Health Promotion in Nursing Practice

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Health Promotion in Nursing Practice
Jenny Curie
Grand Canyon University


March 15, 2013

Health Promotion in Nursing Practice
Over the last decade an increase in focus on health promotion and the critical role nurses play in its future have developed. Nurses over the years have been linked to their success in patient education and providing resources for optimal health care outcomes. Formerly the emphasis in nursing practice has been in the capacity of caring for those that are acutely ill and treating a particular disease or illness in efforts to cure it. Recently the focus is moving towards illness prevention and a drive toward optimal health. The driving force in health care is in disease prevention and in light of the major changes in health care reform, it is stated that nurses will play a significant role in the future of health care, and “health promotion” is a large sector of that transformation (IOM, 2010). This paper outlines the definition of health promotion and the three levels of health prevention, along with nursing’s future roles and responsibilities in health promotion. Health Promotion and Nursing Roles

“Health Promotion is the art and science of helping people discover the synergies between their core passions and optimal health, enhancing their motivation to strive for optimal health, and supporting them in changing their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health” (O’Donnell, 2009). O’Donnell further examines health promotion and states optimal health is as a “balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health” (O’Donnell, 2009). Nurses play a critical role in promoting health education in their daily practices, whether it is in clinical settings, home-health environments or community based backgrounds, promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing illness is pivotal to the nursing profession. A shift is required and society needs to become more educated and aware of their illnesses and...
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