Hypnotherapy In Nursing

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An important part of nursing is to integrate health and disease prevention into the lives of individuals. As nurses, we are often the frontline people who interact with patient and the community. It is our responsibility to strategize ways to promote being health, preventions of diseases and remaining safe. The main and probably most important way to do this is by educating and teaching. According to Kemppainen, Tossavainen, and Turunen (2013), “health promotion by nurses can lead to many positive health outcomes including adherence, quality of life, patients’ knowledge of their illness and self-management” (p. 490). Some strategies for health promotion included giving information to patients and providing the education and being involved…show more content…
I ended up working at a food pantry that one of my friends runs along with other volunteers. I specifically remember a day when there had been literally hundreds of food items delivered for passing out, some being healthy and some not so much. There was a line of people waiting to collect their food items. At first I was gathering items and placing in bags according to what I was instructed. I was interacting with an obese woman, I would guess to be in her 70’s. While I was filling her bags up, she disclosed to me that she had diabetes and Congestive heart failure (CHF). I asked her about the kinds of foods she usually ate and she replied “not healthy ones”. I asked her how her blood sugars had been running and she informed me they usually ran anywhere from 175-280. I in the meantime, she asked me to place a box of sugary cereal and a box of doughnuts among her things. She also told me that she only eats 1-2 meals per day. I instructed her that she should try switching to less sugary foods like fruits and vegetables and to limit her intake of carb-loaded foods like the doughnuts, loaf of bread, and bag of potatoes she had requested. We discussed how skipping meals or eating at irregular times causes unhealthy highs or lows in blood sugar levels, and that vegetables, fruit and starchy foods should be the main part of her diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “diabetes is becoming more common in the United States. From 1980 through 2014, the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes has increased fourfold (from 5.5 million to 22.0 million)”. Diabetes also creates issues with the heart, which she already has CHF. I also did some teaching regarding watching salt intake. She was able to tell me that she was supposed to limit herself to 2,000 mg of sodium a day. She had requested several cans of vegetables, consequently. I informed her that canned foods contained lots of

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