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Reduce Back Injuries in Nursing

ReduceBack Injuries in Nursing


The increased number of the activities in the hospital settingreveals how the nurses are supposed to be careful with the activitiesthey undertake to avoid back injuries. Handling heavier objects andmoving the patients are just some of the activities that are morelikely to cause the lower back injuries.

Developmentof the Problem

The problem will begin with some nurses complaining of the pain. Attimes, they might report injuries if they have to engage in sometiring activities. It might force them to seek health management ofthe musculoskeletal disorder. Some might even change theirprofessions because of the intense pain and inability to workefficiently. The hospital might experience absenteeism but, the lowawareness will make the scenario worse since some of the nurses willlack enough knowledge on how to handle such scenarios.


The scenario will lead to the main research question that insists:“For nurses who provide direct patient-care (P), will utilizingsafety-procedures with mechanical-devices (I), in comparison tomanual labor (C), lead to reduction in lost work time, compensationcosts and overall incidences of back injuries in nurses (O)?”

Significanceof the Problem

In 2011, the US hospitals reported around 16,680 cases where thenurses were absent because of the back injuries. The American NursesAssociation also illustrate that around 38% of the nurses mightexperience the problem and it is advisable that they seek theprofessional help required.


Before settling on the particular problem, various options wereevaluated and the literature scrutinized to determine a better one.In the process, this particular clinical problem was picked, and thesearch for the solution began. The creation of the PICO question alsohelped in getting search terms used to filter the results and remainwith the credible studies to help with the paper.

Purposeof the Review

The review aims at looking at the literature and identifies theproper way in which to handle the problem and determine theprocedures that should be used in handling the nurses. For instance,it will seek various ways that will minimize the high number of backpain and the MSDs too. In fact, the entire process is one way ofenhancing their lives since they will be free from any back pain.They will be fully engaged in their work, and the awareness will alsoreduce the absenteeism cases. The identification of the solution willalso help in curbing the rate of problems experienced. Besides that,the recommendation assisted in curbing the issue while thedissemination of the finding ends up being more productive too.


The study was conducted in different hospital settings in variousnations to get a better comparison. In this case, the locations wereNorth Carolina, California, Israeli, Iran, and Germany. The analysisof the methods used, the results, as well as the conclusions,justified how effective the approach was. The study also showed thespecific approach that is used in helping the patients experiencingthe back injuries.

TheChange Suggested

The nurses will be free from the back pain if they undertake simpletasks and maintain proper postures while working (D’Arcy et al.,2012). In the process, they will help in minimizing the cases of backpain and MSDs that were reported earlier. They will also have lesshealth care costs to deal with, and that will make sure that they arearound to help the patients that might have other problems.


In conclusion, the review of the multiple studies focuses onminimizing the lower back injuries that the nurses might experiencein the course of their work. For instance, the wrong postures,handling heavier materials and moving patients are just some of theactivities that might even result in the MSDs. Hence, educating thenurses is one way in which they will understand the activities thatplace them at risk, and they will focus on reducing the likelihood ofincreasing the back pain instead.


D’Arcy, L. P., Sasai, Y., &amp Stearns, S. C. (2012). Do assistivedevices, training, and workload affect injury incidence? Preventionefforts by nursing homes and back injuries among nursing assistants.Journal of advanced nursing, 68(4), 836-845.