The publication date for this article was 2004. The article is stating
that the average age of working registered nurses is 43.3 years old, by 2010 the average age of nurses will be 50. I do think this premise is still valid. The nursing profession has been gradually getting older because schools are not turning out as many nurses as they were before and with the growing number of patients that keep coming to hospitals the number of new nurses does not meet the demand, so nurses are staying on longer.
The "back school curriculum" relates to show which muscles are affected when you lift and the proper mechanics of how to lift to not injure yourself. It shows with muscles are being used and how to appropriately bend and lift to not cause injury. This is directly related to what we are learning in class and which muscles are being used and where they are in the body.
The benefits of low back injury prevention are that there is no missed work for nurses due to low back injuries, there is no financial loss to both nurses and hospitals to treat low back injury and no chance of re-aggravating an old injury through repetitive motion. The cons of injuries are lost work due to being injured, financial losses for the hospital to have to pay an extra person to work when someone gets hurt, the nurse will have financial hardship to pay for the treatment of their lower back injury. The chance of hurting themselves more if they come back to work before the injury is healed and then must miss more work.
Overall fitness plays a big role in nursing. The healthier someone is the better they can perform the tasks needed to do their job. It gives them stamina to be on their feet all day, it allows them to be more able to assist their patients and to treat them accordingly. Some of the physical demands listed in the article are transferring and re-positioning patients.
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