Fast Facts for Health Promotion in Nursing: Promoting Wellness in a Nutshell

Fast Facts for Health Promotion in Nursing: Promoting Wellness in a Nutshell

by Carol A. Miller
     
 

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Every chapter achieves its objectives...This book is truly a quick reference tool, combining the facts from many chapters in nursing textbooks and applying a holistic approach to care and promotion. The author scales down the ''need to know'' of patient care while integrating health promotion opportunities within multiple nursing assessments and interventions. I

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Every chapter achieves its objectives...This book is truly a quick reference tool, combining the facts from many chapters in nursing textbooks and applying a holistic approach to care and promotion. The author scales down the ''need to know'' of patient care while integrating health promotion opportunities within multiple nursing assessments and interventions. I would recommend this book to a nurse or nursing student for its practicality for any clinical specialty and level of experience." -- Kristy Gorman, Clinical Practice and Education Specialist, University of Maryland, Journal for Nurses in Professional Development

I would highly recommend this book to any nurse or nursing student for its practical usefulness in any practice arena. It is a desirable reference for nurses who want access to pertinent health education information and resources at their fingertips...Score: 97, 5 Stars.--Doody's Medical Reviews

This addition to the Fast Facts series provides a succinct guide for nurses in adult-health clinical settings and fills the need for an easy-to-use clinical reference that delivers a quick-access reference on ways to incorporate wellness into their work, helping to improve patient outcomes, and throughout their daily lives, helping to reduce personal and professional stress and improve their overall wellness.

There currently is no clinical reference book that nurses can use for health promotion in general and health promotion for wellness in particular. Having such a reference is especially pertinent to nurses who learned about health promotion in academic nursing programs, but did not learn about health promotion in the broader context of promoting wellness.

Since Florence Nightingale, nurses have considered health promotion interventions ñ particularly patient education -- as an essential component of nursing care. Historically, these interventions traditionally focused on physical health concerns, such as nutrition, exercise, and fresh air, and more recently, on immunizations, and screening for disease (e.g., cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease). Because health promotion has expanded to include "wellness," nurses now address issues related to broader aspects, such as stress reduction, body-mind connectedness, and self-responsibility.

At the same time that wellness has become an important focus of care, health care providers increasingly are emphasizing cost effectiveness and use of advanced technology. As a result of these concurrent trends, nurses experience high levels of job-related stress and have less time to promote patient wellness as an integral part of their care, even though they recognize its importance. In addition, nurses increasingly recognize that job-related pressures negatively affect them personally and they are looking for ways to incorporate wellness in their work and personal experiences.

Fast Facts for Health Promotion for Wellness (FF HP) fills the need for an easy-to-use clinical reference that delivers a quick-access reference on ways to incorporate wellness into their work and throughout their daily lives.

This book:

  • Helps nurses understand wellness in the context of health promotion
  • Clearly defines wellness as it applies to the practice of nursing
  • Describes evidence-based techniques that nurses can readily incorporate into their usual care to promote wellness for their patients
  • Provides easy-to-use assessment tools for identifying wellness-related needs of patients
  • Provides easy-easy-to-use tools for teaching patients about interventions to promote wellness
  • Provides evidence-based information about complementary and alternative practices that nurses often address in patient care situations
  • Provides information about reliable resources for patient teaching and additional information about topics
  • Discusses ways in which nurses can achieve self wellness

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Andrea R Jennings, Dr.PH, MSN, MED (Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center)
Description: This book provides current, evidence-based health promotion strategies to encourage nurses to incorporate these strategies with their patients across practice settings. The "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" and "Resources in a Nutshell" features provide practical suggestions for nurses who have to routinely communicate and disseminate health education information to their patients.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce health promotion for wellness to both patients and nurses by addressing their health needs in a holistic manner. These are realistic objectives, and the book addresses health promotion wellness strategies first from a broad approach then from a specific approach based on a particular human system.
Audience: This book can better equip nurses to promote wellness, communicate more effectively, enhance assessment skills, and access relevant resources so that they can offer a high standard of quality of care to their patients. It can be used by all nurses at all levels. The information is applicable to all adult patients in practice settings across the healthcare continuum. The book also emphasizes how nurses can enhance their own wellness so that they can be role models for their patients. This would be extremely helpful to nursing students as they embark on a practice where strategies for promoting wellness are key for a healthy lifestyle. The author, an independent care manager, is well established in the area of health promotion as indicated by her breadth of clinical experience, impressive publishing record, and outstanding community service to the nursing profession.
Features: The basic principles of health promotion in wellness are covered in the first few chapters, followed by strategies for promoting wellness as it relates to nutrition, physical activity, weight management, cardiovascular health, respiratory health, urinary health, visual health, hearing health, sexual health, and sleep. The first three chapters of the book are empowering for nurses and set the stage for a health promotion mindset with the ultimate vision of improving one's health. It is the "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" and the "Resources in a Nutshell" features that offer nurses a quick reference to how to better communicate with their patients and how to better access resources for patient dissemination. Although the author does describe gender differences in several of the chapters, it would have been helpful to have the gender differences clearly delineated in the cardiovascular health chapter.
Assessment: I would highly recommend this book to any nurse or nursing student for its practical usefulness in any practice arena. It is a desirable reference for nurses who want access to pertinent health education information and resources at their fingertips. Other health promotion books, such as Teaching Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion: Working with Patients, Families, and Communities, Lowenstein et al. (Jones & Bartlett, 2009), are standard textbooks with lengthy, comprehensive chapters. This book discusses many of the same topics, but in succinct chapters geared for nurses to use in their day-to-day practice with ease.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826110534
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/26/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
1,257,575
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Carol A. Miller, MSN, RN-BC is an independent care manager at Care & Counseling, where she focuses on promoting wellness for clients and their families. She has served many roles during several decades of her nursing career, including two years as a spokesperson for a national educational campaign about issues related to caregiving. Ms. Miller is author of Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults 6e (2012/LWW) and Nurse's Toolbook for Promoting Wellness (2007/McGraw-Hill rights reverted). Nursing for Wellness received the 1990 AJN Book of the Year Award in Gerontological Nursing and has been published in three foreign editions. She has published more than 100 nursing articles and textbook chapters. She has served as Director of Nursing, Cuyahoga County Nursing Home and as nurse practitioner for the Cleveland Visiting Nurse Association. Ms. Miller has participated in several research projects, including one on Stresses and Supports in Caregiving (National Institute on Aging). Additional professional nursing roles include providing expert witness testimony related to nursing care of adults, serving as consultant to publishers, hospitals, nursing homes, and community agencies, and presenting at numerous national, state, and local conferences on many topics, including wellness. She has served on professional advisory boards and boards of directors for organizations such as Neighborhood Health Care and the Federation for Community Planning in Cleveland Ohio.

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