Physical activity: is it time for emergency department nurses to step up?
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Physical activity: is it time for emergency department nurses to step up?

Martin Duignan Registered advanced nurse practitioner, emergency department, Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan, Ireland
Olivia Duignan Staff nurse, surgical 1, Cavan General Hospital, County Cavan, Ireland

Physical inactivity seems to be reaching pandemic proportions. People are becoming more obese and less physically active at an alarming rate, and physical inactivity is a significant societal and personal burden in terms of economic and health costs. Nurses are ideally placed to motivate patients and promote physical activity. This article examines the benefits of physical activity, and explores emergency nurses’ role in promoting regular exercise. It also outlines physical activity recommendations and suggests a starting point for promoting healthy exercise to patients who attend emergency departments.

Emergency Nurse. 24, 10, 23-27. doi: 10.7748/en.2017.e1640

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 22 August 2016

Accepted: 03 January 2017

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