Welcome to Nurse Talk where laughter is the best medicine. I’m Casey Hobbs
and I’m Shayne Mason – and we are two of the thousands of nurses on duty today.
Casey: “Oh lord, I don’t know why we had to share that with you but for some reason we felt compelled to play a clip of President Lyndon Johnson ordering pants. He could have used the talents of Nixon’s secretary Rose Mary Woods…erase-erase-erase…my…what a bit of history.”
We’ve touched on this issue before but it’s worth talking about again.
The statistics regarding back injuries are frightening! Approximately 80% of adults are expected to experience back injuries in their lifetime with 10% re-injuring! When it comes to health care professionals, the facts get are even worse.
According to national statistics, six of the top 10 professions at greatest risk for back injury are nurse’s aides, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, health aides, radiology technicians, and physical therapists. Healthcare industry workers sustain 4.5 times more overexertion injuries than any other type of worker.
Well, registered nurses from hospitals in Kansas City and St. Louis, members of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), with the help of their state legislators, recently introduced HB 856 – the Safe Lift Bill. Sounds like a no brainer right? Listen and find out how challenging it was to get this bill introduced. Read more…