Pictured: Karla McGee RN BSN CCRN FNP WSUV student
Health promotion is essential for improving the health of populations. For over one hundred and fifty years nurses have responded effectively to public health problems pioneered by the skill of Florence Nightingale, who spread the gospel to reduce communicable disease, Lillian Wald and Mary Breckinridge, just to name a few.
During the 70’s nurses made many contributions to improve health care including the hospice movement, day care of the elderly, drug abuse treatment programs, rehabilitation services and home health. The US public health service estimates about 10% of all early treatment can prevent early deaths in the US, wheras population based approaches can prevent about 70% of early deaths through measures that influence lifestyle choices and the environment.
RNs continue to actively participate in developing innovative ways to provide care through prevention by utilizing the nursing process. The nursing process enables the RN to assess illness and health care needs, plan interventions to meet those needs, implement effective plans and teach health care practices, effectively collect data, utilize the results to direct care and develop policy and research to promote health and prevent diseases.
Nurses look to the past for their inspiration and explanation only to predict and promote the comprehensive approaches that it will take to accomplish successful strategies. The future health care promotion and complex needs of the public must be met in synergy with the most trusted profession voted by the public, the NURSE. Nurses truly make a DIFFERENCE. I commend and endorse your organization’s principles and efforts.
Karla McGee RN BSN CCRN FNP WSUV student
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, February 01, 2010