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Workplace Hazards Faced by Nurses

If you are among the many men and women across Iowa currently making a living as a nurse, you face specific job-related hazards that differ from those faced by workers in many other industries. At the Law Offices of Gallner & Patterson, P.C., we have a firm understanding of the types of injuries and illnesses many people in your profession experience, and we have helped many nurses hurt on the job seek appropriate recourse.

Per the National Center for Biotechnology Information, one of the most widespread health problems faced by today's nurses involves job-related pain. While on-the-job pains, and particularly those affecting the musculoskeletal system, can arise from many different areas, nurses often experience aches and pains relating to lifting heavy loads, moving patients around the hospital, and so on.

As a nurse, you also face job-specific hazards relating to chemical and communicable disease exposure. You risk developing health problems related to chemicals used for cleaning, disinfecting and chemotherapy treatments, for example, and you also run the risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens due to your role as a nurse. Drawing blood, suturing wounds and administering shots are just a few of the ways you may suffer on-the-job exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

As a nurse, you also face problems relating to physical violence, and your odds of experiencing this type of violence on the job increase if you work in an emergency room. According to one study, more than one in every 10 nurses experiences physical violence in the workplace at some point. Furthermore, you also face high stress levels as a nurse, and this, coupled with long work hours, can cause excessive fatigue. More about work-related injuries and illnesses is available on our web page.