The Role of Nursing in Health Promotion

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Role of Nursing in Health Promotion
Jena Rosa
Grand Canyon University
August 25, 2013

According to the World Health Organization health promotion is defined as "The process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions." (WHO, 2013) This applies to the nursing profession in that nurses are educating patient on the steps needed for their health such as diet, exercise, therapies, and medication compliance.
Nursing Practice Nursing practice has been able to make a large impact on health promotion for the patient. Nurses are involved in many facets of continued health promotion such as; triage
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This patient population usually has no symptoms and are unaware of the current issues they may be having with their blood pressure. If at the time of the health fair the patient does not present with high blood pressure the nurse can also guide them to check their blood pressure on a regular basis and tools to help prevent any changes they may experience in their future (Bisognano, 2012).
Tertiary
The final health promotion level is tertiary and involves patient care and maintenance after a patient has been treated in an acute care setting for disease processes. An example of tertiary care is home-based pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD patients. COPD is a chronic disease involving the lungs with symptoms including fatigue and shortness of breath. The nursing role in pulmonary rehabilitation includes one on one sessions with patients to cover more in-depth education of the disease process including actual anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary system. After that has been covered then the nurses can focus on causes of COPD, symptoms of the disease and management of them, diet, pulmonary exercise, medications for COPD and compliance issues, and most importantly smoking cessation. The nurses will likely require the patient to give return demonstrations of the medication use and pulmonary exercises such as pursed lip breathing (Mohammadi, Jowkar, Khankeh & Tafti, 2013). In home pulmonary