Work/life balance and health: the Nurses and Midwives e-cohort Study

Schluter, P. J., Turner, C., Huntington, A. D., Bain, C. J. and McClure, R. J. (2011) Work/life balance and health: the Nurses and Midwives e-cohort Study. International Nursing Review, 58 1: 28-36. doi:10.1111/j.1466-7657.2010.00849.x

Author Schluter, P. J.
Turner, C.
Huntington, A. D.
Bain, C. J.
McClure, R. J.
Title Work/life balance and health: the Nurses and Midwives e-cohort Study
Journal name International Nursing Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-8132
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2010.00849.x
Volume 58
Issue 1
Start page 28
End page 36
Total pages 9
Editor Jane Robinson
Place of publication Oxford, U.K
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background:  Nursing and midwifery are demanding professions. Efforts to understand the health consequences and workforce needs of these professions are urgently needed. Using a novel electronic approach, the Nurses and Midwives e-cohort Study (NMeS) aims to investigate longitudinally Australian and New Zealand nurses' and midwives' work/life balance and health. This paper describes NMeS participation; provides key baseline demographic, workforce and health indicators; compares these baseline descriptions with external norms; and assesses the feasibility of the electronic approach.

Methods:  From 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2008, nurses in Australia and New Zealand, and midwives in Australia were invited to participate. Potential participants were directed to a purpose-built NMeS Internet site, where study information was provided and consent sought. Once obtained, a range of standardized tools combined into one comprehensive electronic questionnaire was elicited.

Results:  Overall, 7633 (2.3%) eligible nurses and midwives participated (6308 from Australia and 1325 from New Zealand) from a total pool of 334 400. Age, gender, occupational and health profiles were similar between countries and to national figures. However, some differences were noted; for instance, Queensland participants were over-represented, while Victorian and South Australian participants were under-represented, and 28.2% of Australians were in high strain positions compared with 18.8% of New Zealanders.

Conclusions:  Using an internationally novel web-based approach, a large cohort, which appears generally similar to population norms, has been established. Provided participant retention is adequate, the NMeS will provide insight into understanding the drivers of nurses' and midwives' workforce retention and work-related factors associated with their health.
© 2011 The Authors. International Nursing Review © 2011 International Council of Nurses
Keyword Australian and New Zealand nurses and midwives
Cohort study
Health and well-being
Workforce recruitment and retention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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