So I have to do some patient teaching and then write up a teaching journal for a patient I care for tomorrow.
Here's the instructions for the assignment:
"The evening before
clinical, identify a client/family with a learning need in the clinical setting. In lieu of one reflective journal, use the steps of the nursing process
to discuss client/family teaching done on a clinical day. (Include assessing/identifying client needs, setting client goals, implementing and the evaluating these learning goals.) Address the Health Belief Model
. This is a prospective assignment, rather than retrospective. You should be familiar with the model and use it as a guide for planning your teaching. "
So anyway, when I was going to pick a patient today, I found that my prospective patient had an elevated blood glucose of 133, yet she wasn't on a diabetic diet nor was she on any insulin whatsoever. I found that weird. Weirder still, I looked through her chart and saw "diabetes mellitus" written on her medical history. I think she may have just been diagnosed.
Anyway, the nursing care plans
on the computer system list "Diabetic teaching" as something that has yet to be done.
Hooray for me! What if I did just that for my teaching assignment? It would get me a grade AND would fulfill one of her to-do things in the hospital! Killing two birds c one stone!
So what goes on in a diabetic teaching in the hospital? What can I teach her? Any clues?