Recovery Education: a tool for psychiatric nurses



M. B. Knutson

606 N. Sprague Street


MN 55921




Accessible summary

  • Recovery Education is a series of innovative lessons used by nurses to teach groups of patients in an inpatient Behavioral Health Unit.
  • The programme is based on a recovery model promoting hope, security, support/managing symptoms, empowerment, relationships, coping and finding meaning.
  • Recovery Education aims to help patients move forward step-by-step on their recovery journey and become healthier and more able to prevent relapse.
  • Making the group process for psychoeducation more consistently therapeutic was an example of research in action on our unit.


Patient teaching is vital for nursing care of psychiatric patients. This paper describes the process of developing Recovery Education as a tool for nurses who lead daily patient education groups. Gundersen Lutheran's Recovery Model developed for the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit includes seven Elements of Recovery – Hope, Security, Support/Managing Symptoms, Empowerment, Relationships, Coping and Finding Meaning. Concepts of cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and case-based education were woven through recovery lessons in ready-to-use folders. Statistics on patient satisfaction and patient outcome data were positive. Education for self-management can move patients forward to improve health and healing on their recovery journey.