Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsSo far we have explored the different ways in which some nurses are involved in public health. All nurses can make a contribution to public health, whatever their role or area of nursing and you have been encouraged to start thinking critically about public health in your practice. Making change to the way you work so that you are more public health focussed Of course, may not be easy. However, globally and nationally we are all facing many complex current and future public health challenges that undoubtedly will require new solutions and so it is important to recognise the part you can play as a nurse in creating opportunities for people, patients and clients to achieve good health and wellbeing.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsAs we move into the second week of the course we will be thinking about promoting health in relation to public health and what this means. Health promotion is a term that is familiar to all nurses but you will be encouraged to reflect deeply about how as a nurse you go about promoting health and to question how you know whether you are working in a health promoting way. There are many different meanings attached to the term health promotion.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsIt is, therefore, a contested and complex concept but as a promoter of health and wellbeing it is important to be critically aware of this complexity and to be challenged by some deeply held assumptions, for example, concerning ownership and controlling health and what constitutes good health promotion. During this week we aim to explore aspects of the complexity of health promotion by thinking about some inherent philosophical issues and the types of decision making that create uncertainty about how best to achieve health promotion goals.

Skip to 2 minutes and 5 secondsWe shall also consider some of the ideas of the health promotion movement from an international perspective through the role of the World Health Organisation that continues to provide frameworks for implementing health promotion strategies and activities in all regions of the world.

Welcome to Week 2

All nurses can make a contribution, whatever their role or area of nursing, and you have been encouraged to start thinking what public health means for your practice.

Watch Pauline introduce Week 2 of the course and discuss the importance of finding solutions to new, complex public health challenges.

This week explores the complexity of health promotion and considers some of the ideas of the health promotion movement from an international perspective, through the work of the World Health Organization.

This week we will:

  • analyse critically the term ‘health promotion’
  • critically appraise how health promotion can be implemented in practice
  • explore the aims of health promotion and the ethical issues and dilemmas relevant to ethical health promoting practice.

Your task

What are the factors that influence how you practice promoting health, and what type of health promotion expertise do you have?

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Could You Be the Next Florence Nightingale?

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