A Workplace Wellness Tai Chi Offering - A Description of the Older Nurse Participants

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Title:
A Workplace Wellness Tai Chi Offering - A Description of the Older Nurse Participants
Abstract:
A Workplace Wellness Tai Chi Offering - A Description of the Older Nurse Participants
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Palumbo, Mary Val, DNP, APRN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Vermont
Title:Director/Research Associate
Co-Authors:Ge Wu, PhD; Hollie Shaner-McCrae, RN, MSA, FAAN; Barbara McIntosh, PhD and Betty Rambur, DNSc
[Research Presentation] Aim: Workplace wellness interventions are costly if they do not reach an employee target audience who would benefit. As the workforce ages, acceptable interventions to improve employee productivity are sought. This pilot project describes a small sample of older nurses who volunteered to participate in a 15 week Tai Chi offering in their workplace. Methods: This descriptive study, using a convenience sample, tested on the following measures: 1. Health and wellbeing: SF-36, Nurse Stress Scale (NSS), and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS); 2. Work limitations: The Work Limitations Questionnaire (WLQ), Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ) about Low Back, Shoulder, and Neck Pain. 3. Physical strength, balance, and flexibility: isokinetic force dynamometer, Sit and Reach Test and Functional Reach Test. Results: Fourteen female nurses, working in the hospital setting (mean age of 54.4 years, range: 49-63), participated. Over 70 nurses expressed interest. Seventy-five percent worked 32 hours+ and 25% reported no regular exercise program. Mean weight was 79kg. Low levels of work stress (25/102 on NSS) and general stress (PSS), coupled with high levels of general (83/100) and mental (80/100) wellbeing on the SF-36, were found. The vitality scale was lowest (64/100). The majority had experienced neck (81%), back (75%), and shoulder (63%) pain. Compared to a healthy worker, the WLQ predicted a small decrease in productivity (2.76%). Physical measures were correlated between SF-36 bodily pain index (mean 74/100) and flexibility (r= 0.64, p =0.01) and isometric legástrength (r = 0.58, p=0.03). Conclusions: In this study, older nurses choosing to participate in a workplace wellness intervention aimed at stress reduction and improvement in physical wellbeing were found to have low baseline stress. Instead they needed the intervention to reduce pain, increase flexibility, strength, and vitality. Further studies are needed to describe the longitudinal effects and cost effectiveness of Tai Chi interventions.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Workplace Wellness Tai Chi Offering - A Description of the Older Nurse Participantsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156125-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">A Workplace Wellness Tai Chi Offering - A Description of the Older Nurse Participants</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Palumbo, Mary Val, DNP, APRN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Vermont</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Director/Research Associate</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">mpalumbo@uvm.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Ge Wu, PhD; Hollie Shaner-McCrae, RN, MSA, FAAN; Barbara McIntosh, PhD and Betty Rambur, DNSc</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Aim: Workplace wellness interventions are costly if they do not reach an employee target audience who would benefit. As the workforce ages, acceptable interventions to improve employee productivity are sought. This pilot project describes a small sample of older nurses who volunteered to participate in a 15 week Tai Chi offering in their workplace. Methods: This descriptive study, using a convenience sample, tested on the following measures: 1. Health and wellbeing: SF-36, Nurse Stress Scale (NSS), and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS); 2. Work limitations: The Work Limitations Questionnaire (WLQ), Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ) about Low Back, Shoulder, and Neck Pain. 3. Physical strength, balance, and flexibility: isokinetic force dynamometer, Sit and Reach Test and Functional Reach Test. Results: Fourteen female nurses, working in the hospital setting (mean age of 54.4 years, range: 49-63), participated. Over 70 nurses expressed interest. Seventy-five percent worked 32 hours+ and 25% reported no regular exercise program. Mean weight was 79kg. Low levels of work stress (25/102 on NSS) and general stress (PSS), coupled with high levels of general (83/100) and mental (80/100) wellbeing on the SF-36, were found. The vitality scale was lowest (64/100). The majority had experienced neck (81%), back (75%), and shoulder (63%) pain. Compared to a healthy worker, the WLQ predicted a small decrease in productivity (2.76%). Physical measures were correlated between SF-36 bodily pain index (mean 74/100) and flexibility (r= 0.64, p =0.01) and isometric leg&aacute;strength (r = 0.58, p=0.03). Conclusions: In this study, older nurses choosing to participate in a workplace wellness intervention aimed at stress reduction and improvement in physical wellbeing were found to have low baseline stress. Instead they needed the intervention to reduce pain, increase flexibility, strength, and vitality. Further studies are needed to describe the longitudinal effects and cost effectiveness of Tai Chi interventions.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:28:40Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:28:40Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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