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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Kinesiology and Health Promotion

First Advisor

Dr. Marc Cormier


Background: Emergency nurses are tasked with managing the hectic, unpredictable, and constantly changing environment of an ED. In addition, emergency nurses have been shown to have high levels of stress, irregular meal schedules, rotating shift work, long hours, and a lack of physical activity. Furthermore, research has suggested that nurses are at an increased risk for non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart disease (Phiri, et al., 2014), in addition to a high prevalence of obesity (Kyle, et al., 2016).

Methodology: In this study, 23 emergency nurses completed a 43-item survey regarding current behaviors and constructs of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) model (attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived control) as it related to 8 identified health behaviors, and their intention to change at least one behavior in the following 30 days.

Results: Analysis revealed a non-significant relationship between components of the TPB, however findings indicated strong correlations between multiple health behaviors (e.g. physical activity and sleep, overall wellness and workplace stress, and, co-worker support and healthy eating).

Discussion: Although a small sample was obtained, the trends identified in the data are discussed along with potential interventions for ED nurses. Additionally, the implications of the current healthcare climate on the stress and wellbeing of ED nurses and the need for further research are considered.

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