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What common risks are nurses exposed to?

Nurses are often at the front lines of providing care. However, while they are treating patients, nurses expose themselves to hazards every day.

Here are some of the most common causes of injury in the nursing profession.

Overexertion

Nurses work a physical job. Additionally, nurses may work long shifts. Thus, one of the most common causes of injury for nurses is overexertion.

These injuries could come as a result of repetitive motions, but more commonly, they are the result of a one-time movement, such as moving a bed-ridden patient.

Slips and falls

Because nurses spend so much time on their feet, moving between patients, they are at risk for slips and falls. While nursing certainly isn’t the only profession that is at risk for these kinds of injuries, about a quarter of all nurse injuries resulted from slips, trips and falls.

Harmful objects and substances

One aspect of a nurse’s job is contact with dangerous objects and substances. From bodily fluids to hypodermic needles, there are no shortages of hazards that a nurse must navigate over the course of their day.

Violence

Unfortunately, violence accounts for a number of nurse injuries every year. In most cases, violence is the result of an unruly patient.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 9% of all injuries came as a result of violence. However, this number may be higher, as many physical assaults go unreported.

What to do after an injury

As with any profession, all workplace injuries should be reported immediately. Though nurses are health professionals themselves, they should still seek medical attention for any injuries they suffer on the job.

If you’ve suffered an injury, you may also consider talking to an experienced worker’s compensation attorney to ensure that you receive the compensation that you’re entitled to.

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