Every day across America, registered nurses (RNs) risk their health for the sake of others. The very nature of their job leaves them regularly exposed to contagious diseases and injuries. RNs encounter these risks on a variety of job sites such as hospitals, nursing homes and ambulances. In particular, the emergency room can be a very dangerous place to work while trying to remain healthy.
Registered nurses are at a higher risk of musculoskeletal injuries than most people since they frequently move and lift patients. They spend significant amounts of time on their feet and are exposed to potentially hazardous diseases and materials. One never knows what danger may be waiting behind the next privacy curtain.
What hazards do RNs face on the job?
A study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018 finds that registered nurses experience some of the highest rates of injury and illness in the healthcare and social support sectors. Some of the dangers that they face include:
- Muscle and joint diseases
- Slips, trips and falls
- Contagious illnesses
- Accidental needle sticks
- Transport-related injuries
- Injuries caused by explosions or fires
Work-related injuries or illnesses may result in RNs taking a short-term or long-term leave of absence to recuperate.
Filing for workers’ compensation
Workers’ compensation is important for nurses during their recovery since it will most likely help cover their medical expenses and missed wages. Therefore, RNs need to make sure they report workplace injuries when they happen. That can make it easier to get their claims approved.
Filing for workers’ compensation while you are recovering can be a difficult and overwhelming task. If you find yourself in this position consider seeking assistance with the process.