Health Promotion Essay

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Health Promotion Health promotion is an important part of a nurse’s role. To help prevent disease and promote healthy lifestyle options a nurse should encourage patients through educating them and communicating effectively to enable patients to adopt Health promoting attitudes and behaviours NMC (2008) This essay will be focussed on a patient cared for by the author, on a clinical placement and a description of how a situation of health promotion had been delivered by the student nurse. The names of the people have been change to protect confidentiality in accordance to the NMC (2008). As a Student Nurse it is imperative to recognise in depth and explore what health promotion is and how we can empower patients to make informed, healthy decisions regarding their health. The WHO 2011 states that “Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.” To be able to deliver health promotion we need an understanding for of its meaning. Viner & Macfarlane (2005) identify that ‘Health promotion is the science or art of helping people change their lifestyle to move towards a state of optimal health. Lifestyle change can be facilitated through a combination of efforts to increase awareness, change behaviour, and create environments that support good health practices’ To start to explore health promotion I will talk about an event where a student nurse has promoted health to one of her patient’s. A discussion of the intervention and how it was delivered and the rationale behind it. The model of health promotion chosen to help promote the patients’ health is The information giving model, this model helps deliver health promotion providing education and facts to patients to help people make their own

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