Nurses Coping with Lifting Patients

Nursing is a job that can be hard on the body and the jointsRepositioning and transferring patients while working in awkward postures can particularly affect the knees and back of nurses and other healthcare workers. The problem of musculoskeletal disorders in nursing caused by heavy lifting has been compounded by the increasing weight of patients due to the obesity epidemic. According to the Department of Labor, all nursing staff should receive an explanation of proper lifting procedures for patients, which will increase safety and comfort for both nurse and patient.