Health Promotion: Prevention Of Disease
Despite increased abilities across developmental realms, including the maturation of pain systems involving self-regulation and the coordination of affect and cognition, the transition to young adulthood is accompanied by higher rates of mortality, greater engagement in health-damaging behaviors, and an increase in chronic conditions. Rates of motor vehicle fatality and homicide peak during young adulthood, as do mental health problems, substance abuse, unintentional pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections.
Describe how the advanced practice nurse can play a role in improving the health of young adults through preventive screening and intervention.
The transition to young adulthood is a time of great change and opportunity. Young adults are developing their independence, making important life decisions, and setting the course for their future health. However, this period is also marked by increased risk for health problems.
APNs can play a critical role in improving the health of young adults by providing preventive screening and intervention services. This includes:
- Screening for health problems: APNs can screen young adults for a variety of health problems, including:
- Mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety
- Substance abuse
- Unintentional pregnancies
- Sexually transmitted infections