VirginiaHenderson’s need theory states that the unique role of a nurse isto help people, whether sick or ailing, to perform activities thatpromote their health or recovery these include tasks that they couldhave carried out comfortably on their own if they had the necessarystrength, knowledge, or will. Essentially, this is aimed at ensuringthat the individuals gain independence once more as soon as possiblein such a way, nurses must strive to understand the unique needs oftheir patients (Stokes & Urquhart, 2011 Tilley, 2015). In brief,the need theory reiterates the importance of increasing a patient’sindependence in order to facilitate his/her continued healing processafter hospitalization. Effectively, the need theory endorses the needfor patient education in order to mitigate atherosclerosis.
Therationale for choosing the theory is the fact that educating patientsequips them with the knowledge or skills they require to promotetheir own healing after hospitalization. Correspondingly, the needtheory holds that the role of a nurse is to assist the patient toattain independence, including through gaining knowledge, in order topromote his/her healing process (Goudreau & Smolenski, 2013). Insuch a manner, the need theory supports education as a potentialintervention in regulating atherosclerosis.
Iintend to incorporate the need theory in my project by conducting areview of prevailing research that support patient education as afeasible intervention for atherosclerosis. In addition, I willreview recent studies that provide evidence-based support for theaforementioned solution (education) in alleviating theatherosclerosis. In such a manner, the project will be based ondemonstrating the role of patient education as a potential solutionfor the prevalent problem of atherosclerosis particularly, it willbe targeted at how this is a sustainable solution.
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Tilley,L. (2015). Theoryand practice in the bioarchaeology of care.Cham: Springer.