Making a Difference: Practicing Patient-centered Care
September 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT, 11:00 AM MDT, 10:00 AM PDT
Today, patient-centered care involves more than just medically treating your patients. It focuses on building and sustaining personal, professional and organizational relationships among patients and their families. It involves effectively communicating and collaborating with your patients and educating them and their loved ones on things that matter most to their health and well-being. As a nurse, you are encouraged to empower your patients to be actively involved in the decision-making regarding treatments and how they wished to be cared for. Thatís why it is important for you to understand the needs, values and preferences of your patients to ensure that the best decisions are made.