Staying healthy and achieving optimal health is what everybody wishes. However, due to several factors that can affect health many of the people cannot achieve good health and fitness. The best way to start living a healthy life is simply through health education. Before taking any actions, one must learn more about health. There are lot of factors that could lead to illnesses such as diet, environment, lifestyle, and behavior. Unhealthy lifestyle that predisposes people to health risks should be eliminated and healthy regimen must be practiced.
Health education should not be taken for granted. This is a form of prevention that health care providers must practice to impart knowledge. It is a factor that influences the people to live longer and happier. It is an important tool that aids the individuals, families, and community to develop healthy behaviors and attain wellness. The more people know about the consequences of their behaviors, the more they will strive hard to keep themselves active and stay fit. Eating a balanced diet, increasing physical activity, and adequate rest are just few of the keys to improve health. Health-related information must be disseminated through education to increase awareness and at the same time change client’s behaviors to meet health care needs. Through this, clients will also be provided with significant information especially when undergoing medical treatments for them to make informed decision regarding their health. If you know Amanda Trujillo’s story, you will realize how important education is in the nursing profession.
One of the roles of a nurse is educator. This function is very vital in the nursing practice. It is an independent function and a primary responsibility of the nurse in her profession. That is how important health education is. Almost all of the nursing responsibilities are accomplished through education. Preventing illness, promoting, and restoring health requires health education to assist people in maintaining good health and making informed consent. Since health care providers are not only focused to sick individuals, they must also give an opportunity to provide health education to people in wellness state.
All health educators must have the necessary knowledge and skills that allow them to teach effectively and help their patients to make a decision. Just like in the case of Amanda Trujillo, she was fired because of educating her patient. In fact, being a patient advocate through education is defined in the nursing scope of practice. But she was fired by the hospital and filed a complaint to the Arizona Board of Nursing. After all the blood and sweats to earn nursing degree and gain experiences, her license is now null and void. Amanda is the best example of an educator. She used her knowledge in her field to be a patient advocate and have education valued.
The purpose of education is not only to provide information but also to assist people in making effective decisions with regards to their health so that they will be able to actively participate and assume responsibility for their own health. Its goal is to reduce the number of population of hospitalized patients as well as to maximize health as a right of every person. It improves the quality of life of the people so they will live a healthy life and have their right to decide be respected.
Let us value education just what Amanda did and support her in our own little way.
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