As a nurse we hear about this ad nauseum, but it is an integral part of our job. We are on the front line of patient care and communication. Our role as patient advocate includes educating our patients from admission through discharge. Of course, discharge planning begins at admission. The following link has some helpful tips to improve your practice in patient education. Don’t be afraid to talk to your patients. They need you to ask questions and ask if they understand their meds and discharge instructions.