Nurses Face Injuries and Danger at Work
Nurses often face grueling physical conditions at work, such as 12 hour shifts and lifting of heavy patients. Injuries are common.
Sometimes the injuries are inflicted by others. Nurses sometimes must fend off physical attacks while working, and although rare, such injuries are sometimes fatal, according to Attacks on nurses rare, but profession faces risks.
In November of 2013 there was a Nurse killed in stabbing rampage at Texas medical center. Nurse Gail Sandidge died at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas, when a 22 year old man attacked her. She was protecting her patients. Her boss described her in this article: “She was protecting her patients in an act of courage today, and in so doing, she lost her life.” He also said Sandidge had worked with the hospital for close to 20 years and described her as “a huge Baylor fan, a mother, a grandmother, a healer, a trainer, a mentor, a nurturer.
Eight registered nurses were killed at work from 2003 through 2009, four from gunshot wounds, according to 2011 data from the federal National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Nurses often face assaults. There were 2,050 assaults in 2009, and nurses missed an average of four days from work, according to OSHA.
Workplace injuries also cause missed work for nurses. Recent research on nurse absenteeism shows that “the prevalence of reported neck, shoulder, and back musculoskeletal-disorder cases among [RNs] was 20%, 17%, and 29%, respectively.”18 Another study found that 39% of nurses had had low back pain at least once within the last year.”
Have you or a loved on been injured at your workplace in a medical setting? Such an injury may mean compensation is available under worker’s compensation laws. Nate Hansford can help you understand if you have a case. Contact Nate by phone at 770-922-3660.