Ergonomics and computer use: A pilot study to increase the awareness of rural nursing professionals

Janet Sawyer, Joy Penman

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Nowadays, regardless of specialisation, nurses use computers in their daily work. This paper outlines the details of a pilot educational program conducted as an intervention strategy to increase the knowledge of and priority given to ergonomics and computer use by nurses working within the regional city of Whyalla. The findings of previous research by the authors indicated that most nurses had never received training in ergonomics and had never read documents containing material related to ergonomics and the use of computers. They believed insufficient priority was given to this area within their organisation and that there were gaps in their knowledge. They would welcome information sessions. Here was an opportunity for a regional university campus to provide educational materials and information on ergonomics to meet their needs. In response, registered nurses currently practising in various capacities at different health care facilities were invited to participate in a workshop as a strategic approach to increasing the awareness of nurses and the commitment of management. This paper reports on the program that was delivered to a group of seven nurses and the evaluation of the workshop, highlighting its impact on the professional and personal growth of the participants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication44th Annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Conference 2008, HFESA 2008
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventHuman Factors and Ergonomics Conference (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia) 2008 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 17 Nov 200819 Nov 2008
Conference number: 44th


ConferenceHuman Factors and Ergonomics Conference (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia) 2008
Abbreviated titleHFESA 2008


  • Computer technology
  • Ergonomics
  • Nursing practice
  • Occupational health and safety

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