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Review of the week

Review of the week
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This week we have been thinking about the term health promotion and the role of the World Health Organization in promoting a global movement towards health. Health promotion involves a set of values and principals and as nurses it is important that we think about how our nursing values influence how we go about promoting health and if we are promoting health in a health promoting way. Ultimately, health promotion involves a series of value judgements about what is meant by good health for the individual and for society and the dilemmas implicit in any health promoting interventions. Florence Nightingale was a visionary nurse who saw the bigger picture of health.
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She recognised that any improvements to health required modifying environments by acting on the factors that influence health and the mechanisms through which they operate. Promoting public health is a core aspect of the work of all nurses. Can you be today’s Florence Nightingale and be more involved in integrating public health into your role and area of practice? I’d like to thank you for your engagement and contributions in the course so far. For those of you joining us for the full ten weeks of the program, we will be developing further some of the ideas we have been discussing around individual’s health and that relationship with the communities in which they live.

This week we have been thinking about the meaning of the term health promotion and the role of the WHO in promoting a global movement towards health.

Health promotion involves a set of values and principles and as nurses it is important that we reflect on how our nursing values influence how we go about promoting health and whether we are promoting health in a health-promoting way.

Ultimately as health promoters we need to recognise that health promotion requires a series of value judgements about what is meant by good health for the individual and for society and the dilemmas implicit in any health-promoting intervention.

Florence Nightingale was a visionary nurse who saw the ‘bigger picture’ of health. She recognised that any improvements to health required modifying the environment by acting on the factors that influence health and the mechanisms through which they operate. Promoting public health is a core aspect of the work of all nurses.

How could you emulate Florence Nightingale and be more involved in integrating public health in your role and area of practice?

This week you have:

  • analysed the term ‘health promotion’
  • appraised how health promotion can be implemented in practice
  • explored the aims of health promotion and ethical issues and dilemmas relevant to ethical health-promoting practice

Your task

Review your job description and identify any reference(s) to public health and health promotion.
Reflect on what you have learned throughout this course. Are there any changes that you would recommend to the wording of the job description or any additions that you would make?
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