205681 Evaluating and revising health education materials as a student clinical activity

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ilene Sue Prokup, MS, PHNCS, BC , Nursing Department, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Health education is an integral part of community health nursing practice. Education provides knowledge which promotes informed decision making by individuals, families, groups, and communities. Information which is distributed that is not at an appropriate level of comprehension for the reader(s) leads to frustration and lack of action by the reader(s). Nurses often assume that the literature which they distribute is written at an appropriate level for comprehension. This presentation will describe a two-part learning experience used in a community health nursing course for RN/BSN students which challenges that assumption. Students are taught how to 1) identify tools for evaluating health literature, 2) critically evaluate health education materials, and 3) revise, when necessary, the material they have evaluated. Results of the project, including application to professional practice will be shared.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe a learning experience for RN/BSN students which promotes critical analysis of existing patient literature. 2. Apply health literacy tools to the evaluation and revision of health literature. 3. Identify the relevance of the student project to professional practice.

Keywords: Public Health Nursing, Health Literacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have taught this content to RN/BSN students in a baccalaureate nursing program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.