Review of Literature
Grand Canyon University
Health promotion is about promoting, improving, advancing, supporting, encouraging and placing the health status of individuals and communities higher on personal and public agendas. The goal of health promotion is to enable the people to have increase control over the aspects of their lives and to improve their health and well-being.
The purpose of health promotion in nursing practice is to promote and provide information to individuals and allow them to make changes in their health behavior. Health promotion is also protection from diseases, maintaining and improving the health of individuals, families and the community. Nurses have an important role in health promotion because nurses are considered the most visible profession of the health care industry and because it is a profession that is based on advanced and continuing education.
In today’s evolving health care, increase needs are placed on the nurse and the nursing profession with the health care changing from acute care to preventive care. Since the home and community are becoming major sites for care, nurses must assume more integrated roles and become involve in the prevention of disease and the promotion of health. Nurses have many roles and responsibilities when it comes to health promotion. Nurses serve as patient advocates, care managers, consultants, deliverer of services, educator, healer and researcher. Nurses as advocates, helps patients coordinate use of resources and make sure the patients received high quality, appropriate and cost-effective care. Nurses as care managers, helps patients avoid any type of care that is unproven, ineffective or unsafe. They collaborate with other nurses, physicians, the family and other members of the treatment team. Nurses as consultants, provides knowledge about health promotion and disease prevention. They provide patients with information as consultants in their area...
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