For female nurses, working nights tied to increased BMI

For female nurses, working nights tied to increased BMI
Female nurses working night or mixed shifts have higher body mass index scores compared with nurses who work regular daytime schedules, according to a study published in the February issue of Applied Nursing Research.

(HealthDay)—Female nurses working night or mixed shifts have higher body mass index (BMI) scores compared with nurses who work regular daytime schedules, according to a study published in the February issue of Applied Nursing Research.

To examine the correlation between shift schedule and BMI, Peter Smith, Ph.D., M.P.H., from Monash University in Australia, and colleagues conducted a secondary analysis using data from 9,291 participants in the on the Work and Health of Nurses.

The researchers observed a small, but statistically significant, difference in BMI scores based on shift schedule categories. Female nurses working night or mixed shift schedules had higher BMI scores, compared with those working a regular daytime schedule. This association was not attenuated by adjustment for working conditions and employer supported facilities.

"The potential public health importance of this relationship requires further investigation given the small, but statistically significant, differences observed in this sample," the authors write.

More information: Abstract
Full Text

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

BMI and lean body mass decline after allogeneic HSCT

Oct 04, 2012

(HealthDay)—In survivors of childhood hematologic malignancies who have received allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT), body mass index (BMI) decreases significantly, mainly due ...

Long shifts lead to nurse burnout and dissatisfied patients

Nov 06, 2012

Extended work shifts of twelve hours or longer are common and popular among hospital staff nurses, but a new study reports that nurses working longer shifts were more likely to experience burnout, job dissatisfaction, and ...

Recommended for you

Asia's rising tobacco epidemic

31 minutes ago

Smoke-filled bars and packed cancer wards reflect decades of neglect of no-smoking policies in Asia, where both high- and low-income countries are belatedly waking up to a growing tobacco-related health ...

Study: Americans endure unwanted care near death

11 hours ago

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, ...

Failed Medicare payments law remains relevant

11 hours ago

In a new commentary in the journal JAMA Surgery, Dr. Eli Adashi recounts what he and other advocates saw as merits of the originally bipartisan Sustainable Growth Rate Repeal and Medicare Provider Paymen ...

User comments