Evaluation Of A Holistic Teaching Approach

1382 WordsOct 14, 20156 Pages
Patients diagnosed with Diabetes have very wide-ranging learning needs. These learning needs are concentrated on managing their glucose levels and preventing complications associated with diabetes. The learning points for managing diabetes are multifaceted and include: monitoring blood glucose levels, food/nutrition planning, physical activity, skin care, medication education, knowledge of the disease process and how to handle hypo/hyperglycemic incidents. It is important to inform a patient that being diagnosed with diabetes requires lifestyle changes, especially in the areas of nutrition and exercise. Making changes is one of the greatest challenges patients will encounter in managing their diabetes. The main goal of a holistic teaching approach is to provide the patient with the knowledge to be able to make autonomous behavioral changes to improve their overall health and manage their diabetes. The nurse must first identify the patient’s needs. It is important to recognize the needs and problems of the individual patient and her family. Based on the assessment of the patient’s health behaviors and needs, the nurse can then formulate a nursing diagnosis and plan of treatment. The treatment plan should be modified in terms of the patient’s needs and educational level. By assessing the patient’s readiness for health education, the nurse determines patient expectation and what they want to learn. The nurse will organize, analyze, synthesize, and summarize collected data. The
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