Topic 1:

Do you feel socializing with your colleagues is beneficial in creating a better learning environment? Why or why not?


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Comment 1: (Ijeoma)

Socializing is a great way to relieve stress. There are times when one feels downcast and lonely and if you are the type that socializes, it helps at least to bring smiles to your face.

There are a lot you learn when you socialize with your colleagues. You may be pondering over a problem in your mind and would be surprised if voiced out, someone may have a solution for you.

Additionally when you socialize, maybe you are a nurse, your  colleagues will be assisting you do patient care since most hospitals are now turning Rn’s into CNA’s.


Comment 2: (natalie)

Socializing with colleagues is very beneficial.  Carol Huston points out in our text that “the research increasingly suggests that the different generations represented in nursing today may have different attitudes and value systems, which greatly impact the settings in which they work” and “workplace relationships are often influenced by these generational differences” (2020). It’s important to earn each other’s strengths. The youngest generation, known as Generation Y, is “technologically savvy, which is why some people call them ‘digital natives’ ” (Huston, 2020). I’ve frequently asked a younger coworker for help when it comes to the hard drive and finding saved documents. I’m strong in the Epic charting system but I get lost easily in the Microsoft Office applications.


Topic 2:

What are some key elements in motivating clients to improve health behaviors and outcomes? What role does the family play?


Comment 1: (tatevik)

There are various elements which can motivate the clients to improve their health behaviors and outcomes. Some of them are – help the clients set up SMART goals. In other words, the goals should be Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic or relevant and Timely or time-specific. These goals can be short-term or long-term. If their goals are to reduce weight or fat, the clients may need help of the physician or a healthcare service provider. This way, they can improve their health behavior. Using the question “why” always yields better results and encourage the clients to do better. Ask them “why they want to exercise” like questions changes their thinking and help them improve their health. Healthcare education is also one of the elements which should be implemented in motivating the clients to change their behavior. This is a way in which we have to educate them and let them know the importance of maintaining good health. Family is one of the key elements in promoting good health of an individual. When someone knows the importance of their family and the support they should give, then the individual’s way of looking at maintaining good health will change. Also, they should support the person who is trying various ways to maintain or change the health behavior. Medical practitioners will surely ask the family members few questions to understand the role they are going to play in changing the health behavior of an individual of the family. It is important because, family is anyone’s strength and with which we can achieve things easily. If any of the family member tries or change their health behavior, the person who is trying to change will get motivated and change their behavior automatically. Many surveys stated that a person in the family if stops unhealthy habits like smoking helped others in changing their dietary plans, reduced cardio-vascular diseases, as they change their health pattern by maintaining healthy food habits and changed their mindset towards leading a healthy life.


Comment 2: ijeoma


Ignorant could be implicated as one of the reasons patients do not improve health behavior. I once had a patient who is hypertensive and does not take his medications as prescribed. I made home visit and explained to him the importance of being diligent with his medications and if not he may end up with stroke. He was amazed and stated no one ever told him that. Education should be the number one key to assist patients on improving health behaviors.

Family play a role of helping patients in their ADL if they are not capable. They too can go as far as learning about the disease and management to better help their loved ones.






Reply 1: (Ijeoma)

I agree with you that socializing is one of the most effective ways that healthcare practitioners, including nurses, can utilize to find solutions for various challenges or problems in the healthcare environment. Socializing, therefore, promotes a better learning environment in healthcare settings because different individuals working as health care practitioners will come from different backgrounds and have different ideas and ways of dealing with challenges. Socializing, therefore, encourages the sharing of ideas and also breeds new ideas, which helps to promote a learning environment (Daniels et al., 2017). Without adequate socialization, health care practitioners working in a given healthy environment would therefore not be able to exchange ideas and to learn from each other’s experiences.


Daniels, K., Watson, D., & Gedikli, C. (2017). Well-Being and the Social Environment of Work: A Systematic Review of Intervention Studies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(8), 918.

Reply 2: (Natalie)

I agree with you that socializing can create a better learning environment in healthcare settings. This is because normal health care settings have diverse workers with different backgrounds and experiences. The diverse backgrounds and experiences of workers, therefore, make them knowledgeable in certain topics or areas while they may not possess adequate knowledge related to other topics. For instance, in a healthcare facility with workers from different cultural backgrounds, healthcare practitioners can work with each other to learn from each other’s culture so as to provide culturally competent care to patients. Through socializing, healthcare workers of diverse backgrounds can therefore exchange ideas and assist each other in delivering high-quality healthcare services to patients (Livi et al., 2018).


Livi, S., Theodorou, A., Rullo, M., Cinque, L., & Alessandri, G. (2018). The rocky road to prosocial behavior at work: The role of positivity and organizational socialization in preventing interpersonal strain. PLOS ONE, 13(3), e0193508.


Reply 1: (tatevik)

I agree with you that helping a patient to set clear goals can go a long way in motivating them to improve their health behaviors and outcomes. On the other hand, I believe that detecting the motivational needs of a patient and what contributes to their non-compliance to healthy behaviors can go a long way in motivating patients to improve their health behaviors. Healthcare practitioners should therefore remain vigilant to identify any warning sign of non-compliant patients. These include determining the history of a non-compliant patient, evaluating the lifestyle of a patient to determine whether it is conducive or not conducive to compliance to healthy behavior, evaluating the patient support network, and determining whether the patient-physician relationship would affect the motivation of a patient to improve their health behaviors. A patient who has a history of non-compliance to healthy behaviors is, therefore, more likely to ignore any advice provided by physicians (McCarron et al., 2019). On the other hand, a patient who may be living in an environment or lifestyle that is not conducive to health behaviors may struggle to adopt such behaviors. On the other hand, the lack of adequate patient support networks can undermine health behaviors, or the lack of trust between the patient and physician will undermine the ability of a patient to adopt healthy behaviors (McCarron et al., 2019).


McCarron, T. L., Noseworthy, T., Moffat, K., Wilkinson, G., Zelinsky, S., White, D., Hassay, D., Lorenzetti, D. L., & Marlett, N. J. (2019). Understanding the motivations of patients: A co‐designed project to understand the factors behind patient engagement. Health Expectations, 22(4), 709–720.


Reply 2: ijeoma

I agree with you that patient education is the ideal tool that Healthcare practitioners can rely on to motivate clients to improve their health behaviors. In some cases, patients will not be motivated to improve their health behavior because of a lack of health literacy. Patients with low health literacy, therefore, struggle to understand the reasons behind certain behavioral recommendations such as physical activities and eating a healthy diet for a patient with diabetes. By taking time to educate patients on the adverse effects of certain chronic conditions or the benefits of adopting certain health behaviors, healthcare practitioners can motivate patients to improve health behavior (Alavi et al., 2021).



Alavi, N., Hosseini, F., Mohammadi, E., & Sadat, Z. (2021). Scoping review on the concept of patient motivation and practical tools to assess it. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 26(1), 1.