Wellness for Work: Perspectives from Nurses, Midwives, and Paramedics in Australia

By Nel Glass, K. Robyn Ogle, Helen Webb, Vanessa Rice and Cecilia Yeboah.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Nurses, midwives, and paramedics are exposed to high degrees of stress, which impacts health status and job satisfaction. The aim of this study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of stress and wellness with a group of nurses, midwives, and paramedics in Australia. Specifically, this study sought to examine individual and group perceptions of current health status, stress levels and possible relationships between job satisfaction and health, and existing lifestyle interventions. There were two research methods: one-on-one interviews, exploring emotional and physical health and its relationship to job satisfaction, and a survey questionnaire focused on a self-rated stress assessment. The questionnaire responses were explored in the interviews. There were 24 health care participants who were drawn from metropolitan and regional Australia. The results revealed 23 participants were moderately–highly stressed. Participants identified strong relationships between the importance of emotional health, wellness, and job satisfaction, and a specific connection between emotional and physical health. Participants believed responsibility for healthy lifestyle management should be jointly held by individuals and workplace organizations.

Keywords: Emotional, Health, Wellness, Healthcare, Stress, Workforce

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2014, pp.23-39. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 24, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 585.456KB)).

Professor Nel Glass

Research Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Nel Glass, RN, Dip. Neuroscience Nursing, BA, MHPEd, PhD, FACN, is a research professor of nursing in the faculty of health sciences at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Nel has been involved in sole and collaborative research studies since 1990 and has conducted 50 research projects. Her major expertise is qualitative research methodology. Her research interests include emotional health, resilience, wellbeing, empowerment, stress and crisis management, social justice, human rights, and improvement in health workplaces. Her research findings have been disseminated in books, journals, art exhibitions, national and international conferences, and seminars. She has been a visiting scholar in 23 institutions and holds an adjunct professor/clinical teaching associate position at the University of Connecticut, USA. She is also a performative artist and a Reiki master. She concurrently facilitates an emotional health and professional development practice.

Dr. K. Robyn Ogle

Research Fellow, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

K. Robyn Ogle, RN, RM, BAS, Crit. Care Cert., MHA, PhD, is a research fellow in nursing in the faculty of health sciences at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Robyn has worked as a clinician and manager, and previously as a senior lecturer. She has educated and researched extensively within health services. As a clinician, she currently practices in the areas of intensive care, coronary care, emergency, post-anesthetic care and midwifery. Her research has predominantly focused on health workforce, organizational culture, staff retention, and acute and critical care. She has recently worked for two years within a community-based palliative care organization, gaining new insights from traditional acute views. She has completed several research projects and provided consultancy to state and federal government departments.

Dr. Helen Webb

Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Helen Webb, Cert. Teach., BEd, MHlthSc (Hons), PhD, is a senior lecturer in paramedicine in the faculty of health sciences at Australian Catholic University in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. She concurrently is employed at Ambulance Victoria (2005–current) as an advanced life support paramedic, and with the Australian Defence Force as Captain (second in command) of 6 Health Company, 4th Combat Service Support Battalion, Oakleigh Barracks, Melbourne. Helen has been awarded an Order of Merit of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta for her outstanding contribution to the development of paramedicine in Timor Leste.

Dr. Vanessa Rice

Senior Lecturer, School of Exercise Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Vanessa Rice, PhD, MA, ATC, MESSA, AEP, is a senior lecturer in exercise science in the faculty of health sciences at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Her professional affiliations are: Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA); National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), USA; and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), USA. Vanessa is also an accredited exercise physiologist and course coordinator and senior lecturer in clinical exercise physiology. Vanessa’s experience stems from training as an athletic trainer (USA) where she has worked with intercollegiate athletes as their primary caregiver in terms of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of their sporting injuries. She has also worked in sports medicine clinics in Bahrain treating and rehabilitating their Olympic and national athletes, as well as in Singapore, where she worked for the Singapore Armed Forces rehabilitating injured soldiers. Whilst in Singapore, she also worked with the SAF Premier League Soccer team, treating and rehabilitating their injuries. While her research is embedded in the area of injury prevention, she also has a keen interest in workplace health & injury prevention. She is also a clinician at the exercise science clinical and training services clinic at Australian Catholic University.

Dr. Cecilia Yeboah

Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cecilia Yeboah, RN, BSc (Nursing), Grad. Dip. Mid., Grad. Dip. Psych. Nurs., Grad. Dip. Aged Care, Grad. Dip. Hlt. Man., MSc (Nursing), PhD, is a lecturer in nursing in the faculty of health sciences at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Her research interests are aged care, chronic illness, cultural diversity, health promotion, and experiences of international students.