Study on the Health-Promoting Lifestyles and the Related Factors Among Psychiatric Nurses in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Hsin-Fei Chang, RN
Nursing Department, Kai-Suan Psychiatric Hospital, Kaohsiung City ,Taiwan(R.O.C.), Taiwan

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to explore the health-promoting lifestyles and the determinants of lifestyles among Psychiatric nurses staff.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to to know the status of physical-mental health among psychiatric nurses staff.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the health-promoting lifestyles and the determinants of lifestyles among  Psychiatric nurses in Kaohsiung county. The adopted instruments were health-promoting lifestyle profile, physical-mental health scale and demographic data.Methods: There were 345 effective questionnaires received which made the response rate as high as 86.5%, then, the data collected were analyzed by t-test, one-way ANOVA and Pearson’s correlation.Results: The major findings of the study were as follows:1. In the health-promoting lifestyles, the highest score was the interpersonal support, followed by nutrition, self-actualization, stress management, exercise and health responsibility.2.The scores of health-promoting lifestyle scale, the age, marital status, hiring qualifications and working class reached the remarkable difference.3.The scores of staff in Public officials , were significantly higher than contract staff; while scores of staff in day shift system, were significantly higher than staff in shift. (p<.05).4. As to scores of physical-mental health scale, the age with hiring qualifications reached the remarkable difference. They was inverse correlation between health-promoting lifestyle and physical-mental health.Conclusion: Hospital characteristics and decision-makers should consider the Psychiatric nurses staff needs and propose effective management strategies, development of appropriate staff health promotion activities to promote staff health, enhance health care services with more quality and patient satisfaction.