The National Library of Medicine supports several sites such as MedlinePlus, NIH Senior Health, and

The National Library of Medicine supports several sites such as MedlinePlus, NIH Senior Health, and


Half of page per response to my peers, with references, use first person, thank you. Discussion

Respond in one or more of the following ways:
1)Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional background information, evidence, or research

using an in-text citation in APA format.
2)Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings, synthesizing the information to provide

new perspectives.
3)Validate an idea with your own experience and additional research.
4)Expand on your colleagues’ postings by providing additional insights or contrasting perspectives based

on readings and evidence.

Health Literacy
Education is essential to the workplace not only for the patient but for the nurse who is providing

care to the patient. Many healthcare workers such as nurses do not realize how important it is to

educate patients on managing their own care to prevent or reduce health issues. Stress symptoms may be

affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that

nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually

be the culprit (American Psychological Association, 2010). Stress is a leading cause of staff turnover

even for nurses. Given the growing importance of the issues of recruitment and retention to nursing in

general, and some specialty areas in particular, there is a need to understand the career pathways of

nurses and the factors that impact upon these (Kovner & Knickman, 2011, p.361).
Nurse’s Role in Improving the Health Literacy
In an article by Dorothy Dunn, she discusses the role of nurses in health literacy particularly in

screening and assessing for health literacy levels among patients and their families at each health care

encounter (Dunn, 2010). Health literacy can have a positive outcome for patient’s diagnosis and

treatment plan. The assessment and the use of plain language among healthcare professionals when

communicating with patients increase health literacy. This is a vital role of the nurse to improve

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