In honor of Nurse’s week which was Sunday, May 6 to Saturday, May 12, I want to discuss the importance of empowered patients.
As a Registered Nurse, I pride myself on advocating for patients, but too empowering them is just as important as well. When I discuss empowered patients, I mean it in terms of an action word, to empower, which according to Merriam-Webster, is to give power to (someone).
The United States has a complex health care system and it is difficult to navigate – this is one of the tasks an Aging Life Care Professional® helps with. In order to navigate the complex health care system patients and families must be empowered. The key to patient empowerment is information and education. Francis Bacon said it best and it is true “Knowledge is power.”
Patient empowerment is emerging as a new paradigm in the health care system, but for Nurses, I’d have to say it has been a…