Next up in the news for nurses is a look at how workplace intervention programs can be used to improve worker wellness and help prevent the onset of illnesses like diabetes, COPD and more. The Ohio State University reported on a research program to reduce the incidence of diabetes in the workplace. They found that when employees were enrolled in workplace health programs that encouraged healthy behaviors and health education, they had a greater increase in weight loss, lower fasting blood sugar and reduced fat intake.

Workplace Health Coming From Nurses

workplace-health-young-womanWith more than one-third of Americans at risk for diabetes right now, this is an important look at ways interventions can be put in place in multiple ways to enact positive change in patient behaviors. Just like in the previous article this week, where simple text messages improved outcomes for patients, other positive workplace health interventions and messages from other outlets can also make a change in overall wellness.

It makes sense when you think about it. Most of us spend more time at work than we do at home, and we spend way more time there than we do at a healthcare office (unless we work there). So workplace interventions and messaging are great ways to improve overall health and wellness. I’ve talked about this on the show many times in the past. From simple signs encouraging people to use the stairs rather than an elevator, to workplace contests to increase walking steps, all can be used to enact change.

I see this as further proof that nurses can be utilized in the workplace to enact creative and interesting interventions that have an increased effect on wellness. These programs also improve worker productivity and business output so there is a positive return on the investment of putting a nurse in place in the corporate business plan. Keep your eyes open for opportunities in non-traditional nursing careers and entrepreneur fields. You might be surprised where you can find a new role for your talents.

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Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Cervical Health and Screening and Episode 378.

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