A comparative study of Australian and New Zealand male and female nurses’ health: a sex comparison and gender analysis

Tuckett, Anthony, Henwood, Tim, Oliffe, John L., Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy L. and Kim, Jae Rin (2015) A comparative study of Australian and New Zealand male and female nurses’ health: a sex comparison and gender analysis. American Journal of Men's Health, 10 6: 450-458. doi:10.1177/1557988314567222

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Author Tuckett, Anthony
Henwood, Tim
Oliffe, John L.
Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy L.
Kim, Jae Rin
Title A comparative study of Australian and New Zealand male and female nurses’ health: a sex comparison and gender analysis
Journal name American Journal of Men's Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-9883
Publication date 2015-01-15
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1557988314567222
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 10
Issue 6
Start page 450
End page 458
Total pages 9
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 3306 Health (social science)
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract The aim of this research was to compare the health and lifestyle behaviors between male and female nursing professionals. Biological, workplace, and lifestyle factors as well as health behaviors and outcomes are reported as different between male and female nurses. Although male nurses show distinct health-related patterns and experience health disparities at work, few studies have investigated health differences by sex in a large cohort group of nursing professionals. This observation study of Australian and New Zealand nurses and midwives drew data from an eCohort survey. A cohort of 342 females was generated by SPSS randomization (total N=3625), to compare against 342 participating males. Measures for comparison include health markers and behaviors, cognitive well-being, workplace and leisure-time vitality, and functional capacity. Findings suggest that male nurses had a higher BMI, sat for longer, slept for less time, and were more likely to be a smoker than their female nurse counterparts. Men were more likely to report restrictions in bending, bathing, and dressing. In relation to disease, male nurses reported greater rates of respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease, including a three times greater incidence of myocardial infarction, and were more likely to have metabolic problems. In contrast, however, male nurses were more likely to report feeling calm and peaceful with less worries about their health. Important for nurse workforce administrators concerned about the well-being of their staff, the current study reveals significant sex differences and supports the need for gender-sensitive approaches to aid the well-being of male nurses.
Keyword Sex differences
Gender and health
Nursing profession
Health behaviors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID LP0562102
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 15 January 2015.

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