Week 1 _ Disease Fact Sheet



Sir Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is power.” This is most definitely true when it comes to diseases and how to prevent and treat them. As a nurse, you are charged with teaching patients how to prevent infectious diseases and what to do if they become infected. A powerful tool in your arsenal is the Fact Sheet. Usually comprised of one page of easy-to-read content, these leaflets can be distributed easily and can effectively inform your practice.

To prepare for this Assignment:

· Select one disease that is either emerging or re-emerging in the world today.

· Research the disease using both scholarly and non-scholarly resources.

· Determine your audience (patients, other nurses, schools, etc.) that you would want to share the Fact Sheet with.

· Select pieces of information that are appropriate for your audience.

Assignment Instructions:

Disease:  Meningococcal Disease

Audience: General Public and Healthcare Professionals in Behavioral Health Settings

· Submit: A 1- to 2-page Fact Sheet. 

· Indicate the audience on the Fact Sheet. 

· Give a brief history of the disease. 

· What are the implications of the spread of the disease? 

· How does one detect and prevent the spread of this disease? 

· How is this disease treated? 

· Your Fact Sheet should be visually stimulating, appropriate for your audience, and formatted with bullet points for easy reading. 

· Support your “facts” with at least 3 references.