Implications for Nursing
Nurses, by virtue of their expertise in health and health care and their long-established credibility with consumers, play a vital role in health promotion. In many instances they have initiated health-promotion programs or have participated with other health care personnel in developing and providing wellness services in a vari-ety of settings (Fig. 4-2).
As health care professionals, nurses have a responsibility to promote activities that foster well-being, self-actualization, and personal fulfillment. Every interaction with consumers of health care must be viewed as an opportunity to promote positive health attitudes and behaviors.