Health promotion: Wellness across the continuum
The nurse’s role as a health educator is to empower individuals, families, and communities to take responsibility for their own health through individualized counseling and education about preventative healthcare measures. In order to encourage healthy lifestyle choices, nurses can also offer information in the form of lectures and group activities. The nurses help patients assess their health and establish realistic goals. Nurses also serve as advocates and coaches to help people navigate the complicated healthcare system, while respecting cultural customs.