According to a new report by the CDC, nurses and nursing assistants have the most dangerous and injury-prone jobs. The CDC report reveals that nurses and nursing assistants accounted for nearly 60% of all identified OSHA-recordable injuries from 2012 to 2014. These injuries are typically caused by a number of factors, including overweight/obese and acutely ill patients, high patient-to-nurse ratios, long shifts, and efforts to mobilize patients almost immediately after medical interventions. Between 2012 and 2014, 4,674 out of 10,680 injuries involved patient handling and movement. Workplace violence rates have also nearly doubled for nurses and nurse assistants. In order to mitigate injuries, the CDC advises using lifting equipment, proper training, and establishing a safety culture that emphasizes continuous improvement.
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