What Is a Nursing Patient Teaching Plan?

A nursing teaching plan is the tool that nurses use to identify their patients’ health education needs and the strategies they use to implement patient teaching. Nursing teaching plans should be initiated beginning at the time of patients’ admission and completed before patients are discharged from the hospital.

Nursing teaching plans should focus primarily on the health information that is absolutely necessary for patients to learn. Teaching plans should be implemented only at times when patients are receptive to learning about their health problems. Nurses should make sure that their lessons are not interrupted and avoid patient teaching during meal times or visiting hours.

Nurses should also ensure that their teaching plans do not contain medical jargon or complex explanations to order for their patients to understand everything that is being taught. They should consider the educational attainment and literacy of their plans when they are creating a teaching plan.

At the end of a teaching encounter, nurses should evaluate what their patients have learned and whether any significant knowledge gaps about health problems still exist. Patients should be encouraged to ask questions and summarize the material that has been covered.

All nursing teaching plans need to be documented in medical records, along with how patients responded to them.