Pennsylvania Nurses dedicate their lives to helping patients. With any job, workplace injuries are a hazard. With nursing, however, you are not only dealing with ill patients and other people throughout the day, but it is a highly physical job where you are always on your feet.
Nurses are on the move attending to patient’s needs throughout their shifts. In addition, nurses often have to lift, move and shift their patients. It is not any surprise that the most common injury stems from overexertion. In fact, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 45.6 percent of all nursing related injuries are due to overexertion. Nurses have a physical job, complete with bending, twisting and using repetitive motions.
Overexertion injuries may involve torn, sprained or overused muscles, joints and ligaments. The pain from these injuries can come on acutely after a long day or particularly difficult lift. It can also lead to worker’s fatigue that may conflict with a nurse’s ability to function on the job.
The second most common injury stems from slips and falls. Slips and falls in the medical industry may be due to spills or other hazards. There is a long list of slip and fall injuries, all of which range in severity. A slip and fall may result in bruising and soreness or it can result in a concussion or broken bones.
Unfortunately, violence related injuries are more common in nursing than other occupations. While the statistic is still low at 12.7 cases per 10,000 workers, it is above the average for all workers, which are 3.8 cases per 10,000 workers.
None of the above is intended to be legal advice. It is for educational purposes only.