Nurs Health Sci. 2022 Jun 19. doi: 10.1111/nhs.12969. Online ahead of print.
This study aimed to develop a smartphone-based home workout program for shift-work nurses to increase their levels of exercise and examine its effects on health (sleep disturbance, fatigue, musculoskeletal problems, and resilience) and nursing performance. For this quasi-experimental study with a nonequivalent control group, 54 shift-work nurses were recruited from two general wards at a hospital in Korea and assigned to the intervention and control groups. Nurses in the intervention group were encouraged to exercise regularly using the home workout application for 18 weeks. For the first 12 weeks, text-message counseling and environmental improvement were carried out; only environmental improvement was implemented in the remaining 12-18 weeks. The control group did not receive any intervention. After excluding dropouts, the data of the final 25 participants in the intervention group and 24 participants in the control group were analyzed. Compared with the control group, the intervention group showed statistically significant improvements in physical and psychological health. Hospital organizations could adopt a smartphone-based home workout program to overcome obstacles to exercise, which could lead to positive health outcomes for shift-work nurses. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.