Principles Of Empowerment In Nursing

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The purpose of this assignment is to explore the principles of empowerment in nursing practice. The essay will define what health promotion is and how it is important to empowerment and how they both link. I will also be discussing my artefact and what health promotion models have been researched and used throughout my essay and in the making of my artefact and the reasoning behind the decisions. The main topic of this essay will be focusing on how I can empower someone with a learning disability to communicate using a communication board to express their wishes and needs to the medial staff.
During the late 1980’s the theme of empowerment was being discussed within many nursing literatures to link how empowering the patients, nurses, doctors and staff members was important to building a supportive team. If the nurses, feel empowered this will help them be supportive in empowering the patients. The World Health Organisation’s Alma Ata Declaration of 1977 stated that health was a social issue and that people had a right to participate in the planning and implementation of their own health care (WHO, 1975). Empowerment in learning disability can be described as a social process, whereby people who are considered as belonging to a stigmatised social group can be assisted to develop increased skills to take control of their lives. This increased control will help them to achieve their goals and aspirations and thus potentially maximise the quality of their lives. The concept
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