Nurses Are Constantly Facing Health Risks

1926 Words8 Pages
Nurses are constantly facing health risks every day they are at work. I feel as a student with goals set to become a nurse I should be fully aware of all the things that could potentially go wrong. I want to make sure I am knowledgeable about the nursing field, because I never would have thought injuries happen as often in the field of nursing today compared to decades ago when there was less machinery. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics (BLS) explains that surveys show 35,000 back injuries happen every year among nurses and are severe enough to prevent going to work (Zwerdling, par. 9). Zwerdling writes about a nurse getting injured on the job while lifting an overweight patient. She damaged a disk in her spine while lifting…show more content…
She later found out the popping noise she heard further damaged her spine (par. 2). Back injuries are the most common injuries among nurses. Nursing employees get their back injuries from the number one cause of lifting their patients. The article explains how lifting a patient is harmful no matter what way it is performed. These injuries prevent young nurses from continuing their career (Zwerdling par, 13). A nurse is susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries which can affect them physically and mentally. Musculoskeletal injuries are injuries affecting the body’s movement (Gropelli 297). An example is back injuries, happening in roughly 52% of nurses (Gropelli 297). Back injuries are one of the most important injuries to be careful of. Nurses are being restricted by injuries causing them to be pushed out of work. It affects them mentally, because they can easily become stressed out about not being able to work which leads to loss of money. Musculoskeletal injuries severely affect nurses and the hospitals. The hospital is affected, because they are losing their staff due to all of these injuries that could be prevented (Gropelli 301). Because of these injuries and risks, younger nurses must leave the field well before retirement, which will lead to a nursing shortage. The older nurses, which make up 51% of all nurses, are at a higher risk of injury due to lack of updated training and physical limitations. According to Patricia Finch
Open Document