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Nursing as health promotion — a myth accepted?

  • Ursula Gallagher
  • Jerry Burden
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Abstract

As nursing continues to strive for its definition and professional status it has looked to other disciplines for points of comparison. One area that has received much consideration is the interrelationship between nursing and health promotion. We chose this particular theme as we feel uncomfortable with what we see as an emerging trend within nursing theory. This trend is in turn exerting considerable pressure upon nursing, a pressure that seeks to equate nursing practice with health promotion activity. We are seeking to challenge and explore the ethical assumptions that underpin the claim that nursing practice is synonymous with health promotion.

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© Ursula Gallagher and Jerry Burden 1993

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  • Ursula Gallagher
  • Jerry Burden

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