Noise Exposure and Quality of Life Among Nurses

M. C. McCullagh, J. Xu, V. Vaughan Dickson, Alai Tan, S. L. Lusk

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Background: The purpose of this study was to describe the relationship between noise exposure, selected health conditions, and well-being among nurses. Methods: A secondary analysis was performed on data obtained from 3,818 U.S. nurses who responded to a survey regarding noise exposure, health conditions, stress, professional quality of life, and workplace support. Findings: Those who reported high noise exposure reported more health conditions, higher stress and burnout scores, and lower supportive environments. High noise exposure was significantly associated with lower professional quality of life. Conclusion/Application to Practice: Noise may impact the health and quality of professional life of nurses. Occupational health nurses should advocate for the regular monitoring of nurses’ exposure to hazardous noise at work, compare it to OSHA permissible levels, and collaborate with the occupational health team to ensure safe noise levels are maintained. Occupational health nurses should advocate for expanded research on effects of noise on health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-219
Number of pages13
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • Nurses Million Hearts study
  • burnout
  • noise
  • nurses
  • quality of life
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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