Health Promotion in Nursing

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Health Promotion in Nursing
There are various definitions that apply to health promotion. Health promotion can be “the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health.” (Edelman, 2014, p. 12). According to Edelman there happens to be a more complex definition that was commissioned by the U.S. Public Health Service stating health promotion is ““the process of advocating health in order to enhance the probability that personal (individual, family, and community), private (professional and business), and public (federal, state, and local government) support of positive health practices will become a societal norm” (Edelman, 2014, p. 12).
Health promotion applied in nursing practice is vital for patients. Nurses apply health promotion everyday to their patients wither they realize it or not. Health promotion does not focus on a specific illness, it focuses on improving or maintaining the general health of individuals, families and communities. To successfully facilitate the improvement or maintenance with the patient’s health we must educate. There are many avenues that nurses have regarding health promotion and that is: education, practice, and research. Typically nurses have always taught their patients how to manage their daily lives with an illness, but now the purpose is more on how the patient can remain healthy and what preventative measures the nurse needs to implement for their patients.
Nursing roles and responsibilities have changed within the last ten years or so. The role of a nurse now is typically seen as being an advocates, educators, researchers, collaborators, partners, and policy-makers with a continued focus on community health. Nursing has become increasingly more involved in the process of health promotion. With budget cuts at facilities and high physician to patient scenarios, nurses implement

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