Health Literacy Clear Communication Workshop: Our Ethical Responsibility

Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

  • Pacific: 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Mountain: 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Central: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Eastern: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $20

Course Description:

The majority of adults have difficulty finding, processing, and understanding basic health information; yet low health literacy can be difficult to detect.  Low health literacy is associated with poor health outcomes including frequent emergency department visits, more hospitalizations with longer stays, and higher mortality.  Print education material, the most common source of health information, is often written at a high reading level.  Compounding the problem, many practicing nurses may have limited education and experience with health literacy.  An overview of health literacy will be presented with a discussion of the results from a study that evaluated nurse’s knowledge and experience prior to and following a health literacy education program.  The study used a convenience sample of nurses from a state OHN conference with a pretest-posttest design.  Recommendations including future directions to improve nurses’ knowledge and implement health literacy into practice will be discussed.

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this session, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify basic facts about health literacy.
  2. Describe the results of a health literacy education program on nurses’ knowledge.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. is additionally approved as a CNE provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (#CEP9283).

Presenter Information: 

Ann Marie Loiseau, DNP, MS, BSN, RN, CCM is a registered nurse, with a doctor of nursing practice degree.  She also has a Master of Science in education.  She is a certified case manager, school nurse, and elementary education teacher.  She has RN experience as a hospital staff nurse in medical/surgical and pediatric units, ambulatory care, home health, and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.  She was a case manager for individuals who suffered injuries in a motor vehicle or occupational accident, or had a long-term disability.  She has been the Director of Services at Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, a large physician practice, since 1994.  Her focus is on occupational health and communicating healthcare services offered by Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates to professionals and members of the community.  She has been coordinating continuing education programs for nurses and other healthcare professionals for over 20 years.  She has become passionate about improving health literacy through professional education programs and believes occupational health and case management nurses are in an ideal position to improve population health.  Ann Marie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Mike and her two sons, age 11 and 13. 

AAOHN Education Joint Provider:

University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Handouts will be available closer to the webinar date.

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