Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

How does a nurse assess the learning needs of the client when planning to facilitate learning?

 

Q: How does a nurse assess the learning needs of the client when planning to facilitate learning?
A: Developing an evidence-based, tailored, educational design begins with assessing the relevant social determinants of health and continues with the assessment of the learning needs of the client and their individual characteristics, such as life experiences and self-direction. The literature reports that client’s needs and learning preferences are not always taken into consideration when teaching methods or programs are being developed (Trento et al., 2004). Assessment of the client prior to delivery of education information sets the foundation for the client to engage in the process of receiving and understanding the information presented to them.