Nurses should be able to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion interventions and projects (Runciman et al., 2006; Whitehead, 2006b; Witt and Puntel de Almeida, 2008; Fagerström, 2009). We, as nurses assume the role of ambassadors of wellness. What does it mean, really? Therefore, more research is needed to determine how to support nurses in implementing health promotion in their roles in a variety of health-care services. Most of these studies were published between 2005 and 2009. All three researchers (V.K., K.T. Normative values of muscle strength across ages in a 'real world' population: results from the longevity check-up 7+ project. The research suggests that nurses work from either a holistic and patient-oriented theoretical basis or take a chronic diseases and medical-oriented approach. According to these papers the theoretical basis of health promotion reflects the type of practical actions undertaken by nurses to promote the health of patients, families and communities. Skill sets and attributes of health care providers who deliver behavioral interventions, Findings from non-participant observational data concerning health promoting nursing practice in the acute hospital setting focusing on generalist nurses, Using action research to change health-promoting practice, Empowerment and its application in health promotion in acute care settings: nurses' perceptions, Integrating research. K.T. and H.T.) This paper presents an integrative review aimed at examining the findings of existing research studies (1998–2011) of health promotion practice by nurses. In addition, nurses who have personal experience, for example, of having had a baby, have a more positive attitude towards promoting the health of patients in the same situation (Spear, 2004). Projects can facilitate the development of health promotion in nursing practice (Runciman et al., 2006). The second common defining concept of health promotion orientation was empowerment, which was related to collaboration with individuals, groups and communities (McDonald, 1998; Berg et al., 2005; Whitehead, 2006a; Irvine, 2007; Piper, 2008; Richard et al., 2010; Samarasinghe et al., 2010). (vi) To concepts can be added specific examples of events or objectives that clarify the meaning of the concept. Hospital News covers developments and issues that affect all health care professionals, administrators, patients, visitors and students. The first defining concept of public health orientation was disease prevention (Berg et al., 2005; Whitehead, 2006c, Folke et al., 2007; Irvine, 2007; Fagerström, 2009; Richard et al., 2010). We found that health promotion and public health orientation have guided nurses' health promotion activities (e.g. Twelve empirical studies were conducted in hospitals and fourteen in primary health-care settings. First, organizational culture consisted of three supportive aspects: hospital managers, culture of health and education. After duplicate papers were excluded one researcher (V.K.) However, because of the broad field of health promotion, more research is needed to examine the role of health promotion in nursing (Whitehead, 2011). Concepts and examples of the types of nurses' expertise as health promoters. An integrative review was chosen because it allowed the inclusion of studies with diverse methodologies (for example, qualitative and quantitative research) in the same review (Cooper, 1989; Whittemore, 2005; Whittemore and Knafl, 2005). We, as nurses assume the role of ambassadors of wellness. The integrative review was split into the following phases: problem identification, literature search, data evaluation, data analysis and presentation of the results (Whittemore and Knafl, 2005). Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. 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. Education enhanced nurses' health promotion skills and health promotion projects were catalysts for health promotion in nursing practice (Goodman et al., 2011). Traditionally, nurses were perceived to be healthy role models, engaging in healthy activities, not smoking and maintaining an ideal weight Burge and Fair, (2003); Reeve et al., 2004; Rush et al., 2005). Results from a prospective, randomised trial. was responsible for the drafting of the manuscript. The review found information on the theoretical basis of health promotion practice by nurses, the range of their expertise, health promotion competencies and the organizational culture associated with health promotion practice. Combining qualitative and quantitative studies is complex and can introduce bias and error (Whittemore and Knafl, 2005). 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). and H.T.) Nurses have a variety of types of expertise, some working as general health promoters, some as patient-focused health promoters and some as managers of health promotion projects (e.g. V.K. During a home visit to discuss newborn care, it is the perfect opportunity for the nurse to discuss the childhood vaccine schedule, recommended vitamin supplements or even the developmental milestones of an older sibling. This integrative review was intended to identify the findings of nursing-specific studies of health promotion activities published in the period 1998–2011. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. In addition, skill-related competence involves teamwork, time management, information gathering and interpretation and the ability to search for information from different data sources (Irvine, 2005; Jerden et al., 2006). There is growing recognition that different patient groups, such as the elderly or families with chronic diseases, have different health promotion needs. Nurses consider health promotion important but a number of obstacles associated with organizational culture prevent effective delivery. Unexpectedly for us the competencies associated with attitudes were not emphasized as one of the most important competencies even though nurses should be advocates of good health. The main exclusion criteria were: the published works were editorials, opinions, discussions or textbooks, or they described health promotion programmes, competencies other than health promotion or nursing curricula, or if the group studied included patients.