California nurses face a variety of challenges in their profession. Not only do they work tirelessly for long hours and perform hard work, but they can also suffer injuries on the job. While many people view nursing as a rewarding profession, it can also be extremely hazardous. Certain injuries are very common among nurses.
Bodily injuries and overexertion
Bodily injuries can occur to nurses due to their hard work. They are often on their feet many hours per day, so it’s only natural that this can happen. Overexertion, in particular, is common, due to repetitive motions, lifting, bending, twisting and other movements. When a nurse experiences this on-the-job injury, they can file for workers’ compensation if it prevents them from performing their regular duties.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls can easily happen to nurses while they are rushing from one place to another at work. Unfortunately, these accidents are also very preventable. When there are hazards that cause a nurse to fall, it’s often due to spills or wet conditions from the weather. Bodily fluids can also spill. Nurses need good shoes with traction to help prevent a fall.
Accidental needle pricks or injuries from equipment
A nurse may have to file a workers’ compensation claim if they accidentally get pricked by a needle. There can be serious risks of various infections if this occurs. Injuries from equipment can also occur. Sometimes, needle pricks can be avoided by adequate training on how to properly handle needles. However, an injury from equipment can happen to anyone.
While it doesn’t happen often, violence can lead to injuries to nurses while they’re working. A patient can suddenly become violent. A criminal may enter the facility and attack a nurse. Sometimes, there may even be a case of violence involving a nurse and another employee. Although this is rare, it accounts for around 12% of injuries nurses suffer at work.