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AT THE BEDSIDE Nurse Obesity Linked to Long Hours study in Journal of Nursing Administration fi nds long work schedules and limited movement correlate with female nurses’ weight problems, with 55 percent of them considered overweight or obese. “Job Stress and Work Schedules in Relation to Nurse Obesity” says long work hours “were significantly associated” with being overweight or obese and recommends changes to 12-hour work schedules. “Findings suggest interventions to limit adverse work schedules,” the study concludes. The University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, surveyed 2,103 female nurses and used body mass index estimates to determine weight classifications. Determining level of job stress and work schedule factors required adjustments for demographics, position, mental/emotional distress, health behavior and family variables. “Long work hours and shift work adversely affect Study suggests changes to 12-hour work quantity and quality of sleep, which often interferes with adherence to healthy behavior and increases schedules and access to healthier food. obesity,” lead researcher Kihye Han, a postdoctoral fellow at the university, says in a related USA Today article. The survey revealed overweight and obese nurses were more likely to say their job required less physical exertion and movement. The study recommends educating nurses about good sleeping habits and strategies for taking care of their health despite long hours, notes a related article from The Advisory Board Co. Nurses’ health problems adversely affect patient care, the article says, because nurses cannot provide good first-person advice on making healthy choices about food and exercise. The study recommends access to healthy food choices and sufficient time to eat. Further recommendations include having a farmers’ market at hospitals, putting healthier food in vending machines and delivering better food directly to work units. What will help nurses lead a healthier lifestyle with a healthier weight? Tell us at, click on the blue auto-reply button in the digital edition or post a wall comment at A Make your move. LOVE YOUR Excellent Critical Care Opportunities Clinical challenge, compassionate care and a heightened spirit of teamwork are the essence of being a critical care nurse at HCA North Texas. Work shoulder to shoulder with people who know that excellence takes a partnership among all members of the team. And with a wide array of adult and pediatric critical care settings, your growth potential is unlimited. For information about careers at all of our facilities, please visit our website and enter job number: 223396. 12 AUGUST 2012 HCA EOE CAREER

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2012

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
‘AACN CSI Academy’ National Leadership Program Launches
Canadian Dynamics 2012: ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’
Grana Padano May Lower Blood Pressure
New Medicare Patient Satisfaction Requirement Misses Mark, Nurse Argues
FDA, The Joint Commission Aim to Reduce Alarm Fatigue
Fast Food in Hospitals Counters Goal of Healthy Eating
New Federal Hospital Visitation Standards
Nurse Obesity Linked to Long Hours
First-Ever Nurses Float Joins the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade
AMA Urges Greater Focus on Ambulatory Patient Safety
Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Procedure Increases Patient Survival
Older Patients' in ICU at High Risk for HAI
Tele-ICU Symposium Explores Leading-Edge Technology
In Our Journals
Certification Capsules
Dare To
Contribute to the Evidence: Apply for an AACN Research Grant by Nov. 1
From the President

Bold Voices - August 2012