The Role Of Nurses And The Practice Of Nursing

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INTRODUCTION Most professions are identified, recognized, and associated with certain concepts and terminologies that define the particular profession. For the nursing profession, the concepts of health, illness, disease, disability, and wellness are words that most people use to define the role of nurses and the practice of nursing. A better understanding of the definition of these terminologies would provide a framework by which clinicians could build upon to create effective practices, educate patients and families, and provide awareness to the community resulting in a healthier society. Deciding Which Definition Applies Best I find it helpful to sort out the many definitions of the identified terminologies and decide on one that best relates to my own values, health beliefs, and health behaviors. Furthermore, the terminologies would be positioned on a continuum, as positive and negative, e.g., health and wellness would sit on the positive end; while illness, disease, and disability would be on the negative end of the continuum. However, regardless of which end of the continuum the terminology would sit, I could relate each terminology to my own situation. I came from a culture that values health more than wealth. Filipinos are hard-working people, thus, I agree with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of health as a state of equilibrium of all the human functions, e.g., “physical, mental, and social well-being, and “not merely the absence of
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