Today,nurses play a significant role in promoting fitness to help peopleadjust their lifestyles to shift towards a state of optimal health(Edelman, Mandle & Kudzma, 2014). The young adults are at a stagecharacterized body changes and sexual adjustments (Viner &Macfarlane, 2005). Hence, an advanced practice nurse has to promotesexuality education among adolescents because their behaviors anddecisions track into adulthood and will influence their healththroughout life.
Thenurse is in a good position to dispel misconceptions young adults mayhave regarding sexuality. He or she has to provide accurate andin-depth information about the irresponsible sexual behaviors thatmay lead to sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy(Viner & Macfarlane, 2005). Hence, the nurse will ensure that theyouth acknowledges the health threat any decision regarding sexualityposes on their life. Accordingly, it requires translating thetheoretical concept of healthy sexual behaviors into a morepractically focused framework to bridge the gap between practice andtheory (Edelman, Mandle & Kudzma, 2014).
Onthe other hand, educating older adults about sexuality is quitedifferent from the techniques used in younger adults. The olderadults have already made several choices and decision regarding theirsexuality when they were younger. Therefore, the nurse should discussage-related physiological changes that may affect sexuality and howan individual can address those issues. Additionally, they need tolearn the effects of medical conditions and medications associatedwith old age may affect one’s sexuality (Miller, 2009).
Finally,teaching young adults about sexuality requires a particularunderstanding and sensitivity. Consequently, respect for thepatient’s privacy, modesty, and honest opinions are critical toestablishing an atmosphere of trust and openness. Nonetheless, it isalso important to understand that factors other than personal choicessuch as peer influence and shared family values influence sexualityin young adults. Conversely, in older adults, a nurse has tounderstand an individual’s past experiences and attitudes to helpthe make better choices in the future.
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Miller,C. A. (2009). NursingFor Wellness in Older Adults.Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams &Wilkins.
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