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Women's Health Issues Addresses
Research and Policy Opportunities for
Military Women's Health
A
new supplement to the peer-reviewed journal Women's
Health Issues provides overviews of existing research on
topics important to military women's health-ranging
from sleep to sexual and reproductive health concerns-and
identifies places where additional research and policy changes can
improve health for this important population. Women's Health
Issues is the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women's
Health, based in Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken
Institute SPH) at the George Washington University. Amita Vyas,
PhD, MHS, an associate professor of prevention and community
health at Milken Institute SPH, is the journal's editor-in-chief;
Nancy K. Lowe, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN, of the University of
Colorado College of Nursing served as guest editor. The first fulllength
article in the issue-by Lori L. Trego, PhD, CNM, FAAN of CU
Nursing and Candy Wilson, PhD, MHS, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAAN
of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences-
proposes a framework that informs the other articles: the social
ecological model for military women's health (SEM-MWH). The
two adapt the social ecological model common in public health
research for military women, and describe " leverage points " at
each level, where changes can help improve health for military
women. For instance, the leverage points identified in the scoping
review on sleep health include sleep training and education at
the individual level, training and work schedules that minimize
sleep disruptions (microsystem), training for military health care
providers to increase awareness of gender differences in sleep
problems (mesosystem), decreasing the frequency of moves that
servicemembers must undergo (exosystem), and facilitating a
military culture that values sleep (macrosystem). The supplement
" Military Women's Health: Research Gaps and Opportunities "
was published online Aug. 25.
Mary Beth Flynn
Makic, PhD, RN
Sleepless and Sick. Research Finds 50%
of All Acutely Ill Patients Have Their Sleep
Disrupted in Hospitals, Which Can Impact
Their Recovery and Increase Risk of Falls,
Delirium and Death
" T
he more often patients are woken at night, the less
time they will experience deep restorative sleep,
which can impact their sleep-wake cycles or circadian
rhythm, and ultimately, their health, " says the authors
of an evidence-based practice initiative, Brian A. Rottweiler,
MS 2020, RN and faculty member Mary Beth Flynn Makic,
PhD, RN. Published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing,
the paper highlights that the main causes of sleep disruption
are noise, lighting and nursing care. Despite growing evidence
about the imperative need for quality sleep, studies
show only 8% of healthcare personnel believe prioritizing
it is important.
COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Graduate
Nursing Students at Work, Home, and
School
A
study published in the Journal of Professional Nursing
found that many of CU Nursing's graduate students
suffered from increased stress after the onset of the
COVID-19 pandemic, which influenced the ability to focus,
study, and might delay continuation in graduate school.
Juggling school, a varied work-load and changes to their
schedules, all significantly influenced stress levels. " The
past year brought challenges so unique that it's critical to
understand how our students - who juggle clinical work
and studies - are faring, " says Priscilla Nodine, PhD, CNM,
associate professor at the University of Colorado College of
Nursing and study author. " These study results are crucial
in understanding how to take care of our future workforce
who are already on the front lines, " says Nodine.
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