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Creating a Medication Health Teaching Plan


Objectives :
•Apply the principles of health teaching to create, administer and evaluate a medication health teaching plan  
•Recognize and write important teaching points to a patient who is prescribed a common medication   
•Utilize high-level teamwork and creativity in completing the assignment 

Overview :
Learners will work in groups to create a Brochure.The purpose of this assignment is to teach patients about a commonly prescribed medication and create a tool that presents the information in lay terms.  

Groups can choose one of the medications from the list below: 
4. Warfarin     
5. Metoprolol     
6. Amlodipine      
7. Pantoprazole 
8. Citalopram     
9. Percocet     
10. Diltiazem      
11. Dlendronate     
12. Aricept     
13. Digoxin 
14. Gabapentin 
15. Nitroglycerin transdermal patch 
16. Salbutamol (+ aerochamber) 
17. Advair diskus (+ how to administer)
18. Nitroglycerin SL spray* (+ how to administer) 
19. Innohep (+ how to inject) 
20. Humalog (insulin pen + autoshield) 
21. Humulin R (insulin pen + autoshield) 
22. Lantus (insulin pen + autoshield)
23. Combivent (nebules + using a nebulizer) 

Medications with an asterisk above require discussion of route of administration as one of their pharmacologic teachings. 

Marking Criteria :
Marking is based on the learners’ discussion of the chosen medication, and ability to translate medical terminology to lay terms. The following elements must be included:  

1. Indication for the medication, how it works, including a brief pathophysiology of the related disease condition(s)  

2. Three common adverse and three common side effects. Include patient teaching for each adverse effect is experienced, and how a patient can manage each side effect. 

3. At least three relevant medication-related patient teachings. Examples of medication related teachings are under each medication in the Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses. At least three non-pharmacologic (lifestyle approaches) that complement medication therapy.  An example of non-pharmacologic strategy is low-fat diet for a patient who is prescribed a nitroglycerin patch. Non-pharmacologic teachings are for the disease or condition that the patient has. 

4. Relevant pictures/illustrations that demonstrate the skill or information  

Lay terms:
Medical terminology can be overwhelming for any patient. Translating information into lay terms (Grade 6 education) means translating medical terminology into plain, standard English.  For example, a nurse explaining that a medication can cause hypotension may not be as effective as saying that a medication can cause blood pressure to decrease.  

Assignment Formats:  
Learner full names and section must be clearly identified on the “cover” of the project.  Please review syllabus related to late assignment policy.  Learners must complete this assignment to pass the course. 

Accepted Resources:
A minimum of three academic resources are required, such as the Pharmacology textbook, nursing drug guide, Lippincott Advisor (within the last five years) Other academic resources are not  acceptable even if they are cited appropriately.,, and are NOT scholarly sources. Including and or using these resources will result in a zero for APA.

All information must be paraphrased and or summarized. It is essential that the learner take the information and put it into his or her own words. NO in-text citations or quotations. APA reference list is only required.  

Marking Rubric:




Therapeutic use of the medications: Learners connect the correct therapeutic use of the medication with a brief discussion of pathophysiology of related disease process.  Wording is concise and clear in lay terms.

Name of medication both generic and brand name.


Brief Description of how the medication works (in lay terms).


Identify a related disease condition and briefly discuss the pathophysiology.  


Common Adverse & Side Effects: Learners provide clear and concise discussion of a minimum of three most important adverse effects and a minimum of three most common side effects. Patient management (to promote safety and enhance comfort) of common adverse and side effects are presented in a brief and accurate manner in lay terms.

Three most common Side effects


Patient management for each side effect. (What should a patient do if they experience these side effects?)


Three most common Adverse



Patient management for each adverse effect. (What should a patient do if they experience an adverse effect?)


Complementary Health Strategies: Learners include a minimum of three appropriate pharmacologic (medication related) and three nonpharmacologic (healthy lifestyle) approaches and clearly explain each teaching in lay terms.

Three pharmacologic (medication related) teachings. Brief and in lay terms


Three nonpharmacologic (healthy lifestyle) approaches. Brief and in lay terms.


APA (7th ed.) format (headings and reference list), spelling and grammar, standard professional tone, reader-friendly layout, and overall presentation.  

References are current (published within the last five years), relevant and evidence-based academic sources and in APA format; the assignment contains very few spelling or grammatical mistakes. The content is presented in a logical sequence. The assignment is creative with helpful visual aids.  

Minimum of three references: they are current and academic. Listed in appropriate APA format.  Images are referenced appropriately.  


Few spelling or grammatical mistakes. 3 or less.  


Logical sequence


Creativity & visually stimulating


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