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

health literacy.
Resource for Evaluating Online Health Information
One resource I would recommend to patients for evaluating online health information is MedlinePlus

because it is resourceful and the information is reliable and the National Institutes of Health’s Web

site is for patients and their caregivers, family members and friends. MedlinePlus is produced by the

National Library of Medicine which is the world’s largest medical library. A patient is able to get

information about diseases, treatments and wellness issues in the language that they speak whether it is

English or Spanish. MedlinePlus is reliable, up-to-date health information that can be assessed from

anywhere free of charge and no password needed.
MedlinePlus Beneficial
MedlinePlus is beneficial and can be used to educate on the latest treatments for conditions,

information on a drug or supplement and medical terminology. There are medical videos and illustrations

available. Another benefit in using MedlinePlus is links are available to the latest medical research on

topics clinical trials on a disease or condition. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on

it for information that is authoritative and up-to-date. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the

National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 950 diseases and conditions. There are

directories, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive

information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to

thousands of clinical trials. MedlinePlus is updated daily and can be bookmarked at the URL: is no advertising on this site, nor does MedlinePlus endorse any company

or product (MedlinePlus, 2015).
Assisting Patients in Online Health Information
Patient access to health information and their personal health records is important in today’s

healthcare. Additional strategies for assisting patients in becoming informed consumers of online health

information are educating patients on the different resources that are available to them online and

possible demonstrating how to access this information. The National Library of Medicine supports several

sites such as MedlinePlus, NIH Senior Health, and All of these sites are designed to

get medical information directly to the patients. These sites increase patient access to information.

Patient should be educated on how to access information such as electronic health records for

facilitating increased patient-provider communication and information sharing.

Dunn, D. (2010). The Nurse Role in Health Literacy. Retrieved