Nursing News: 55% of Nurses are Obese – What does this Say about Our Work Life Balance?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 3rd, 2012

nurse recruitment and retentionWhen researchers at the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing found that 55% of nurses were obese, they made suggestions for managers and health care executives to help nurses who are stressed, overweight and at risk for health problems achieve better work life balance by getting active, getting better sleep, having access to healthier foods, and managing stress.

Researchers stated that vigilance required for providing good nursing care depends on having an adequate sleep and rest. They found that long work hours can impact the quality of nursing care and increase the potential for error.

For the study, they randomly surveyed 633 nurses working in hospitals in Illinois and North Carolina. The findings, titled “Nurses’ Work Schedule Characteristics, Nurse Staffing, and Patient Mortality,” found that although 12-hour shifts might be appealing to many nurses, shift work in general can lead to sleep deprivation.

The findings suggest that long work hours can lead to poor patient care and outcomes. The findings from the researchers found nurses are more prone to errors from working long hours and lack of time off.  This data gives even more reason for providers in hospitals and clinics to care for their nurses.

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