B-61 Free Communication/Poster - Activity Interventions and Programming in Adults II Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room: Hall F
Nurses face multiple negative stressors and report the greatest stress of all health care workers. The stress can have a negative effect on the health of nurses (e.g., obesity, fatigue, decrease in quality of life and satisfaction with life, and burnout). Stress is common among nurses with negative impacts on a nurse’s health as well as the quality of care patients receive. It is important for nurses to implement self-care strategies techniques (e.g., physical activity) to lower feelings of stress.
PURPOSE: To examine the relationship between physical activity levels and measures of health among nurses in eastern NC.
METHODS: Nurses (n = 62, 94% females; 85% White; age = 42.2 ± 11.7) were assessed for physical activity via the Fitbit Flex activity tracker over a 7 day period and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. Nurses reported burnout, stress, and fatigue using self-reported questionnaires. Body mass index was measured by dividing weight (kg) by the participant’s squared height (m).
RESULTS: BMI was significantly correlated with moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (r = -.28), steps (r = -0.29), and vigorous intensity physical activity (r = -.32). Fatigue was significantly correlated with moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (r = -.27). Stress was significantly correlated with steps (r = -.27), moderate intensity physical activity (r = -.25), and light intensity physical activity (r = -.40). Significant associations were also found between quality of life and light intensity physical activity (r = .40), moderate intensity physical activity (r = .30), and steps (r = .29). A relationship was found between high intensity physical activity and burnout (r = .23, p < .001) and between steps and compassion fatigue (r = -.26, p < .05).
CONCLUSIONS: Findings demonstrated that stress, fatigue, and burnout were lowly correlated with physical activity among nurses. Thus, a physical activity intervention among nurses may be needed to fully see the effects of physical activity on nurses’ health, and ultimately patient health and safety.