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Christine J Catling, Fiona Reid, Billie Hunter
BACKGROUND: A number of adverse events in Australia and overseas have highlighted the need to examine the workplace culture in the maternity environment. Little attention has been paid to the midwifery workplace culture in Australia. AIM: The study aimed to explore the midwifery workplace culture from the perspective of midwives themselves. METHODS: A qualitative descriptive design was used. Group and individual interviews were undertaken of urban, regional and rural-based midwives in Australia...
October 19, 2016: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Holly Blake, Natalia Stanulewicz, Francesca McGill
AIMS: To investigate physical activity levels of nursing and medicine students; examine predictors of physical activity level; and examine the most influential benefits and barriers to exercise. BACKGROUND: Healthcare professionals have low levels of physical activity, which increases their health risk and may influence their health promotion practices with patients. DESIGN: We surveyed 361 nursing (n=193) and medicine (n=168) students studying at a UK medical school...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Kei Nomaguchi, Wendi Johnson
Contemporary norms of fatherhood emphasize the dual demands of breadwinning and daily involvement in childcare. Recent qualitative research suggests that working-class fathers find it difficult to meet these demands due to job instability and workplace inflexibility. Yet, little quantitative research has examined how employment characteristics are related to fathers' parenting stress, in comparison with mothers'. Analyses using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 3,165) show that unemployment and workplace inflexibility, but not overwork, multiple jobs, odd-jobs, and nonstandard hours, are related to more parenting stress for fathers...
August 2016: Journal of Family Issues
Katinka Tuisku, Laura Pulkki-Råback, Marianna Virtanen
BACKGROUND: Occupational well-being in health care is essential for the quality of care and productivity. Some of the major challenges facing hospital nurses are the personnel turnover, emotional loading and health care reforms. After primary occupational safety and risk management, complementary positive health promotion approaches with cultural interventions can be experimented. OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between well-being indicators of hospital nurses and their participation in cultural events provided by the employer (theater, concerts, exhibitions, museums, sight-seeing, and musicals) during past 6 months...
September 7, 2016: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
Nerida Joss, Eliette Dupré-Husser, Amanda Cooklin, Brian Oldenburg
Integrated approaches to worker health, safety and wellbeing have been progressively developed and implemented internationally for over a decade; however, implementation in the Australian context is still in the early stages. Integrated workplace interventions recognise the interaction between health protection and health promotion to create a workplace culture in which health, safety and wellbeing are valued and managed efficiently, together with a view to improve organisational productivity. The present paper describes the progress of integrated approaches in six Victorian workplaces considered early adopters and identifies the drivers for further policy and program development in this area...
September 8, 2016: Australian Journal of Primary Health
Rebecca Koncz, Fiona Wolfenden, Craig Hassed, Richard Chambers, Julia Cohen, Nicholas Glozier
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a 6-week mindfulness-based stress release program (SRP) on stress and work engagement in fulltime university employees. METHODS: Perceived stress, workplace wellbeing, and engagement were measured at baseline and within 1 week of the SRP completion, and contemporaneously 6 weeks apart for a waitlist control group. A second program was implemented to examine reproducibility of results. RESULTS: Fifty participants undertook the SRPs, and 29 participants were waitlisted...
October 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Scott J Pedersen, Cecilia M Kitic, Marie-Louise Bird, Casey P Mainsbridge, P Dean Cooley
BACKGROUND: With the advent of workplace health and wellbeing programs designed to address prolonged occupational sitting, tools to measure behaviour change within this environment should derive from empirical evidence. In this study we measured aspects of validity and reliability for the Occupational Sitting and Physical Activity Questionnaire that asks employees to recount the percentage of work time they spend in the seated, standing, and walking postures during a typical workday. METHODS: Three separate cohort samples (N = 236) were drawn from a population of government desk-based employees across several departmental agencies...
2016: BMC Public Health
Anne Whitcombe, Kay Cooper, Emma Palmer
The objective of this mixed methods systematic review is to examine the relationship between organizational culture and the health and wellbeing of hospital nurses, and to develop an aggregated synthesis of quantitative and qualitative systematic reviews to derive recommendations for policy and practice.Organizational culture comprises factors such as leadership, management and support, a health and safety oriented workplace climate and job characteristics.The quantitative component of this review will explore the relationship between organizational culture and the following outcomes in hospital nurses which may be indicators of health and wellbeing: work-related injury such as needlestick or sharp injuries, musculoskeletal injuries and conditions such as low back pain, burnout and general wellbeing...
June 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Stacie Chappell, Melanie Pescud, Pippa Waterworth, Trevor Shilton, Dee Roche, Melissa Ledger, Terry Slevin, Michael Rosenberg
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to use Kotter's leading change model to explore the implementation of workplace health and wellbeing initiatives. METHODS: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 31 workplace representatives with a healthy workplace initiative. RESULTS: None of the workplaces used a formal change management model when implementing their healthy workplace initiatives. Not all of the steps in Kotter model were considered necessary and the order of the steps was challenged...
October 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Jose Lara, Nicola O'Brien, Alan Godfrey, Ben Heaven, Elizabeth H Evans, Scott Lloyd, Suzanne Moffatt, Paula J Moynihan, Thomas D Meyer, Lynn Rochester, Falko F Sniehotta, Martin White, John C Mathers
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle interventions delivered during the retirement transition might promote healthier ageing. We report a pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a web-based platform (Living, Eating, Activity and Planning through retirement; LEAP) promoting healthy eating (based on a Mediterranean diet (MD)), physical activity (PA) and meaningful social roles. METHODS: A single blinded, two-arm RCT with individual allocation. Seventy-five adult regular internet users living in Northeast England, within two years of retirement, were recruited via employers and randomised in a 2:1 ratio to receive LEAP or a 'usual care' control...
2016: PloS One
Géraldine Rouxel, Estelle Michinov, Virginie Dodeler
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated that geriatric care employees are exposed to a large number of factors that can affect their levels of job satisfaction and occupational stress. Although working with elderly people is emotionally demanding, little research has been done on the role played by perceptions of emotional display rules, alongside more traditional work characteristics and individual factors, in the prediction of geriatric care employees' wellbeing. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to examine the role played by work characteristics (job demands, job control, emotional display rules) and individual (affectivity) factors to predict job satisfaction and burnout among French geriatric care nurses...
October 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Yvonne Brunetto, John Rodwell, Kate Shacklock, Rod Farr-Wharton, Defne Demir
AIM: To examine the impact of an individual resource factor (psychological capital) and an organizational resource (management support) on nurses' intentions to quit. BACKGROUND: Nursing work can be stressful and as a consequence, nurses suffer greater stress and stress-related sickness, including depression, than the general population. Stress can be mitigated in the workplace depending on the availability of resources in the workplace. Resources can come from the organization or the individual themselves...
July 27, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Wendy Smyth, David Lindsay, Colin Holmes, Anne Gardner, Kazi Mizanur Rahman
BACKGROUND: Although nurses generally constitute the largest component of the health workforce there is no systematic collection of data about their health status. Similarly, little is known about how nurses manage any long-term condition they may have, which could contribute to their reducing hours of employment or leaving the workforce completely. Such information will become more important against the backdrop of a global shortage of nurses, and ageing of the nursing population. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to identify the types and impacts of reported long-term conditions, and strategies employed by nurses to manage their conditions...
October 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Ruth F Hunter, Sarah F Brennan, Jianjun Tang, Oliver J Smith, Jennifer Murray, Mark A Tully, Chris Patterson, Alberto Longo, George Hutchinson, Lindsay Prior, David P French, Jean Adams, Emma McIntosh, Frank Kee
BACKGROUND: Increasing physical activity in the workplace can provide employee physical and mental health benefits, and employer economic benefits through reduced absenteeism and increased productivity. The workplace is an opportune setting to encourage habitual activity. However, there is limited evidence on effective behaviour change interventions that lead to maintained physical activity. This study aims to address this gap and help build the necessary evidence base for effective, and cost-effective, workplace interventions...
2016: BMC Public Health
Lauren Rauscher, Bianca D M Wilson
OBJECTIVES: This article explores the complex relationships between race and occupational stressors among an ethnically diverse sample of high school teachers and their implications for women's mental health. METHOD: Interviews with Black, White, and Mexican American teachers suggest that workplaces are organized by subtle forms of gender and racial discrimination as well as White racial privilege; this context shapes women's experiences of occupational stressors...
July 18, 2016: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
Susan Crowther, Billie Hunter, Judith McAra-Couper, Lucie Warren, Andrea Gilkison, Marion Hunter, Anna Fielder, Mavis Kirkham
BACKGROUND: midwifery workforce issues are of international concern. Sustainable midwifery practice, and how resilience is a required quality for midwives, have begun to be researched. How these concepts are helpful to midwifery continues to be debated. It is important that such debates are framed so they can be empowering for midwives. Care is required not to conceptually label matters concerning the midwifery workforce without judicious scrutiny and diligence. AIM: the aim of this discussion paper is to explore the concepts of sustainability and resilience now being suggested in midwifery workforce literature...
September 2016: Midwifery
Michelle Cleary, Garry Walter, Elizabeth Halcomb, Violeta Lopez
AIM: To discuss envy and jealousy and how their positive and negative aspects among nurse academics affect the workplace. BACKGROUND: In nursing academia, jealousy and envy are common emotions, engendered by demands for high productivity, intense competition for limited resources, preferences for particular assignments and opportunities for promotions. When these feelings are moderate and part of everyday rivalry, competition and ambition benefit the organisation...
July 2016: Nurse Researcher
Graham Boniface, Sudip Ghosh, Lisa Robinson
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal disorders significantly contribute to staff sickness and absence in the NHS. District nurses are especially at risk because patient handling tasks are often carried out outside a clinical environment. STUDY AIM: To explore district nurses' lived experience of musculoskeletal wellbeing. STUDY DESIGN: An exploratory qualitative study using interpretative phenomenological analysis. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews with a purposeful sample of seven district nurses...
July 2016: British Journal of Community Nursing
Bo Rolander, Charlotte Wåhlin, Venerina Johnston, Petra Wagman, Ulrika Lindmark
OBJECTIVE: By 2023, fewer dentists are expected in Sweden, at the same time as the demand for dental care is expected to increase. Older people, in particular, are expected to require more dental health than previous generations. To meet this demand, the public sector dentistry in Sweden is moving towards changes in division of labour among dental professionals, including dentists, dental hygienists and dental nurses. However, the impact of this reallocation on the physical and psychosocial wellbeing of employees is unknown...
August 2016: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
R E W Halliwell, M Downes, V J Adams, R Allister, W Harrison, R J Mellanby, R S Dean
Richard Halliwell and colleagues believe that it can, on the basis of a survey they conducted to assess the incidence of poor mental health and wellbeing in recent veterinary graduates, and workplace factors that might be associated with this.
June 18, 2016: Veterinary Record
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