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Health promoting behaviors of African-American registered nurses.

The purposes of this study were: (1) to describe the health promoting behaviors of African-American nurses, (2) to add to the health promotion data base for African-American women, and (3) to pilot test a self-administered questionnaire developed by the investigators for use in a larger study of the health-promoting behaviors of middle class African-American women. The sample consisted of 49 African-American registered nurses recruited from members of a nursing sorority. Selected criteria for the subjects were female, college graduate, and a middle class standard of living. A self-administered questionnaire was used to assess the likelihood of engaging in health-promoting behaviors. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the findings in terms of frequency and percentage distribution. The results indicated that the African-American nurses had high percentages of adherence to the following health-promoting behaviors: minimal alcohol consumption, avoidance of smoking, cholesterol screening, assessment of blood sugar levels, monthly breast self-examination, pap smears, mammogram screening and regular measurement of blood pressure. Lower percentages of adherence were reported for two health-promoting behaviors: diet and exercise. Results of this study support the need for the incorporation of diet and exercise into all health promotion intervention programs for African-American women. Implications include additional research to validate the findings of this study.[1]


  1. Health promoting behaviors of African-American registered nurses. Guidry, M.L., Wilson, A.M. The ABNF journal : official journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc. (1999) [Pubmed]
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