No Time to Teach: American Journal of Nursing 2010 Book of the Year!

I am thrilled to announce No Time to Teach: The Essence of Patient and Family Education for Health Care Providers has been chosen as an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year 2010 in the category of Nursing and Continuing Education.

Here is the review by Thomasine D. Guberski, PhD, CRNP, associate professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore:

In my experience, nurses don’t do enough patient education to cause a permanent behavior change. As an NP, I’m guilty too. My appointment times are limited, as is the time my inpatient nurse colleagues and some students tell me they can spend with individual patients. Too often, I’ve used a “one size fits all” approach to patient and family education because these time constraints make assessing a particular person’s or family’s need for education and then devising, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of a plan impossible. But reading this pocket-sized handbook means that’s no longer a valid excuse for giving inadequate attention to educating patients and families. Though small, the book packs a big punch. The author suggests, using concrete terms and examples, how to capitalize on the time that we have with patients and their families. For example, changing the question I ask myself from “What does the patient need to know?” to the more refined “What self-care skills does the patient need to survive?” shifts my focus from all the skills to know to those that are essential to know. And, rephrasing the question “do you know” as “tell me how” in discussions with patients lets me evaluate what they understand.

This book uses real-life examples we can identify with to reinforce critical teaching moments and the necessity of really understanding what information—correct and incorrect—the learners currently have. Almost every chapter has a quote to ponder and a frequently asked question or two that highlights the most important point presented.

For me, this book’s most useful take-away message was how to teach using an interpreter. The information on those few pages was immediately applicable to my clinical situations and can also be used to enhance the clinical information I need to obtain from patients during primary care visits.
• Fits in a pocket, so it’s always available
• Presents essential information clearly, concisely, and explicitly
• Provides invaluable information on using interpreters in health care settings

Thank you American Journal of Nursing, for this recognition. And thank you, readers!

8 Responses to “No Time to Teach: American Journal of Nursing 2010 Book of the Year!”

  1. Debra Phillips, MSN, RN says:

    Congratulations Fran!! I pass a copy of your book around in every nursing orientation patient/family education lecture that I do. I have also shared it with my patient education committees.
    I’m so glad you won!! Have a great 2011!!
    Debra Phillips, MSN, RN
    Patient Education Coordinator
    The Reading Hospital and Medical Center

  2. Diane Moyer says:

    Congratulations, Fran! Well deserved recognition. Finding the first edition of your book put my career path in a new direction and your book is one I often recommend to clinicians and students interested in learning about patient education! It is practical, funny and very on-target for any clinician.

  3. Kim Hume says:

    Congratulations Fran! Way to go! I appreciate your straight forward, no nonsense approach. It makes so much sense and seems so simple.
    Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us.

  4. Nita Pyle says:

    Congratulations on creating such a user friendly book. It has great information packed into an almost pocket size book. Thanks to AJN for recognizing your contribution.

  5. Thank you, all for the kind words and support!

  6. Yvonne Brookes says:

    Congratulations Fran. I am so proud to know you and am so grateful for all the work you have done.


  7. Kathy Ordelt says:

    Congratulations Fran! I have used both of your books to help steer patient education processes and classes for clinical staff at Children’s. I love how you get right to the “heart of patient education” with this book as you provide sound advice for clinical staff on what, when and how to teach. This honor is so well deserved!

  8. And thank you for your support through all the years leading up to this moment!

    For the record, I’ve met a number of these people who have commented through the Health Care Education Association (, an interdisciplinary group that is a great resource for networking and getting new ideas relating to patient education. It’s one thing to know the research, but quite another to figure out how to apply it to practice successfully. If you’re teaching patients, or teaching staff how to teach patients, you should look into HCEA.

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