Nurses have a risky job, as they have higher incidences of work-related injuries and illnesses. These result in missed days of work, medical costs and increased risk of future injuries.
There are certain injuries that are more common, and many of them are preventable.
Stats and facts related to nursing
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurses who work in hospital settings are at the greatest risk of receiving an injury on the job. Next are nurses who work in ambulatory healthcare services, followed by nursing and residential care facilities. Nurses who have worked more than five years on the job are at higher risk, and those between the ages of 45 and 54 received 27% of the nonfatal injuries.
Common injuries and strategies to prevent them
The Health Science Journal discusses that back injuries are extremely common due to the physical demands, such as moving and transitioning patients. Prevention strategies include using proper lifting techniques, using lift devices and calling for back-up when needed.
Illnesses are also common, as there is exposure to a variety of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. Prevention strategies include washing hands, cleaning frequently and taking steps to boost the immune system. Mental health can also take a toll because of the long hours and stress involved with the job. Getting enough sleep and limiting the number of hours worked can reduce this risk.
Another common occurrence is verbal and physical abuse from patients. Ways to prevent this include having adequate security, receiving de-escalation tactics training and establishing standards for nurse protection.
Contact the workers’ compensation specialists to discuss work-related injuries. Contact them online or call them at 610-601-5399.