Patient teaching in management of chronic illness is very important and usually falls to the nurse. It is important that when educating a patient you remember to use easy to understand language without slang. And use the teach back method. Have the patient teach you what they know so you as the nurse and educator know they understood what they are learning.
The Medical Clinic
Good afternoon Ms. Mendoza.
It was a lot of information he gave me
Dr. Smart wanted me to meet with you to talk about your new Diabetes diagnosis.
Hmm...that I have to poke my finger twice a day. And that I have to be very careful about what I eat. And I now have to take medicine.
It can be very overwhelming at first. What do you remember from what Dr. Smart told you?
And I will do it every day.
Yes, you will have to check your blood sugar twice a day and record them for your next doctors visit.
Let's go over how to use your new glucometer.
Your meter will come with strips and lancets.
Clean the side of your finger by the pad with alcohol. Then poke with the lancet. Next you will apply a small amount of blood to the strip until your meter beeps and begins counting down.