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Nursing can be a dangerous profession

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

In Denver, Colorado, nursing is one of the most rewarding professions that there is. Unfortunately, being a nurse is also one of the most dangerous jobs. There are various reasons for that. When nurses are injured while on the job, they have cause to file for workers’ compensation benefits.

Long, strenuous hours

Nurses are required to work, long, strenuous hours due to their demanding jobs. This means there are fewer chances to rest and refresh. There is also a shortage of nurses, which means a lot of overtime is required. This can pose health risks and increase the need to file workers’ compensation claims.

Physically demanding work

A physically demanding profession, it requires nurses to constantly be on their feet during their long shifts. They also have to transport patients and do heavy lifting at times. As a result, it’s only natural that on-the-job injuries occur. Many nurses suffer from chronic back pain, which can force them to miss work.

Workplace hazards

Nurses are constantly exposed to hazards in the workplace. They work with ill patients who are highly contagious and often have to handle needles, which can lead to accidental pricking. The floors in hospitals and medical facilities can also become slick if substances spill, which can lead to slips and falls. Nurses might have to file for workers’ compensation if they suffer injuries from a fall.

There is also the requirement of working with medical devices that pose dangers like surgical smoke. Nurses can inhale the smoke and suffer illness. They can also become ill when frequently around radiation.

Repetitive motions

Repetitive motion injuries can occur when nurses perform their regular job duties. This can lead to problems like carpal tunnel syndrome and put nurses out when they file for workers’ comp.

Violent acts

More and more patients are exhibiting violence toward nurses. This can lead to serious injuries and more workers’ compensation claims.

These are a few of the reasons why nursing is a dangerous job. Workers’ compensation might be the only course of action for nurses who suffer injuries or illnesses while working.

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