Nurse Retention: Culture of Safety Needed for Nurses Too

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 30th, 2014

We read a lot about the culture of safety for patients, and it should also apply to nurses and other healthcare workers in order to increase nurse retention and retention of all healthcare workers. This group has consistently been ranked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as having among the highest rates of workplace injury. Nurses are faced with many occupational hazards and health risks, including musculoskeletal injuries, needle sticks and radiation exposure.

warning signNew national standards for safe patient handling and mobility are an important tool for helping nurses and patients, said ANA’s Adam Sachs. “We can’t afford to lose nurses to preventable injuries at a time when more people are able to access healthcare services,” Sachs said.

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One response to “Nurse Retention: Culture of Safety Needed for Nurses Too”

  1. Robert Scroggins says:

    As a nurse for many years, I have seen the neglect and in some cases, outright abuse of nurses that all too often refuse to stand up for themselves. I spent 20+ years in the operating room and injuries there were considered just part of the job.
    OR nurses are required to stand in un-natural postures for hours on end, Lift dead weight anesthetized patients and position them for the surgery, and provide for a safe environment for the patient. In addition to all of this, too many times we are verbally abused (and sometimes physically) by arrogsnt, self important surgeons who care nothing about the very staff that makes their job possible. Niw add the exposures that OR nurses incur. Nurses are exposed to a variety of chemicals, radiation, laser energy, RF energy, Surgical smoke and of course an array of body fluids. Many hospitals refuse to even acknowledge many of these hazards and ignore staff when they bring it up. The culture of money ofer people is to blame. I hear it constantly, We aren’t buying that safety equipment because it costs too much. In the case of surgical smoke, the hazards are more dangerous then tobacco smoke and like tobacco smoke, the effects are cumulative. Causing heart disease, stroke, cancer and other diseases.
    Falls are a big issue in operating rooms, cords and tubes stretch across the floors creating tripping hazards. I have seen many serious injuries from this.
    I was able to put in place a comprehensive safety program and supplied nurses and other personnel the necessary equipment and training, and still, many refuse to use it out of apathy. Nurses have to look out for themselves because no one else will.

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