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Healthy Workplace

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Courtney Carpenter

on 23 May 2011

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What makes a healthy workplace? positive work
environment open
communication Safety guidelines Lifestyle Let's look at each topic Key points for open communication
-right time
-right place
-right style
-relevant information Elements of a positive work environment: Safety guidelines Healthy lifestyle practice So why is this important in nursing? Communication issues between -departments
-patients Safety issues -needle sticks
-disposal of toxic substances
-nosocomial infections
-medication errors
-body mechanics BE KIND TO YOUR SPINE! Lifestyle -transition between day and night shifts
-drug and alcohol problems
-poor self care practices due to work demands
-STRESS According to Andrew McVicar in the Journal of Advanced Nursing: "workload, leadership/managment style,professional conflict and emotional cost of caring have been the main sources of distress for nurses for many years [...]" Don't let stress sink you! Barriers to positive work environment: -high nurse/patient ratio
-patient demands
-lack of supplies
-lack of leadership
-unknown expectations
-lack of teamwork What can we do about these problems? Workplace environment influences employee health. Healthy practices in the workplace promote healthy behaviors among employees... Healthy nurses
quality patient care -employee recognition
-clear expectations
-training and goals for development
-incentives to create increased morale smoking cessation programs -inform nurses about this confidential
opportunity for recovery
- 6-8% of nurses have drug and alcohol
problems that affect their work
(National Council of State Boards of Nursing) Tobacco-free campus establish wellness committees safety training seminars Effective teamwork for appropriate situations with patients offer healthy food choices -safe lifting practices
-dispose of toxic substances correctly
-clean environment
-reduce unintentional injuries
-prevent falls
-reduce hazardous drug exposures
-electrical safety
-infection control -smoking cessation programs
-weight loss programs
-nutrition education
-stress management
-alcohol/drug use prevention What do we need to work on? In 2000, 10,983 RNs suffered lost time work
injuries related to lifting patients

12% of nurses report they left the nursing
profession because of back pain.
(CDC) TPAPN Communication in the workplace is the cornerstone of establishing trust. Employees respond to an environment where they are respected and intellectually stimulated. Employees expect to work in a safe environment. Lifestyle influences performance. Creating a healthy workplace requires a team approach. Worksite health promotion programs show:

- Average 28% reduction in sick leave absenteeism
- Average 26% reduction in health costs
- Average 30% reduction in workers' compensation and disability management claims costs
- Average $5.93-to-$1 savings-to-cost ratio Decreasing Tobacco Use Among Workers: Incentives & Competitions to Increase Smoking Cessation Worksite-based incentives and competitions to reduce tobacco use among workers offer rewards to individual workers and to teams as a motivation to participate in a cessation program or effort. PREVENTION THROUGH DESIGN

We can "design out" or minimize hazards and risks early in the design process to prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

- The National Insitute for Occupational
Safety and Health (NIOSH) Decreasing Tobacco Use Among Workers: Smoke-Free Policies to Reduce Tobacco Use

Smoke-free policies prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces and designated public areas. Private-sector smoke-free policies may establish a complete ban on tobacco use on worksite property or restrict smoking to designated outdoor locations.

- Recommended by the Task Force for Community Preventive Services The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia partners with employees to find a program, resource or tool to help them achieve their work/life balance goals to increase job focus and performance. They also offer:
Monthly work/life balance seminars covering how to manage and maximize time and Wellness-at-Work Programs, including Weight Watchers meetings, health screenings,and discounted gym memberships. Worksite health promotion fosters:
Overall effectiveness of human capital

Health promotion has a positive impact on policies and practices that support profitability for the organization and employability of the individual. Health is a shared responsibility between the employer and the employee. Support must be offered at all levels. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Workplace safety and health topics:

Prevention through design. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ptd/

Effective communication in the workplace. (2009, September). NGFL Wales Business Studies A Level Resources. Retrieved from

McVicar, A. (2003). Workplace stress in nursing: A literature review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 44(6), 633642. Retrieved from

National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2011). Substance use disorder in nursing: A resource manual and guidelines for alternative and disciplinary monitoring programs. Retrieved from https://www.ncsbn.org/SUDN_09.pdf References Their work/life balance inititive provides employees and their families with benefits and other assistance to improve their quality of life.

Assistance includes ways to keep job skills current to finding someone to paint your house or help in figuring out your finances. Learn how to lift properly! Provide employees rewards for participating or for success in achieving a specified behavior change, or for both.

Types of rewards may include guaranteed financial payments, lottery chances for monetary or other prizes, and return of self-imposed payroll withholdings. Partnership for Prevention's Leading by Example CEO-to-CEO initiative is designed to leverage the workplace to improve health by promoting greater business involvement in health promotion and disease prevention. Here's a few of the 19 businesses participating... American Express Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma,
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Florida Heart Research Institute, GlaxoSmithKline, Healthy UNH, INTEGRIS Health & Johnson & Johnson National Quality Institute. (1998). A healthy workplace works for everyone. Retrieved from theGrey Bruce unit website:http://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/WorkplaceWellness/2-WhatMakesAWorkplaceHealthy.htm

Partnership for Prevention. (2011). Worksite health: Facts. Retrieved fromhttp://www.prevent.org/Topics/Worksite-Health.aspx

Partnership for Prevention. (2007). Leading by example: Leading practices for employee health management. Retrieved from http://www.prevent.org/Initiatives/Leading-by-Example.aspx

Task Force on Community Preventive Services. (2010). Recommendations for worksite-based interventions to Improve workers’ health. Retrieved from http://www.thecommunityguide.org/worksite/Worksite2010Recommendations_TaskForce.pdf Research has linked poor health status to:

- Higher direct health care costs
- Lower work output (e.g., presenteeism).
- Higher rates of disability
- Higher rates of absenteeism
- Higher rates of injury
- More workers’ compensation claims Healthy workplace by:
Antoinette Billingsley
Courtney Carpenter
Kelli Fletcher
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