Knowledge of and priority given to ergonomics and the use of computer technology by nurses

Janet Sawyer, Joy Penman

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Nurses have had to grapple with the increasing use of technology, including the use of computers, within their profession. This research investigates whether the ergonomic principles relevant to computer use are known and applied by Nurses as they carry out their everyday activities. Registered nurses working in various health care facilities were surveyed to determine their level of awareness and knowledge of ergonomics and the priority nurses and the health organisations give to safe computer use. The majority had not received training in this area from their organisation or from an educational institution. They were generally aware of good sitting posture but not of the appropriate layout and positioning of computer equipment. There was also a good understanding of the role of rest breaks. Many respondents did not know whether their organisation had a written policy relating to ergonomics and computer use. The findings indicate that greater education and management commitment is required to develop healthy computing work habits amongst nurses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication42nd Annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Conference 2006, HFESA 2006
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventHuman Factors and Ergonomics Conference (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia) 2006 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 20 Nov 200622 Nov 2006
Conference number: 42nd


ConferenceHuman Factors and Ergonomics Conference (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia) 2006
Abbreviated titleHFESA 2006


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

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