Online Program

Assessing the Occupational Health Risks and Health Behaviors for Men in Correctional Nursing

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mazen El Ghaziri, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN, Department Of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Alicia Dugan, PhD, Department of Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Yuan Zhang, Ph.D., School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

Mary Ellen Castro, D.N.P., R.N., Correctional Managed Health Care/UConn Health, Farmington, CT
Background & Objectives: The percentage of male registered nurses (RNs) in the US is 10%, however, in the correctional setting in Connecticut it is 29%. Correctional nursing exposes RNs to unique occupational health hazards. Gender-related risk factors and role expectations may influence occupational exposures and health outcomes differently. The proposed research will compare occupational exposures, health behaviors and outcomes of male and female RNs in the Correctional Managed Health Care workforce (n=272). Using the Organization of Work framework, this study will examine differences in gender role expectations and exposure to occupational health hazards. Methods: The study will adopt a mixed method, using participatory action research approach, combining surveys and interviews with support and input from stakeholders. Qualitative data will be analyzed using thematic analysis; quantitative data will be analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Expected Outcomes: The information gathered will help identify interventions to reduce gender-based occupational health risks and promote the health and well-being of correctional nurses.

Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Compare occupational health hazards (physical, psychosocial, and organizational) between male and female correctional RNs. Explore differences and similarities in health behaviors and health outcomes of male and female correctional RNs.

Keyword(s): Nurses/Nursing, Occupational Health and Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am postdoctoral fellow within the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace University of Connecticut Health Center.My research interests include workplace violence, work organization and the work environment, health and wellness in the workplace across different sectors in the workforce (nursing, corrections,and others).I am the principal investigator on the study.I am involved in coordinating the study,as well as recruiting study participants,data collection and data analysis.
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.

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