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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903917/the-health-of-office-based-workers-in-kingston-jamaica
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Jascinth L M Lindo, Janet LaGrenade, Denise Eldemire-Shearer
The health status of Jamaican workers was evaluated as a baseline for workplace health promotion interventions. Socio-demographic, health status, and lifestyle data were collected from 1,087 employees. Blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels, and body mass index were measured for study participants. The most common illness reported by the study participants was migraine headaches (16.0%), followed by hypertension (13.5%) and asthma (6.1%). Based on blood pressure measurements, 34.1% were pre-hypertensive (120-139/80-89 mmHg), 13...
November 30, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895237/emotional-labor-links-to-depression-and-work-related-musculoskeletal-disorders-in-call-center-workers
#2
Hye-Jin Kim, Jina Choo
Little evidence links emotional labor to either psychological or physical health. This study determined whether the two types of emotional labor (i.e., surface vs. deep acting) were significantly associated with depressive symptoms and work-related musculoskeletal disorders in call center workers. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 274 workers recruited from a call center in Seoul, South Korea. In adjusted regression models, levels of surface, but not deep, acting were significantly and positively associated with depressive symptoms...
November 28, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872407/fatigue-work-schedules-and-perceived-performance-in-bedside-care-nurses
#3
Knar Sagherian, Michael E Clinton, Huda Abu-Saad Huijer, Jeanne Geiger-Brown
Hospital nurses are expected to maintain optimal work performance; yet, fatigue can threaten safe practice and result in unfavorable patient outcomes. This descriptive cross-sectional study explored the association between fatigue, work schedules, and perceived work performance among nurses. The study sample included 77 bedside nurses who were mostly female, single, and between 20 and 29 years of age. The majority worked 8-hour shifts and overtime. Nurses who worked during off days reported significantly higher chronic fatigue compared with those nurses who took time off...
November 21, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864396/work-life-and-family-life-collide-online-support-for-new-fathers
#4
Martin Salzmann-Erikson
The purpose of this investigation was to analyze online discussions about parental leave in relation to the work lives and private lives of new fathers. A netnographic study of nearly 100 discussion threads from a freely accessible online forum for fathers was conducted. Data were coded, sorted, and categorized by qualitative similarities and differences. The results of the study indicate that new fathers seek Internet forums to discuss work-related topics. Parental leave can provoke worries and anxiety related to management and co-worker attitudes which can create concern that they should be back at work...
November 18, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856994/nurse-educators-occupational-and-leisure-sitting-time
#5
Lizbeth P Sturgeon, Dawn Garrett-Wright, Eve Main, Donna Blackburn, M Susan Jones
Prolonged sitting time (ST) is a risk factor for all-cause mortality, independent of physical activity. Nurse educators are particularly at risk due to limited physical activity, older age, and the increasing use of computers. This descriptive correlational study was designed to explore the ST of nurse educators in relation to their self-reported health status and general health indicators. A convenience sample of 56 nurse educators was recruited, and participants completed demographic items, general health questions, and the Workforce Sitting Questionnaire (WSQ; Chau, van der Ploeg, Dunn, Kurko, & Bauman, 2011)...
November 17, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856993/a-review-of-worksite-lactation-accommodations-occupational-health-professionals-can-assure-success
#6
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Elizabeth Dianne Hilliard
The purpose of this review was to examine workplace lactation accommodations, and their association with breastfeeding duration, and identify strategies occupational health professionals can use to promote lactation improvements. This study included literature published from 1985 through 2015 and listed in PubMed and CINAHL. Using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA), 11 articles were identified for review. Presence of a corporate lactation program, on-site child care, and return to work/telephone lactation consultation were consistently associated with breastfeeding at 6 months...
November 17, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807256/truck-drivers-use-of-the-internet-a-mobile-health-lifeline
#7
Karen Heaton, Bryan Combs, Russell Griffin
Because of their social isolation, irregular and unpredictable schedules, limited access to health care, and long periods of travel, long-haul truckers may benefit from the use of mobile health applications on Internet-capable devices. The purpose of this study was to determine Internet access and usage among a sample of long-haul truck drivers. In this cross-sectional study, truck drivers completed a pencil and paper survey with questions on demographics, work and health histories, and Internet access and usage for both personal and job reasons...
November 2, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794076/work-family-conflict-sleep-and-mental-health-of-nursing-assistants-working-in-nursing-homes
#8
Yuan Zhang, Laura Punnett, Angela Nannini
Work-family conflict is challenging for workers and may lead to depression, anxiety, and overall poor health. Sleep plays an important role in the maintenance of mental health; however, the role of sleep in the association between work-family conflict and mental health is not well-studied. Questionnaires were collected from 650 nursing assistants in 15 nursing homes. Multivariate linear regression modeling demonstrated that increased work-family conflict was associated with lower mental health scores (β = -2...
October 28, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794075/knowledge-attitude-and-practice-of-breastfeeding-among-working-mothers-in-south-jordan
#9
Eyad Altamimi, Reem Al Nsour, Duaa Al Dalaen, Neyaf Almajali
Breast milk is the ideal food for human infants, with benefits to mothers and babies. However, working mothers are more likely to choose not to breastfeed or to interrupt breastfeeding prematurely. This study assessed breastfeeding knowledge and attitudes among working mothers in South Jordan. Four hundred cross-sectional, self-administered Arabic surveys were distributed to working mothers at their workplaces. In addition to measuring mothers' knowledge of and attitudes toward breastfeeding, barriers that prevented continuing breastfeeding beyond 6 months were also explored...
October 28, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760828/how-the-non-work-environment-can-affect-worker-and-family-health
#10
Chad Rittle
Occupational health nurses are familiar with environmental exposures workers encounter in their workplaces. However, employees are only "on-the-job" about one third of each workday, with a multitude of potential exposures in other environments that can affect their health. This article addresses some of the major exposures employees encounter outside the workplace-air, water, and soil pollution, and hazardous wastes-including a discussion of several well-known national and international environmental incidents...
October 19, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729501/working-conditions-occupational-injuries-and-health-among-filipino-fish-processing-workers-in-dutch-harbor-alaska
#11
Gabriel Macasiray Garcia, Butch de Castro
This study explored how unique environmental conditions in Alaska influenced occupational health and safety for Filipino fish processing workers, many of whom migrated from warm locations (e.g., the Philippines, California, and Nevada). In-depth interviews were conducted with 26 Filipino workers in one commercial fish processing company in Dutch Harbor. Results indicated that cold weather interferes with workers' job performance, increasing their risk for injury and illness, whereas the community's isolation and rural nature causes loneliness and boredom, resulting in more high-risk behaviors...
October 11, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758937/using-pedometers-to-increase-the-non-workday-steps-of-hospital-nursing-and-support-staff-a-pilot-study
#12
Karen A Croteau
Nursing is a physically active profession; however, nurses and nursing support staff may limit their physical activity (PA) on non-workdays. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effects of a 12-week pedometer-based PA intervention on daily steps of hospital nursing and support staff from two departments, emergency (ED) and oncology (ONC). The 12-week minimal-contact, self-managed intervention was designed to increase total and non-workday PA. Twenty participants with an average age of 47.6 ± 7...
October 10, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758938/occupational-stress-a-comprehensive-review-of-the-top-50-annual-and-lifetime-cited-articles
#13
Behdin Nowrouzi, Christine Nguyen, Jennifer Casole, Behnam Nowrouzi-Kia
This study determined the impact and influence of published articles on the field of occupational stress. A transdisciplinary approach was used to identify the 50 work-related stress articles with the most lifetime citations and the 50 work-related stress articles with the highest annual citation rates. Studies were categorized based on their primary focus: (a) etiology, (b) predictor of outcome for which occupational stress is the outcome or predictor of outcome for which occupational stress is an independent variable, (c) management/intervention, (d) theory/model/framework, or (e) methodologies...
October 6, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758936/methylmercury-exposure-in-women-of-childbearing-age-and-children
#14
N Elizabeth Colvin, Pamela Lynn Mahan, Jeffrey Harris
As frontline clinicians, occupational and environmental health nurses play an important role in educating workers and the public about the dangers and toxic effects of environmental contaminants. One of these contaminants is methylmercury, which enters the body through the consumption of contaminated fish and seafood. Methylmercury affects the central nervous system where it may cause psychiatric disturbances, ataxia, neuropathy, and visual and hearing loss. Because their central nervous systems are rapidly developing, the most vulnerable subgroups are infants in utero, babies, and young children...
October 6, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758934/occupational-exposure-to-antineoplastic-agents-an-analysis-of-health-care-workers-and-their-environments
#15
Catherine Utecht Graeve, Patricia Marie McGovern, Bruce Alexander, Timothy Church, Andrew Ryan, Martha Polovich
Approximately 8 million health care workers are unnecessarily exposed to highly toxic drugs used to treat cancer; antineoplastic drugs can contribute to negative health effects for these workers. The drugs have been detected in the urine of workers and on the floors and counters of worksites. Safety precautions that could reduce the risk of exposure are underutilized. This cross-sectional study of 163 oncology health care workers used a survey to measure workplace and individual factors, and environmental sampling to measure surface contamination...
October 6, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27601243/organizational-structure-as-a-determinant-of-job-burnout-an-exploratory-study-on-pakistani-pediatric-nurses
#16
Atif Bilal, Hafiz Mushtaq Ahmed
This exploratory study determined the impact of organizational structure, particularly participation in decision making, instrumental communication, formalization, integration, and promotional opportunity, on burnout among Pakistani pediatric nurses. Data were collected from pediatric nurses working for Punjab's largest state-run hospital. The findings revealed that participation in decision making, instrumental communication, and promotional opportunity prevented burnout. Formalization contributed to burnout but integration was not related to burnout...
September 6, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899741/essentials-in-return-to-work-issues-a-manufacturing-worker-with-prostate-cancer
#17
Candace L Sandal
To manage potential disabilities, the occupational and environmental health nurse has an extensive understanding of disability issues, provides functional worker assessments, and meets business requirements. They appropriately assess worker health issues and offer creative solutions to address both worker and business needs.
December 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899740/respiratory-protection-toolkit-providing-guidance-without-changing-requirements-can-we-make-an-impact
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December 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758935/the-american-association-of-occupational-health-nurses-respiratory-protection-education-program-and-resources-webkit-for-occupational-health-professionals
#19
Lisa Pompeii, Annette Byrd, George L Delclos, Sadie H Conway
Organizations are required to adhere to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) if they have workers that wear a respirator on the job. They must also have an employee "suitably trained" to administer their program. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and its National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory have worked to champion the occupational health nurse in this role by collaborating with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses to develop free, online respiratory protection training and resources (RPP Webkit)...
December 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27439880/respiratory-protection-toolkit-providing-guidance-without-changing-requirements-can-we-make-an-impact
#20
Elizabeth Ann Bien, Gordon Lee Gillespie, Cynthia Ann Betcher, Terri L Thrasher, Donna R Mingerink
International travel and infectious respiratory illnesses worldwide place health care workers (HCWs) at increasing risk of respiratory exposures. To ensure the highest quality safety initiatives, one health care system used a quality improvement model of Plan-Do-Study-Act and guidance from Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) May 2015 Hospital Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) Toolkit to assess a current program. The toolkit aided in identification of opportunities for improvement within their well-designed RPP...
December 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
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