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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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. "