What makes a healthier nurse, workplace or leisure physical activity? Informed by the Australian and New Zealand e-Cohort Study

Henwood, Timothy, Tuckett, Anthony and Turner, Catherine (2012) What makes a healthier nurse, workplace or leisure physical activity? Informed by the Australian and New Zealand e-Cohort Study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21 11-12: 1746-1754. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03994.x


Author Henwood, Timothy
Tuckett, Anthony
Turner, Catherine
Title What makes a healthier nurse, workplace or leisure physical activity? Informed by the Australian and New Zealand e-Cohort Study
Journal name Journal of Clinical Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-1067
1365-2702
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03994.x
Volume 21
Issue 11-12
Start page 1746
End page 1754
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim and objective: To investigate health differences between nurses who report meeting the daily physical activity recommendations in or away from the workplace.

Background: Adhering to the national physical activity recommendations has known health benefits. Whilst often considered a workplace active profession, data are emerging of poor health amongst nurses. However, health differences between workplace or leisure-time physically active nurses are understudied.

Design: The investigation is an observation study of Australian and New Zealand nurses. Data were generated from the longitudinal, population-based, observational e-Cohort nursing survey.

Methods: Data were informed and groups defined by the self-reported minutes per day of moderate physical activity collected from a large international survey of practicing nurses (n = 2264). Groups were: Group (G) 1 – high workplace (≥30 minutes/day)/high leisure (≥30 minutes/day), G2 – high workplace/low leisure (<30 minutes/day), G3 – low workplace/low leisure (<30 minutes/day) and G4 – low workplace/high leisure.

Results: G2 had a high BMI and were younger than G4. G4 were significantly more active away from work and more likely to report cycling to work than G2. In contrast, G2 were most likely to have taken sick days because of their health (χ2 = 19·101), have difficulty sleeping most of the time and have a medical history of diagnosed anxiety and depression.

Conclusions: This study shows that improved well-being can be achieved in nursing cohort through leisure-time physical activity.

Relevance to clinical practice: This research shows that nurse should consider leisure-time physical activity necessary to maintain and prolong health and that workplace activity is not a sufficient stimulus. This has important implications for workforce planners and administrators.
Keyword Burnout
Daily physical activity
Health risk
Nurses
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 4 April 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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