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Nursing Grand Rounds Nurses Critical Role in Enhancing Health Literacy

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Dartmouth Health Continuing Education for Professionals Home, Nursing Grand Rounds “ Nurses™ Critical Role in Enhancing Health Literacy, 2/18/2022 8:00:00 AM - 2/18/2025 9:00:00 AM, Nurses are at the forefront of healthcare delivery and play a vital role in the promotion of health literacy. Health literacy is often not well understood by nurses, not commonly approached as a health care system issue, and is not universally executed across health care domains. Strategies and initiatives must be implemented to prepare nurses and other health care providers to embrace the importance of health literacy. Patient empowerment, engagement, and maximized health outcomes will not be achieved unless health literacy is applied universally for every patient, every time, in every health care encounter, and across all areas of care.

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Terri Ann Parnell DNP, MA, RN, FAAN 
Principal & Founder, Health Literacy Partners, LLCRegistration

Learning Outcome(s)
At the conclusion of this learning activity, (at least 75% of) participants will be able to describe a health literacy universal precautions approach that will enhance patient-provider communication.

Bibliographic Sources
¢ Parnell TA, Stichler JF, Barton AJ, Loan LA, Boyle DK, Allen PE. A concept analysis of health literacy. Nurs Forum. 2019 Jul;54(3):315-327. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12331. Epub 2019 Feb 21. PMID: 30793314.
¢ Parnell, Terri Ann. (2018). Weaving Health Literacy Strategies Throughout the Fabric of Healthcare Organizations. In Vassilios E. Papalois and Maria Theodospoulou (Eds.), Optimizing Health Literacy for Improved Clinical Practices (pp. 17-31). Hersey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global. ISBN13: 9781522540748
¢ Barton, A.J., Allen, P.E. Boyle, D. K., Loan, L.A., Stichler, J. F., Parnell, T.A. (2018). Health Literacy: Essential for a Culture of Health. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 2018;49(2):73-78.
¢ Loan, L., Parnell, T.A., Stichler, J.F., Boyle,D.K., Allen,P., VanFosson, C.A.,  Amy J. Barton. (2017). Call for action: nurses must play a critical role to enhance health literacy, Nursing Outlook. 
¢ Parnell, T.A. (2015). Health Literacy in Nursing: Providing Person-Centered Care. New York, New York: Springer Publishing Company, ISBN-13: 9780826161727


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