Upstate News

June 12, 2002
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Professor’s new book highlights nurse’s role in patient education

Nurses have always been on the frontlines in the delivery of health care, helping people to stay well and assisting them to recover from illness and disability. The role of the nurse as educator of patients and families is paramount to giving people the skills they need to achieve the goals of self-care. In the new edition of the award-winning book “Nurse as Educator: Principles of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Practice,” Susan B. Bastable, Ed.D., associate professor in the College of Nursing at SUNY Upstate Medical University, provides a comprehensive and fundamental guide for professional nurses for whom patient education is an essential component of their practice.

“Nurses today are finding themselves with greater and greater responsibilities, especially when it comes to patient education,” said Bastable, a registered nurse. “Nurses must assess clients’ learning needs and styles and willingness to learn about their own health care and medical treatments. Among other things, nurses must also be aware of patient literacy levels and how motivated patients are in wanting to reach an optimum level of wellness.”

The second edition of “Nurse as Educator,” published in April 2002 by Jones and Bartlett Publishers, offers new information on the impact of technology, such as the Internet, on the teacher and the learner and how technology can be used in healthcare education.

Bastable was assisted in her work on the book by several colleagues at SUNY Upstate. Chapter contributors include University Hospital’s Priscilla Worral, Ph.D., coordinator of nursing research; Michelle Rinwalske, a nurse practitioner and nurse educator; Sharon Kitchie, a nurse educator and patient education coordinator; and Diane Hainsworth, an oncology case manager; Margaret Braungart, Ph.D, professor of psychology at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities; and Janice Nelson, Ed.D., professor emeritus and the first dean of the College of Nursing. Kathleen Fitzgerald, patient educator at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, also contributed a chapter to the book.

An instructor’s manual to accompany “Nurse as Educator,” which includes Power Point slides and test materials for all chapters of the textbook, is also available.

The first edition of “Nurse as Educator,” published in 1997, was named Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing in the nursing education/continuing education category.

Bastable, who also serves as chair of the undergraduate program in the College of Nursing, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999.

She resides with her husband, Jeffrey, in Fayetteville.

Editors: If you would like a photo of Susan B. Bastable, email

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