tool:
- Explain appropriate use of the medication.
- Identify specific factors (age, access, culture, and so on) that may affect the efficacy of the medication.
- Describe possible chemical interactions, side effects, or other negative reactions patients need to be aware of.
- Explain correct handling, storage, and disposal of the medication.
- Include any other information you feel would be beneficial and promote patient safety and quality outcomes.
You may format Part 1, the patient education tool, any way you wish, but be sure it is logical and understandable by the typical patient who would use it. Feel free to include pictures or diagrams to reinforce the information.
Part 2: Evidence-Based Practice
Provide evidence for the information you included in the patient education tool:
- Explain how the information in the patient education tool promotes patient safety and quality outcomes.
- Explain how the patient education tool adheres to the principles and practices of cultural competence. In other words, is the tool appropriate for all cultures, genders, ages, et cetera; or could it be easily adapted for specific needs?
Format Part 2 according to APA guidelines. This is not a document you would provide to a patient but, for this assessment, it will provide faculty with the academic and professional principles necessary to evaluate your work.
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- At least 2 current scholarly or professional resources.
- For Part 2 only:
- Use Times New Roman font, 12 point, double-spaced font.
The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:
- Anderson, P., & Townsend, T. (2015). Preventing high-alert medication errors in hospital patients. American Nurse Today, 10(5), 18–23.
- Cadwell, S. M., & McDaniel Hohenhaus, S. (2011). Medication errors and secondary victims. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 37, 562–563.
- Cleary-Holdforth, J., & Leufer, T. (2013). The strategic role of education in the prevention of medication errors in nursing: Part 2. Nurse Education in Practice, 13(3), 217–220.
- Cohen, M. R. (2015). Medication errors. Nursing, 45(3), 72.
- Leufer, T., & Cleary-Holdforth, J. (2013). Let’s do no harm: Medication errors in nursing: Part 1. Nurse Education in Practice, 13(3), 213–216.
- Sequeira, R. P. (2015). Patient safety in medical education: Medication safety perspectives. Indian Journal of Pharmacology, 47(2), 135–136.
Course Library Guide
A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the BSN-FP4016 – Pharmacology for Patient Safety Library Guide to help direct your research.
Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have either been granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
- The Joint Commission. (2015). 2015 National Patient Safety Goals. Retrieved from http://www.jointcommission.org/standards_informati…
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (2015). MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/
- Institute for Safe Medication Practices. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://ismp.org/
The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required. Unless noted otherwise, these materials are available for purchase from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation.
- Burchum, J., & Rosenthal, L. (2016). Lehen’s pharmacology for nursing care (9th ed.) St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.
- Chapters 6, 7, 8, and 109.
- Patient Education Discussion
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