Health Promotion and Nursing

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Health Promotion and Nursing Betsy Owens Grand Canyon University: Family Centered Health Promotion October 3, 2013 Health Promotion in Nursing Health promotion is very important to the nursing profession. It is one of the most important aspects of their career and should be practiced from the first day they are a nurse. It not only helps the patient to live a more healthy life, but a longer life without complications. Nurses take on many roles in health promotion, and as such should know the definition. The definition of health promotion varies throughout the nursing field. One such definition is “the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health.” (Greiner &…show more content…
One such example of primary prevention is childhood obesity. A nurse can help parents and children by providing nutrtional advice, and through weight management programmes, offer stategies for decreasing caloric intake and increasing physical activity (Coyne & Rabbitt, 2012) before the child becomes obese. Secondary health promotion is prevention. This ranges from providing screening activities and treating early stages of disease to limiting disability by averting or delaying the consequences of advanced disease, and limiting disability is a vital role for nursing since preventive measures are primarily therapeutic and are aimed at arresting the disease and preventing further complications (Greiner & Edelman, 2010). An example of this would be blood pressure screenings. By doing these screenings, nurses can have a direct impact on prevention and early detection (Lucky, Turner, Hall, Lafaver, & de Werk, 2011). These screenings help to limit future disability because of the different comorbidities associated with hyptertension. The third and final promotion is tertiary. This is when the patient already has a defect or disability that is irreparable. It helps the patient return to a useful place in society and to maximize their lives. A good case in point of this is chronic kidney disease that leads to end stage renal disease which requires dialysis. According to Renal Society of Australasia Journal, nurses conduct health promotion activities
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