Health Education for the Public Project
We would like to establish a model for nurses to provide easy-to-understand health information to the public. Nurses are the health professionals who are educated specifically to teach patients about health care. Unfortunately, some health professionals fail to clarify key points and use highly technical language when imparting health information. Nurses often find themselves translating information that physicians give, including critical diagnostic and treatment data, so patients can understand it. There are sources of relatively straightforward health information, like WebMD, but as their names suggest, the information is still imparted mainly from the physician perspective.
We propose having nurse experts build a series of online health education pages (on the Coalition's website or elsewhere), so patients and the public can learn from a pragmatic, holistic nursing perspective. That will present nurses to the world as health experts.