Sarah Spradlin

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Honors Thesis


The Baby Boomer Generation is the largest generation to come into the health care system, but there is a lack of research in the nursing field on their unique needs for health care education. A 13- question descriptive study was created to assess Baby Boomer patient preferences on nursing discharge education and factors affecting their learning in the hospital. The survey was completed by 30 patients at a south-central U.S. hospital. The findings demonstrated that the majority of patients preferred face-to-face interaction with nursing staff and handouts they can take home to refer back to, once out of the hospital. Other technology based teaching methods such as educational videos and cellphone apps were less desired. A key for future nursing education is to incorporate preferred methods in patient discharge education, perhaps through a designated Nurse Educator or student nurse, to increase patient satisfaction with learning and compliance with treatment plans.

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