Week 3 discussion: health promotion practitioners
The definitions of health education and health promotion are often times directly linked to a nurse’s practice. While health education focuses on learning skills and knowledge related to healthy living or preventing illnesses, health promotion is more about empowering people to change their lives for the better. Due to their ability to build trust and comfort in discussing sensitive subjects, nurses can provide excellent education and guidance.
In my role as an OBGYN, for example I have to frequently educate mothers about breastfeeding and its importance for both mother & baby. It can be sensitive for many women since they don’t understand all of the possible benefits. For me to be able to effectively do this, I have first got the right information on breastfeeding. Then we can discuss with her any barriers or concerns she may have. This process takes into account both aspects of health education and promotion – providing information as well as encouraging behavior change – which allows me to play a crucial role in helping my patients achieve better overall health outcomes over time.