Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The decaying health status of nurses]

NÉMETH Anikó, BETLEHEM József, LAMPEK Kinga

JUNE 20, 2014

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2014;27(03)

[Aim of the study: Investigating the changes in health status, medicine usage and frequency of taking sick-leaves among nurses. Sample and methods: Two cross-sectional studies were conducted in six Hungarian teaching hospitals in 2003 and in 2010 involving full time worker inpatient care nurses who were asked to complete a questionnaire developed by the researchers. Results: The self evaluated health status of nurses worsened since the first survey. Significantly more nurses suffered from chronic diseases and more of them are taking medicines regularly than in 2003. The biggest increment was measured in the rate of people with digestive and musculoskeletal disorders, with allergies, varicose veins and migraine. The number of days on sick-leave decreased significantly and there are more nurses who do not take sick-days when they are sick. Sleep disturbances, head and back aches also occur more often. Conclusions: Based on our data the nurse population is getting older and nurses suffer from numerous chronic diseases.]

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