Nurses as Facilitator(s) of Web Based Delivery of Health Education: Weight Management

By Irene Heetebry and Myron Hatcher.

Published by The Learner Collection

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How can web based patient health-care education delivery be improved for weight management? Obesity is a major precursor to diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, depression, and social isolation. An extensive literature review was conducted in addition to a review of patient information delivery programs at The Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. After reviewing the literature and program results, it was concluded that patient care delivery requires patient’s pro-action. This is best accomplished by expanding the web based health education components under the supervision of a nurse. Nurses need to be involved in designing patient care systems. The effective integration of patients, nurses and physicians in developing web based delivery of health education will lead to improved compliance behavior via the system’s monitoring by the nurse. Nurse Managers will be able to cut the staffing needed to monitor patient progress. An increase in nursing staff satisfaction and patient satisfaction will be achieved. This article provides nurse managers with substantive information on how and why to implement web based delivery of patient education to improve the quality of life and longevity for the individual.

Keywords: Patient Education, Nurse, Nurse Facilitator, e-Learning, Web Based Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp.91-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.173MB).

Irene Heetebry

Nurse Practitioner in Adult Medicine, Department of Medicine, The Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Inc., Fresno, CA, USA

Ms. Heetebry is board certified by ANCC as a family nurse practitioner. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau international honors society of nursing. Ms. Heetebry has co-authored articles on system applications in health care. Her current research interest is improvement of the quality of life through parent education and empowerment. She is a leader in various fund raising events for the American diabetes association such as tour de cure. Ms. Heetebry has traveled extensive to gain knowledge of other health care delivery systems and interact with other health care professionals.

Dr. Myron Hatcher

Professor Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Craig School of Business, California State University, Fresno, CA, USA

E-learning and health care are a major focuses of my research. Decision Support Systems(DSS), Group Decision Making, Expert Systems, and Financial Management Information Systems are my specialty areas. Manpower management experience with hospitals provided a broad and in-depth background. The ability to integrate DSS and the provider offers unlimited potential. Experiences in Computer Systems included Data Base Management Systems at the University of Michigan, military, and consulting assignments. The artistic contribution to quantitative analysis was my goal. My holistic view was to integrate the person in the system resulting in an improved quality of life.

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