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    In regards to community health & health promotion for the pregnant teens, and in the context of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (as an example), what is the actual & potential role of the advanced practice nurse? How does the Crisis Agency use theoretical approaches to health promotion and which theory? And how are the patient/family health outcomes monitored? Please include the name of the agency of choice and the contact person, if possible.

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    1. In regards to community health & health promotion for the pregnant teens, and in the context of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (as an example), what is the actual & potential role of the advanced practice nurse?
    What is Health Promotion?
    The World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health promotion, which states:
    "Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment. Health is, therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities. Therefore, health promotion goes beyond healthy life-styles to well-being." (WHO, 1986).
    Example: Real Life Services for pregnant teens:
    • Free pregnancy tests
    • Information about pregnancy
    • Accurate information on abortion
    • Adoption education and support
    • Post Abortion counseling and support
    • Maternity and infant clothing
    • Infant furniture (when available)
    • 24 Hour message line
    • Non-judgmental support and acceptance
    • Speakers on abstinence and pregnancy related topics
    • Literature on abortion, adoption, sexually transmitted disease, etc.
    • Abstinence education (http://www.reallifecpc.org/services.html).
    What is role of Advanced Practice Nursing?
    A nurse with a masters degree is called an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), and they come in four varieties:
    Nurse Practitioners (NP) - provides basic care focused on a specific population or health need, including writing prescriptions.
    Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) - administer anesthesia for all types of surgery.
    Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) - provide specialist care in a number of areas: cardiology, oncology, neonatology, OB/GYN, pediatrics, neurology, and mental health.
    Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) - provide prenatal care, delivers ...

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    In regards to community health & health promotion for the pregnant teens, and in the context of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (as an example), this solution discusses the actual & potential role of the advanced practice nurse. It also discusses how the Crisis Agency uses theoretical approaches to health promotion, and how the patient and family health outcomes are monitored.

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