nurse educator discussions and question, health and medicine

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Submit an initial substantive post of 200-250 words (about 1 page length) to question.

Use headings for each main key point to clearly communicate to the reader the topic under discussion and leave no room for guessing. Your headings need to be Bold and aligned center-page.At least 3 References and citations should conform to the APA format.

Review the section on commercially prepared teaching materials. Take a stand on the issue of using free patient education materials provided by drug or formula manufacturers. Defend your position.

Please respond to the responses below.The postings should be approximately 100 words (about 1/2 page length) and include references as indicated by the instructor. Need 2 References and citations should conform to the APA format.

respond1 u5d1 Initial post by Lava

In a study conducted on reading materials by Shieh & Hosei (2008), they found that commercially printed materials had a reading level higher than the 9th grade which would cause problems for many patients. The material also lacked summary and modeled behaviors. Registered nurses rated the materials as not suited and reading levels needed to be lower and of better quality. I agree with their view regarding commercially printed materials. I have read many of these myself and question whether they really influence learning. One of the problems with these materials is health care professionals may not have assisted with these materials. Therefore, is the information correct (Bastable, 2014). Since we have been discussing the importance of goals and objectives and the importance of these concepts in learning, have the individuals who printed these materials even thought about what they want the reader to learn?

According to Bastable (2014), who produced the printed materials is very important, and were the materials reviewed by health care professionals prior to distribution. The accuracy of the materials is questionable in commercially printed information. Also I do not think some of the materials are at the comprehension levels of everyone. Also another concern is how are the materials printed to assist other patients whose primary language is not English. Finally, I really question whether the producers of the information considered who their audience is; the different learning styles, and possible learning deficits which could impact the reader’s comprehension (Bastable, 2014).



Bastable, S. (2014). Nurse as educator (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett

Shieh, C., & Hosei, B. (2008). Printed health information materials: Evaluation of readability and suitability. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 25(2). 73-90. doi: 10.1080/07370010802017083.

Response #2respond to the post below. postings should be approximately 100 words (about 1/2 page length) and include references as indicated by the instructor. Need 2 References and citations should conform to the APA format.

Swan’s Initial Post

There may be instances when using free patient education materials provided by drug companies or product manufacturers is appropriate. I say this because for many patients in impoverished areas, education materials may not be readily available or the healthcare professionals providing the education may be working with a very limited budget. There are some things that need to be taken into account before deciding to use this type of education materials. First, they need to be evaluated for accuracy, quality, and appropriateness (will the intended learners be able to read and understand them, do they cover the necessary topics, do they catch the reader’s attention, etc.) (De Young, 2014). When deciding to use commercially repaired materials from a company, the educator must also review the material for biases and merit (is the material evidence-based, was a healthcare professional involved in its creation, or was it solely the company attempting to market their product, etc.) (Bastable, 2014). If the material is deemed appropriate for use and will benefit the intended audience/learner, then it is okay to use. As an educator, I would feel okay about distributing such educational materials as long as I followed the above-mentioned steps to review the material first. However, I would also be sure to let the learners know that in no way am I endorsing the medication or product, but that the company has provided good educational material and that is why it is being used. I would also encourage them to speak with their physician about any questions or concerns they may have, any medications they are taking, and if they are interested specifically in the medication or product in the education material.


Bastable, S. (2014). Nurse as educator (4th ed.). Retrieved from [Bookshelf Online]…

De Young, S. (2014). Teaching strategies for nurse educators (3rd ed.). Retrieved from [Bookshelf Online]…

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