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Why This Nurse Writes

The nurses working with me often give me a hard time about all the educational handouts I give families at discharge. My goal w

hen a family walks out of the hospital is to have all the resources and information to confidently take care of their loved one or themselves. Not only do I spend as long as needed talking with families face to face and answering all their questions, but I also want them to have the information in written form to refer back to as needed. It is my job to educate and empower them. This is the same approach I take in my writing as well. My mission as a writer is to educate my audience so they can be well informed (When you know better you do better, right?) Taking complicated medical jargon and translating it into useable information for patients and families is an art that I have crafted over many years in the healthcare industry. Writing lets me reach a much broader audience than just the patients I came in contact with on a daily basis. It is estimated that there are approximately 1 million healthcare related searches performed on Google per day! That is around 70,000 searches per minute! [1] It’s important that the information that consumers receive is accurate and easy to understand and apply. This is why nurse writers are essential. They have the training and expertise to actually understand these complicated health concepts and the day-to-day experience of working with patients and families to communicate them effectively! "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"- Nelson Mandela

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