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Occupational health-related experiences in rural Tasmania

Newman, Barbara and Berens, Heidi (2010). Occupational health-related experiences in rural Tasmania. British Journal of Community Nursing,15(7):355-359.

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Title Occupational health-related experiences in rural Tasmania
Author Newman, Barbara
Berens, Heidi
Journal Name British Journal of Community Nursing
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 7
ISSN 1462-4753   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-77957010984
Start Page 355
End Page 359
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Mark Allen Group
Abstract This descriptive, explorative study sought to identify the occupational-related health experiences of community nurses in their workday within rural North West Tasmania. Tasmania is one of eight states and territories that form Australia. The findings indicate the majority of community nurses consider their health average or better, although 30% reported being overweight; 5% reported smoking; 60% reported feeling tense, anxious or depressed sometimes during the week. In the 12 months prior to survey 48% of participants had experienced a work-related injury or illness. At least two thirds of participants spent an average of 1.5 hours teaching nursing students and 2 hours teaching medical students, per week. Hazards (needlestick injury, items obstructing passageways, debris within homes), dogs and use of mobile telephones were regularly associated with weekly work incidents. Interestingly, more time was spent in a day on documentation than with clients or professional development.
Keywords Community nurses
Work and occupational health
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