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  1. Carroll, Lee MSN, RN-BC
  2. Pignataro, Shelly RN
  3. Shermont, Herminia MS, RN, NE-BC


Patient-directed information sessions were implemented on three inpatient surgical units as a method for education delivery. Patient-directed information sessions are brief education sessions that are influenced and planned based on current patient diagnosis, procedures, and treatments. The success of patient-directed information sessions has been shown by the more than 300 sessions offered, 2,500 participants, 200 topics, and an average of 8 participants per session over a 1-year period. A patient-directed information session facilitator class was then developed to train bedside nurses to facilitate the sessions during their own shifts. The training of facilitators has provided opportunities for professional development of the staff and increased education offerings on all nursing shifts.