Helping Patients Understand
After surgery but before discharge, kidney transplant patients at HCMC work with nurse Jenny Bodner to prepare for how their lives will change, and the many day-to-day responsibilities that they must take on, as a result of their new organ. Jenny understands that this can be an overwhelming time for them, and that they often struggle to understand and remember everything that she tells them. To help them understand, she involves them in her teaching by asking them to explain things back to her in their own words and practice how they would react to situations. As Jenny explains, "The success of their transplant depends on how active they are in their health care."