A recent survey of 1000 New Jersey nurses found that more than 25% had a work-related injury within the last five years. 62% were exposed to hard to kill “bugs” like MRSA, 52% had back and other injuries from lifting patients, 33% experienced violence in their hospital or nursing home, 32% suffered needlestick or other exposure to blood-borne pathogens and finally, 15% were exposed to toxic chemicals. Fully 56% of the nurses who responded to the survey have considered leaving nursing because of such hazards. With such a critical nursing shortage, everyone must make certain corrective action is taken to insure nurses have a safe workplace. Our nurses deserve better.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care.