Canan Birimoğlu is an Research Assistant at Gazi University, Department of Public Health Nursing. She has almost finish her PhD. She is interested in gerontological and geriatric nursing, health promotion, school health and nursing research. Her thesis about Tai Chi Chuan excersize with elderly people.
This research was conducted in order to determine exercise behaviors and sleep quality of nursing students. The universe of the research which has been conducted as descriptive consisted of nursing students of a university (N=800). Sample group was not selected, 604 students who accepted to attend the research included in the study. Data was collected via a questionnaire and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. Data was analysed by numbers, percentage, mean, standard deviation, t test and one way ANOVA. Mean age of the students was 20,33±1,7 and 67,3% of them had opportunity to exercise, 31,6% of them exercised regularly and 43,0 % of who do not exercise stated lack of time as reason for not exercising. Mean score for Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) of all students was 9,91±2,92. Among female students, who were in the first grade, who do not have opportunity to exercise and who do not regularly exercise have higher scores for PSQI. Features like socio-demographic features including age and marital status, disease preventing exercise, frequency of exercise, feature of exercise behaviour like daily average time of exercise did not affect sleep quality (p>0,05). It was determined that sleep quality of the student was bad, and although having opportunity to exercise one of three students exercise. To prevent the problems which can be originated from poor sleep quality and not exercising, it advised to make interventions for the student to obtain positive health behaviours and to continue those behaviours during their nursing training period.
Thitaporn Keinwong has completed her Master’s degree in Health Promotion from Srinakarintharawirot University, Thailand and curently pursuing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is working as a nursing Lecturer at Suandusit Univrsity, Thailand.
Older adults exhibit a learning style that is different to other age groups. Facilitating supportive learning experiences for older adults with chronic illness is a key element of health education. Health care providers play a crucial role in health education of older adults with chronic illness.This study explored HCPs’ perceptions about their practices, and policies regarding health education for Thai older adults with hypertension. Five medical practitioners and 8 registered nurses from 5 community primary care units, within Thailand were interviewed. The interviews were conducted using semi-structured questions based on World Health Organisation’s health promotion framework (2012) and best practice recommendations for the education of older adults. The data were analysed using the 5 steps of the Morse and Field’s (1995) process of content analysis. Currently data analysis is underway to reveal the factors that influence health education of Thai older adults with hypertension. Preliminary analysis suggests that the medical practitioners and nurses conduct health education differently. Nurses are more likely to adapt their practices to suit the older adult’s capabilities while the medical practitioners follow recommended general guidelines for education of adults with hypertension. Understanding the factors that influence the health education of Thai older adults with hypertension will lead to better provision of health promotion for older adults.