Current Status of Exercise Habits and Job Satisfaction of Nurses in Japan

Takumi Iwaasa*, Motoki Mizuno, Yuki Mizuno

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Nurses’ duties have become more diversified and increasingly complex with Japan’s ultra-aging population and advancements in medical technology. Additionally, the long working hours, the enormous workload, the chronic shortage of human resources, and night shifts place a huge physical burden on nursing staff. These factors have contributed to a job turnover rate of around 11% for nurses in Japan. The rate has been around the same for the last decade. In a bid to retain highly skilled and talented employees for the long-term and to enable them to demonstrate and build on their skills, there is a need to improve job satisfaction. This study aimed to ascertain the exercise habits of nursing staff and determine how their exercise habits relate to their overall job satisfaction. Methods: A paper-based survey was conducted at a university hospital located in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The survey consisted of a face sheet and questions about respondents’ job satisfaction and exercise habits. Results: Of the total 659 respondents, 304 nurses responded that they had exercised more than once in the last year. There were 40 respondents who had exercised between 1 and 2 times in the last year, 62 respondents said between 6 and 11 times in the last year, and 16 respondents said more than twice a week, with only 5% of respondents saying that they had a regular exercise routine in place. When comparing the average job satisfaction score with exercise frequency, the group that exercised once a week had the highest job satisfaction score of 3.41(SD = 0.37). It was significantly higher than the job satisfaction score (3.19, SD = 0.41) for the group that did not exercise (p <.05).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume IV
Subtitle of host publicationOrganizational Design and Management ODAM, Professional Affairs, Forensic
EditorsSebastiano Bagnara, Thomas Alexander, Yushi Fujita, Riccardo Tartaglia, Sara Albolino
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319960791
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 2018 Aug 262018 Aug 30

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


Other20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018


  • Exercise habit
  • Japanese nurse
  • Job satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)


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