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Injury risks associated with nursing

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Nurses are often underappreciated but the truth is that they play a leading role in helping people to get better. This can be very rewarding but nurses also face a host of challenges every day.

Not only is the profession stressful at times, but there are also numerous sources of potential physical injuries. Outlined below are some of the more common injury risks associated with nursing.

Overexertion injuries

It can be amazing to observe the amount of work the average nurse does each day. To the onlooker, it almost seems impossible. However, the reality is that nurses are only human, and their bodies can only take so much. Overexertion injuries are common in the medical profession. These injuries come in various forms but they often impact the neck, back, knees and other joints. It’s possible that a nurse may have to take several months off to recover after suffering such an injury.

Violent incidents

Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same gratitude toward nurses and medical professionals. Nobody wants to end up visiting the hospital but some people literally can’t stand to be there and will physically try to get away or protest treatment. In such a tense scenario, nurses may come under fire. Attacks in hospitals have been on the increase in recent years and nurses commonly take the brunt of them.

As a nurse, it’s important that you are taken care of too. If you’ve suffered an injury at work, then you can take away some of the financial strain by obtaining compensation. Seeking legal guidance on the matter will help you to come up with a strategy.