Nurses face unique challenges and risks in their daily work. While they’re caring for patients, they’re putting themselves at risk of injury and harm.
Understanding the common injuries nurses may encounter is crucial for their well-being. This understanding can also help to ensure that they receive the appropriate workers’ compensation benefits they are entitled to in case of an injury. After all, one’s rights to benefits mean very little if an injured worker doesn’t understand when they’re entitled to exercise them.
Physical strain and musculoskeletal injuries
One of the most prevalent risks for nurses is musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries often result from the physical demands of the job, such as lifting and moving patients, which can lead to strains and sprains, particularly in the back, neck and shoulders. Repetitive tasks, like bending over beds or pushing heavy equipment, also contribute to these injuries. Over time, these activities can lead to chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders, which might require prolonged medical treatment and time off work.
Exposure to infectious diseases
Nurses are often exposed to various infectious diseases in their work environment. This risk extends to infectious diseases like tuberculosis, hepatitis and MRSA. Adequate protective equipment and strict adherence to safety protocols are crucial, yet the risk of exposure remains. Infections can lead to serious health issues and may require extended periods of medical care and an absence from work.
Slips, trips, and falls
Nurses who work in a fast-paced hospital environment understand that hazards like wet floors, cluttered hallways or uneven surfaces can lead to slips, trips and falls. Such incidents can result in a range of injuries, from minor bruises to more severe conditions like fractures or head injuries.
Awareness of these potential injuries can inspire nurses to seek timely medical care and workers’ compensation benefits. Nurses, like all workers, have the right to a safe working environment and the assurance that they will be supported if they are injured on the job.