Nursing

Failing to protect nurses’ backs will cost hospitals money

Nurse Leader Insider, July 9, 2015

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A good news follow-up on my February post that focused on nurses' on-the-job injuries.

In a news release on healthcare inspections last week, OSHA put hospitals and nursing homes on notice. Inspectors will add new enforcement on some key hazards for healthcare workers, including musculoskeletal disorders, bloodborne pathogens, workplace violence, tuberculosis and slips, trips, and falls. Hospitals will be penalized for gaps in training, use of assistive devices, and low quality treatment for staff who move patients.

Evidently, OSHA was inspired by the NPR Injured Nurses articles to go beyond offering online education and issuing warnings. Now OSHA is threatening real penalties.

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