Friday, 28 October 2016

Healthy eating for nurses

Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief

Nurses sometimes advise others on healthy eating but how healthy are their own diets and how easy is it for them to adhere to a healthy diet at work? This is the topic of this study from Australia by Nicholls et al (2016) titled: 'Barriers and facilitators to healthy eating for nurses in the workplace: an integrative review' and published in JAN.

The aim of the study was: 'to conduct an integrative systematic review to identify barriers and facilitators to healthy eating for working nurses.' Twenty-six articles were reviewed. The results showed that: 'Long work hours, shift work, a high workload, low staffing levels and short/few work breaks were all reported as organizational barriers to nurses’ healthy eating. No organizational factors that facilitated healthy eating were reported'. The authors concluded: 'By addressing the complexity of reasons for unhealthy eating in the workplace, change can be strategic and effective' and: 'While not an inconsiderable undertaking, the potential benefits in terms of staff health and well-being and the potential knock-on effects for the community make this worthwhile'.

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Reference

NICHOLLS R., PERRY L., DUFFIELD C. & GALLAGHER R. (2016) Barriers and facilitators to healthy eating for nurses in the workplace: an integrative reviewJournal of Advanced Nursing  doi: 10.1111/jan.13185

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