Most nurses work shifts, and those who work night shifts have poorer lifestyle behaviours, placing them at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The Australian nursing workforce is aging rapidly with 40% nurses over the age of 50 years. Therefore, coupled with the global and national nursing workforce shortage, there is an urgent need for workplace interventions targeting nurses.
One of the strategies that have been used to encourage behaviour change is to target and tailor messages for the target population. Tailoring, which aligns messages with individual characteristics and barriers, is an important aspect of health messaging, whether by print or SMS text-message and is broadly feasible at scale.
This talk, presented by Dr Tracy Kolbe-Alexander from HMNS will include data from a formative assessment in nurses. Examples of physical activity interventions targeting nurses and the related outcomes will be presented.
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