Nursing students across the state of Rhode Island and the entire country are drawn to the profession for a number of different reasons, one being that nursing gives workers one-on-one access to patients. Unfortunately, however, that level of contact also exposes nurses to a number of serious health and safety risks. Increasing attention to back injury rates among nurses in the US is prompting some to call for reform and improved working conditions for medical personnel.
According to NPR, nursing orderlies and assistants sustain a significantly higher number of back injuries than construction workers every year. Workers in the two specific fields of nursing may account for the largest number of musculoskeletal injuries in the industry, but nursing employees in general sustain around 35,000 significant injuries every year from lifting patients and performing other job-related duties.