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Registered nurses (RNs) have a significant role in communicating health information to patients. The problem addressed in this study was RNs roles with health literacy and communicating health information using words that the patient understands. This study found that ambulatory RN perspectives on their roles in health literacy and patient communication may improve health outcomes and optimal wellness. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine and describe ambulatory RN perspectives on their roles in health literacy and patient communication, as these are necessary components linked to better health outcomes. The conceptual framework for this study was the nurse role effectiveness model. Fifteen RNs participated in face-to-face, structured, interviews using open-ended questions to contribute perspectives on health literacy roles and nurse-patient communication. Data analysis consisted of Miles and Huberman's methodology to code, extract, sort, review, generalize, and examine for themes. Emergent themes and key findings of this study may improve the gap in knowledge regarding ambulatory RN perspectives on health literacy roles and patient communication, as well as more awareness of the term health literacy, increased formal training on the concepts of health literacy, and techniques to formally assess patients' understanding of health information. An opportunity exists to bridge the gap between RN knowledge of health literacy roles and patient communication. Positive social change implications for health services include promoting RN health literacy roles and strategies for effective communication to promote patient behavior changes for optimal wellness.
Redden, Gloria Medina, "Ambulatory Registered Nurse Perspectives on Health Literacy Roles and Patient Communication" (2017). Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 3365.