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Total Worker Health Among New Nurses: An Instrument Development Study

Oregon Health & Science University – $25,000
7/1/15 – 6/30/16

This pilot project employs qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigate nurses’ perception of risks related to Total Worker Health (TWH). The project consists of three substudies: 1) a mixed method study to explore understandings of occupational health risks among recently licensed registered nurses, 2) a quantitative analysis of workers’ compensation claims to describe the impact of compensated occupational injuries among nurses in Washington state, and 3) a literature review that will be used, along with results from the other 2 studies, to develop a risk perception tool to measure TWH among recently graduated nurses.

Abstract

Undergraduate, pre-licensure nurses train for a future in the healthcare workforce that presents a compendium of health risks. These include not only occupational injuries and illnesses, but also psychosocial stressors and challenges to work-life balance. This study will employ qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigate nurses’ understanding of risks related to Total Worker Health (TWH™). Specifically, this pilot project will identify recently licensed nurse’s understanding of risks associated with their employment, describe actual occupational health risks among RNs, and develop an instrument to measure TWH among recently graduated nurses.

Primary Investigator

Janessa Graves
Janessa Graves, PhD

Co-Investigators