ULM School of Nursing Faculty & Staff Assessment. Victoria Creel, Erin Allen Forsse , Jessica Jester, Christin Mohon , Alyson Waters, Karla Wiggers. HEALTH SEEKING BEHAVIORS. Jessica Jester. Rationale.
Victoria Creel, Erin Allen Forsse, Jessica Jester,
ChristinMohon, Alyson Waters, Karla Wiggers
The SON faculty & staff will identify resources available in their community regarding exercise programs and lifestyle activities.
Identify convenient resources for exercise
State where canoes can be obtained
Identify what Zumba is and where to find a class
State where one can join a group for bike riding
Zumba is Latin rhythms and is easy to follow combos in an interval format alternating from easy to harder dance moves.
Zumba allows you to burn approximately 800 to 1000 calories per hour
Zumba is offered at The
Wellness Center, ULM
Activity Center, and personal
A follow up survey will be used to determine the awareness of the ULM faculty and staff to the local exercise programs and lifestyle activity options in the Fall of 2010.
Out of 760 nurses surveyed across the country, 54% were overweight or obese compared to the national statistics of 65% of the U.S. population
This is linked to bad habits at the workplace, such as too much caffeine, sugar, and unhealthy eating.
eating while at work
“Studies have shown negative effects of stress on health and a cause-and-effect relationship between stress and infectious diseases, traumatic injuries (eg, motor vehicle crashes), and some chronic illnesses (Smeltzer, Bare, Hinkle, & Cheever, p. 58, 2008).
“During times of stress, our bodies release Cortisol, which is a stress hormone that makes us crave sugary, high calorie foods like chocolate, pizza, and ice cream” (Scott, 2007).
The SON faculty and staff will verbalize an intent to change two behaviors to decrease or manage stressors.
Identify at least two behaviors that contribute to stress.
List at least 2 negative effects of stress on health.
List 2 local resources for stress relief.
Stress levels of the SON faculty and staff will be reassessed using the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory in the Fall of 2010.
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the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory that they have experienced a major change in sleeping habits within the last year.
The SON faculty and staff will experience a more functional sleeping pattern.
Explain possible causes of disturbed
sleeping patterns due to lifestyle disruptions
Explain 3 effects of disturbed sleeping patterns including physical effects
List at least 2 ways to improve sleep patterns
Make a sleep diary
Develop individualized bedtime routine
Name major foods that induce sleep
Provide information on foods and drinks to avoid around the hours of sleep
Help the client to evaluate sleep diary
Help develop a bedtime routine
Regularity of disturbed sleeping patterns of the SON faculty and staff will be reassessed in the Fall of 2010.
Erin Allen Forsse
Fatigue, which is different from sleepiness, can cause a lack of motivation and can make one less productive.
Although commonly caused by a routine or lifestyle habit, fatigue can be a symptom of an underlying medical problem.
The SON faculty and staff will be able to perform daily activities with motivation and not suffer from sleep disturbances and lack of energy.
Explain the cause of the fatigue
Plan important tasks during periods of high energy
Seek medical attention if fatigue is caused by a condition
Get adequate, regular, and consistent amounts of sleep every night
Exercise regularly and eat well-balanced meals
Learn ways to promote relaxation
Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and drug use
Help develop a fatigue treatment plan including diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, and stress reduction
Follow up with treatment plan
Host a “Fighting Fatigue” health day to
provide information on treatment
and prevention of fatigue
A follow up survey will be given to the SON faculty and staff to evaluate the effectiveness of the fatigue interventions in the Fall of 2010.
The SON faculty and staff surveys indicated that 14 out of 21 faculty and staff do not currently have any type of advanced directive.
The SON faculty and staff will acquire information and understanding of the need to enact advance directives.
Personal desires for end of life decisions will be examined.
3 potential situations requiring advanced directives will be identified.
A plan for acquiring and completing proper forms will be developed.
An accountability pact will be formed with peers to ensure completion of forms.
Give real life examples that show the importance of advanced directives.
Provide websites with information on living wills.
Help develop a plan for acquiring and completing forms.
Encourage partnering with peers for accountability.
A follow up survey determining the number of advance directives put in place after the presentation will be administered in the Fall of 2010.