Nurses who worked long shifts and had less physically demanding roles were more likely to be obese compared with other nurses, according to a study in the Journal of Nursing Administration. Researchers surveyed nearly 2,100 female nurses, 55% of them obese. "Long work hours and shift work adversely affect quantity and quality of sleep, which often interferes with adherence to healthy behavior and increases obesity," said researcher Kihye Han of the University of Maryland nursing school.
Congress needs to avoid deficit-reduction mandates that could harm patient care and lead to massive job losses in one of the few sectors that is a bright spot for hiring, the ANA and the American Hospital Association say in a new ad. "According to an independent analysis, 195,000 jobs over the next decade will be lost under sequestration, and another 83,000 from cuts to hospital care under consideration in the House-passed H.R. 3630," the ad says.