Health Promotion and Disease Prevention |

It is stated in one of the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses that the nurse’s foremost commitment was to the patient, be it an individual person or a community of people. As such, nurses are bound by duty to advocate for health promotion and disease prevention so that individuals, families, and communities can live a high quality of life that is free from preventable diseases, disabilities, and injuries. Being respected health professionals, nurses are in a position to actively influence health policies and legislation. The methods they use entail individual involvement and government involvement to be able to move toward solutions to the health challenges that we face. Through individual involvement, nurses live a healthy lifestyle as an example to the rest of the community. In this way, they promote health and help prevent diseases by modeling and helping others adopt a better way of living. They also spread awareness of health issues that concern every member of the community. But sometimes, these efforts are not enough to enact change. Nurses have to be involved in the government to create a further impact on health policies and legislation. This move requires the collaboration of health professionals, concerned agencies, and individuals to promote health and disease prevention. As a community, they know the needs of the people when it comes to health protection. They serve as the voice of the people who clamor for health education, affordable health care, environmental protection, and support for the sick and elderly. Above all, it is the nurses’ moral obligation to support human dignity. Their advocacy is to support what helps people live a full life that is healthy and fulfilling in every sense of the word. They nurture wellness of all individuals regardless of age, sex, social status, or race. When we use this lens or sensitivity to guide our policies and legislation, we can be assured of proper provision for health promotion and disease prevention.