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Bidirectional associations between emergency nurses’ occupational and leisure physical activity: An observational study
journal contributionposted on 2021-06-29, 21:07 authored by Stephanie ChappelStephanie Chappel, Brad Aisbett, Julie Considine, Nicola Diane Ridgers
Emergency nursing is a physically demanding occupation yet research suggests they do not meet current physical activity guidelines. Current interventions have had limited effectiveness increasing nurses’ physical activity, possibly due to a failure to acknowledge physical activity in another domain (e.g., occupational). This study aimed to determine the bidirectional associations between emergency nurses’ occupational and leisure time activity levels on work days. Data from 49 emergency nurses (44 females and five males) wearing an ActiGraph accelerometer and completing work and sleep diaries for up to four weeks were analysed. An activPAL inclinometer was simultaneously worn by 41 nurses. Time spent in different activity levels and postural positions during work and leisure time were determined. Multi-level analyses examined bidirectional associations between emergency nurses’ activity levels at work and during their leisure time. Moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity prior to a morning shift was associated with more sedentary time and less physical activity at work. Conversely, occupational stepping time was associated with more sitting, standing and stepping time after each shift. These findings provide critical insights into how and when researchers should intervene to facilitate adequate recovery for nurses’ post-shift and balance competing demands on their leisure time.
Number of Pages9
External Author AffiliationsDeakin University
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
NursingEmergency nursingPhysical activityOccupational physical activityLeisure time physical activityAccelerometryAdultExerciseFemaleHumansLeisure ActivitiesMaleMiddle AgedSedentary BehaviorYoung AdultSport SciencesHuman movement and sports sciencesCurriculum and pedagogyNursing not elsewhere classifiedHuman Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classifiedPublic Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified