Well, you asked what we thought. So I told you and of course it's my opinion. It's no skin off my nose if you want to call anything exercise at all. I do not think it counts as a workout
if you want to call it a workout, go right ahead! But like I said, the evidence of it not being a good workout is all around you in your colleagues.
And based on what you say (I will not be going to the gym if I work that day), it would seem that we agree.
"For nurses working 3 12's there is no need to even hit the gym on workdays. I rarely did if I worked a 12 hour day, but yes, on those 4 other days..."
Here are some other opinions.
Does Lots of Walking at Work Count as Cardio Exercise? - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com
(though I will freely admit, that YAHOO is not exactly a scientific source.)
You have every right to call whatever you want exercise and make choices based on this. As for me, I'll continue to work out at home and at the gym, where I can reliably get a great strength and cardio workout.