NURSING STUDENT’S PERCEPTION REGARDING HEALTH PROMOTION AND HEALTH EDUCATION

Background: Promoting health is a key component of nursing practice- By helping nurses change individuals, society and healthcare system by promoting the health of individuals, families, communities and populations.

Purpose:  The aim of the study is to show the understanding of nursing student’s perception regarding health education and health promotion.

Study design: Cross sectional study.

Setting: Lahore School of Nursing, the University of Lahore.

Duration: 4 months from September 2019 to December 2019.

Methodology: this study was done on 135 nursing students selected through convenient sampling method from Lahore School of Nursing, the University of Lahore. Data was collected by modified questionnaire adopted from (Halcomb, 2010) to understand the perception of nursing students regarding health promotion and health education.

Results: This study finds out that 90% n=122 participants have positive perception regarding health promotion and health education. Although there were some signs that nursing students were introduced to the concept of health promotion as a socio-ecological strategy that integrates changes in the economy, policy, organization and climate. This socio-ecological approach was not viewed by the majority of student nurses as having a role modeling faculty or nurses.

Conclusion: students nurses to be recognized as future high quality health promoters, collaborates with wellbeing advancement leaders, and effectively teach nursing education. There is a need to made changes in the nursing curriculum to reflect appropriate and accurate health promotion concepts and performed health promoting behaviours which have strong impact on individual health.

Keywords: Health Education, Health Promotion, Nursing Student, Perception.

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