Nursing is a tough job. Spending hours on foot and walking upwards of five to ten miles per shift is just the beginning of what nurses regularly experience. A new independent study highlights many of the day-to-day difficulties these professionals face – with medical equipment, clinical workflow, electronic medical records, physical strain or injury – and how these factors impact the delivery of quality patient care. Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare reports:

Of note, 60% of nurses worry that their job is negatively impacting their overall health, and one in ten nurses were injured on the job in the past year. Nurse injuries have been well documented, but what is often not addressed is how their injuries and physical discomfort directly affects patient care.

Findings show that, when in physical discomfort, nurses are less friendly or engaging with their patients (22%); have to modify or limit their activity/movement on the job (22%); are distracted (17%); and need more assistance from other staff (14%).

An additional finding showed 28% expressed they would like to re-design the physical space within patient rooms and on floors. Notably, 28% would also instate a dedicated ergonomics team to help ensure the environment is supportive of the staff.

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