LSBU academic outlines importance of health promotion in pioneering text
03 October 2014
Jane Wills is Professor of
Health Promotion in the School of Health and Social Care at LSBU with more than
25 years' experience within the public health and health promotion sector.
Following the success of her
popular 'Foundations of Health Promotion' text now in its 4th
edition and having sold 150,000 copies and translated into five languages – Professor Wills was commissioned by
Wiley to write 'Fundamentals of Health Promotion for Nurses' as a concise,
accessible introduction to health promotion and public health aimed at
pre-registration nursing students and newly-qualified nurses.
Professor Wills explains: "Many nurses are involved in health
promotion, health improvement activities and preventive work in specialised
roles such as sexual health and teenage pregnancy – in addition to nurses
working with disadvantaged groups and on projects to reduce health
inequalities, school nurses, family support nurses and health visitors.
"One of the challenges is to
embed public health and health promotion into all nursing which inspired me to
write an introductory text specifically for student nurses that would be
practice oriented and could be used across the curriculum."
To make the book more relevant
and feature contemporary examples, Professor Wills used the expertise of her
nursing colleagues in the School of Health and Social Care by encouraging them
to translate their own experience into the text.
In addition, each section of
the book asks the reader to identify their observations and experience of
health promotion on placement.
"Editing a book seems easier but faces the
same challenges of pitching a book to a publisher; getting through the
peer-review process, keeping to deadlines and getting all the contributions in
on time," said Jane of the process.
Jane recognises health
promotion as a an essential aspect of the nurse's role and is leading a major
new initiative with student nurses at LSBU titled 'making every contact count'
which trains nursing staff to deliver messages about healthier living and
behaviours in their interactions with members of the public wherever they
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