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Health Resources and Services Association. Its purpose is to provide funding to state and local health departments for evidence-based home visit interventions of at-risk pregnant women and families with young children (NACNEP, 2016, p. 10). Nurses working in policy changes and
PENDER’S HEALTH PROMOTION MODEL8advocacy for maternal and child services indicate the benefits of RNs visiting homes improve maternal and child health, promote positive parenting skills, advance in school readiness, and reduce child injuries and abuse. (NACNEP, 2016, p. 10). Since the induction of the program, child emergency room visits and hospitalizations have decreased significantly.ConclusionNursing theories improve nurse’s sense of identity and help the other recognize the important role nurses’ play in ensuring high quality of life among community members (Pender, Murdaugh, & Parsons, 2006). These theories also help the nurse understand the specific needs of their patient, improve communication and analyze patient’s conditions as stipulated in the theory.Pender’s theory gives a unique identity to nurses and encourages them to define themselves not by their tasks but by what they know. This means that nurses see beyond their immediate task and focus on acquiring vast knowledge which will help them offer the best service to their patients. Pender advocates for positive health changing behaviors which enhance functional ability, health and quality of life. Pender assumes that a nurse influence on a patient can last a lifetime. Advanced practice nurses need to acquire theory-based knowledge so that they can provide quality healthcare, prevent diseases and encourage healthy outcomes to patients, families, and communities. Nursing students enrolled in master’s education program should study nursing theories so they can acquire knowledge on how to offer high quality care to their patients in the pursuit of the goal of ensuring a healthier society.
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