Grand Canyon University
Family Centered Health Promotion
NRS - 429V
November 03, 2012
Health Promotion - The Fruitful Life Choice
Health promotion is defined as the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health (Edelman & Mandle, 2010). The World Health Organization (WHO) believes health promotion allows health to be a resource and not the objective of living (WHO, 2012). This paper will review the purpose of health promotion as related to nursing practice. This paper will discuss how nursing roles and responsibilities have evolved in regards to health promotion. This paper will describe an implementation model for program initiation of health promotion. This paper will provide description on how nursing implements health promotion on a primary, secondary, and tertiary level. Health promotion provides clients with an avenue to enhance their quality of life (Edelman & Mandle, 2010). Nurses have a responsibility to educate their clients on disease prevention and awareness of optimal health practices. Preventative health practices will give clients a longer and fruitful life while decreasing the rising cost of healthcare. Through education clients obtain information to make informed decisions on health. Once the client implements such practices the benefits will be noticeable. This will often encourage the client to keep these practices. When coordinating patient care, providing actual care, and when educating clients it is imperative that nurses always think preventative. The Healthy People 2020 initiative suggests using the MAPIT technique for implementing health promotion programs. In this technique partners for the suggested program are identified. The community needs are established and a plan is developed. The health promotion plan is then implemented and a way to track progress is established. When looking at implementation of...