Health promotion is a popular phrase. What does it mean, really? How do nurses promote health? I’m going to address the concept of health promotion from my perspective as a Registered Nurse in Ontario. Nurses play a huge role in illness prevention and health promotion. We, as nurses assume the role of ambassadors of wellness. Yes, I do believe that nurses play just as an important role in caring for the well as they do in caring for the sick. Perhaps caring for the well is the more important role. In this day and age of budget cuts, cost reduction and staffing shortages, health promotion makes sense. If we can preserve wellness, we reduce the number of times a person needs to enter the health-care system, thus reducing costs. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health promotion as a process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health (WHO, 1986). To facilitate that process, we must provide people with appropriate
Most people are aware they can claim some medical expenses on their tax return, but many don't keep a running tally because they simply forget or don't think it will add up to worthwhile savings. That's a potentially costly mistake, say tax experts as many medical tax deductions often overlooked. "I put it down as being one of the most well-known and least-utilized [tax credits]," says Alan Rowell, tax specialist and president of Hamilton, Ont.-based Accounting Place. The tax credit applies to any number of medical expenses — including prescription drugs, eyeglasses, health-related private nurses and personal support workers, dental work and even buying gluten-free bread or medical marijuana.