Health Promotion in Nursing Care

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HEALTH PROMOTION IN NURSING CARE
Deanna Maté
Grand Canyon University: NRS-429V Family Centered Health Promotion October 14, 2012
Health Promotion in Nursing Care
To minister to whole beings with tender loving care and to create an environment in which the patient can find healing was the vision of Florence Nightingale. (McBeth, 2000, p. 75) Florence Nightingale went on to say,

It is fundamental that the hospital shall do nothing to harm the patient. My view, you know, is that the ultimate destination of all nursing is the nursing of the sick in their own homes… I look to abolition of all hospitals and workhouse infirmaries. But no use to talk about the year 2000. (McBeth, 2000, p. 75)

Is it so ironic, that it has taken one hundred and fifty years to get us to this point? Florence Nightingales’ vision is the base for our Health Promotion system. In short, the Health Promotion movement will deal with physical, social, and mental wellbeing and strives to empower the individual to take control over what matters in regards to their health. Through education, it will be accomplished throughout the patient’s life span. The trend in the 21st century is to begin at the elementary school level and gravitate upward into higher levels of education by the year 2020. When reviewing the three articles chosen for this project, the article Health promotion model for childhood violence prevention and exposure, it is said, “Health promotion involves motivating someone to improve their well-being and actualize their health potential.” (Skybo & Polivka, 2007, p. 39) The article Childhood obesity: the nurses’ role in addressing the epidemic Health promotion it speaks about, “sustained lifestyle changes in diet and exercise are the cornerstones of obesity management.” (Rabbitt & Coyne, 2012, p. 733) In the Preventive Services Update, the focus is on prevention, “prevention is a key concept in complementary, alternative, and...
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