The Effects of Health Promotion on Nursing

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The Effects of Health Promotion on Nursing
With the health care field changing so rapidly, especially with The Affordable Care Act coming into play, it is crucial for nurses to teach health promotion to the patient population. Nurses have the responsibility to care for their patients and this includes educating them about their healthcare. There are three different levels of health promotion: primary, secondary, and tertiary health promotion. Although the three levels have different focus aspects, they may still overlap in some areas when teaching patients about their healthcare. “Health promotion is defined as the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health” (Grand Canyon 2011). Health promotion is one of the primary responsibilities of the nursing profession, enabling the patient population to take responsibility for their own health care. It is the duty of the nurse to provide the patient with the knowledge and equipment available that is needed to promote well-being and remain without illness or disease. This can be a challenge for the nurse and the patient due to so many different types of learning styles and teaching strategies. Therefore, it is important for the nurse to assess the learning needs of the patient in order to adequately provide the needed information. Throughout history, the nursing profession has went through many changes and advancements that has led to better care of the patient population. In the past, nursing has been based in the hospital setting with a focus on disease management and in this setting there have been clear cut roles such as the doctor, the nurse, the respiratory therapist, the physical therapist etc. However, recently there has been a switch in this model of care to a community-based healthcare initiative with a focus on health education and preventative care. With nurses based in the home setting, the roles have become less clear cut and more hazy. Nurses are taking on more...
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