The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced the release of the report “Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away from Work, 2010.”
The incident rate for health care support workers increased 6%, to almost 2 ½ times the rate for all other occupations. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 29% of all workplace injuries and illnesses requiring time away from work. Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants had the highest incident rate of all MSDs for all occupations. Registered nurses had the fifth highest incident rate of MSDs.
To learn more about what ANA is doing to protect the health and safety of nurses, visit the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health’s website.