174511 Occupational health and safety knowledge and concerns of nurses in the Philippines

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Suzanne Lobaton Cabrera, BS, RN , Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN , School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Gilbert C. Gee, PhD , School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Kaori Fujishiro, PhD , Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluation, and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH
Eularito A. Tagalog, RN, COHN , Occupational Health Nurses Association of the Philippines, Makati City, Philippines
There is limited research on the occupational health and safety concerns of nurses in developing countries such as the Philippines. An assessment among nurses in the Philippines of workplace hazards and the prevalence of occupational injury addresses this need. We collected cross-sectional data among attendees of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) 2007 Annual National Convention held in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Of 1000 surveys distributed, a total of 690 surveys were completed. Surveys assessed experiences of work-related injuries as well as concerns about work-related exposures and injuries (e.g., needlesticks and workplace violence) and work organization factors (e.g., mandatory overtime and shift length) related to the healthcare work environment in the Philippines. Items pertaining to physical and mental health status were also included. We will report descriptive statistics of Filipino nurses' primary workplace health and safety concerns and associations with health-related outcomes. This study documents the work hazards and the prevalence of occupational injury and illness in this understudied population. Findings can be used to inform future interventions, including training and education related to workplace health and safety for nurses. They may also be used for comparison with data obtained from other country's nursing workforces. Further, recognizing the active recruitment of nurses from the Philippines to fill healthcare worker shortages in more developed countries, this study has implications for a transnational migrant workforce.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify workplace hazards and issues among nurses in the current Philippine health care setting. 2. Describe the need for improved occupational health and safety training and education for nurses in the Philippines. 3. Discuss future interventions and global health policies that aim to prevent hazardous exposures on the job and work-related injuries and illnesses among this vulnerable population of workers.

Keywords: Occupational Health, Nurses

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the student principal investigator for this study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.