As the wave of changes shifts our healthcare system from diagnosis and treatment to prevention and wellness, clinicians and nurses play a key role in shaping the healthcare environment and the patient experience. Yet this group is highly susceptible and vulnerable to work place injuries. While we look to advance our healthcare model, experience and environment overall, we need not only think of the patient but also the professional caregiver.
Statistics from the American Nurses Association actually shows registered nurses (RNs) ranked fifth of all occupations in the number of work days missed due to occupational injuries and illnesses. In a recent survey titled the 2013 State of Clinician & Nurses Report, undertaken by Nurture by Steelcase, 35% of clinicians and nurses report being injured at least once on the job while 24% had to modify activity or movement during at least one shift. Significant shifts are adding complexity to the healthcare system, as new challenges interface with new opportunities. Nurse to patient ratios, the expectation to provide “guidance and leadership”, the integration of technology, diversity and specialization and expanding responsibilities are all at play.