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A look at the role of parent educators in health care.
# 151798 | 2,178 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US


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Description:

This paper explores the role of parent educators, who form a specialized subcategory of patient educators in the field of public health. According to the paper, parent educators work closely and exclusively with pregnant and/or parenting individuals in an effort to improve maternal and child health, focusing on ages from prenatal up to age five. The paper further notes that due to their close, personal work with families and individuals regarding many health care issues, parent educators, and by definition all health educators, are in a prime position to advocate for viable and effective resolutions to many health care dilemmas. Then, the paper presents a case study of a parent education who works in a hospital setting, describing her function and role in the organization. Next, the paper highlights professional standards and ethics of a parent educator. The paper concludes by stating that parent educators serve as linkages between the client and other needed healthcare professionals.

Outline:

The Parent Educator's Role
Description of the Organization
Role Within the Organization
Description of Function
Professional Standard: Critical Thinking
Professional Standard: Reflective Thinking
Professional Standard: Ethics and Sustainable Futures
Professional Standard: Information Literacy and Computer Literacy
Professional Standard: Diversity
Professional Standard: Synergy and Human Capital

From the Paper:

"In accordance with the hospital's stated mission, the Lourdes Parent Educator Network is also dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities. The network seeks to strengthen and improve families by focusing on maternal and child health, preventing child abuse and neglect, and promoting positive parenting practices. Parent educators like Mrs. Webb conduct home visits to pregnant or parenting individuals. During the home visits, parent educators make assessments, provide education and instruction based on a preset curriculum, and address any questions or concerns that the family may have in the area of pregnancy, childbirth, child development, parenting techniques, or any other health care area of concern.
"Mrs. Webb expressed that the home visits are at the heart of the parent educator's program (personal communication, February 20, 2010). It is during the home visits that trusting relationships between the client and the educator are formed. This mutually rewarding and respectful relationship forms the basis for a reciprocal sharing that allows Mrs. Webb and other parent educators to support their client families. Parent educator support can come in many forms, from linking families with appropriate clinics, doctors, therapists, and other health care providers, to simply serving..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Healthy Families America. (2008). About us: Critical elements. Retrieved from http://www.healthyfamiliesamerica.org/about_us/critical_elements.shtml
  • Lourdes Hospital. (2010). About us: Our mission. Retrieved from http://www.lourdes.com/About_Us/mission_history.aspx
  • Minnesota Department of Health. (2010), Mdh home visitor training manual: Minnesota training partnership. Retrieved from http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/mch/HOMEcurriculum/chp2/handout1.html
  • Report of the 2000 Joint Committee on Health Education and Promotion Terminology. (2001). Journal of Health Education, 32(2), 89.

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

Parent Educators and Health Care (2012, September 25) Retrieved December 13, 2018, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/parent-educators-and-health-care-151798/

MLA Format

"Parent Educators and Health Care" 25 September 2012. Web. 13 December. 2018. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/parent-educators-and-health-care-151798/>

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