Nurses who work in accident and emergency or mental health settings are more likely to smoke than other nurses, according to an Australian study.
Researchers surveyed 1,029 nurses working across an urban health economy, of which 113 were current smokers.
The authors said: “Smoking was more common among nurses who work in psychiatry and the emergency departments. Among the nurses who smoked, 45% desired to stop smoking and.
“The most common factors preventing smoking cessation included fear of withdrawal symptoms including stress, weight gain and anxiety.”
- Berkelmans A, et al. Registered Nurses’ smoking behaviours and their attitudes to personal cessation. Journal of Advanced Nursing (2011) 67: 1580-1590
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