A Depth Analysis Of Wellness And How It Is Achieved And Its Relationship Within The Nursing Profession

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Abstract The purpose of this concept paper is to provide an in-depth analysis of Wellness and how it is achieved and its relationship within the nursing profession. Wellness is a concept that is not easily understood because it is perceived differently by each individual. In today’s health care world nurses need to be competent in wellness promotion and how to provide holistic care in order for their clients to achieve optimal wellness. Wellness is multidimensional and consist of physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, spiritual wellness. After reading this paper you will be able to define Wellness and its six dimensions. You will also understand the importance of wellness for the future of nursing education and practice. Keywords: wellness, holistic care, optimal wellness, health promotion, nursing process, Healthy People 2020, physical wellness, The Concept of Wellness When you think of wellness what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Everyone has their own perception of wellness; even though wellness and health are used interchangeably they represent two different concepts. Health was defined by the World Health organization in 1948 as, “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Defining wellness and how it is integrated into the nursing profession is becoming an important concept in health promotion since wellness and health are a continuum of the other. The six dimensions of
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