Monday, November 23, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Newly Licensed Nurses at Risk of Occupational Injury

Nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations in America. Many people are drawn to a nursing career because of the endless personal and professional rewards it provides. Recent nursing school graduates also enjoy some of the highest starting salaries among their peers in other industries. But as a newly published study points out, they are also at a higher risk of suffering a work-related injury, particularly if they work in a hospital setting. Researchers analyzed data collected from a survey of 1,744 hospital nurses who had passed their state licensure exam six to 18 months earlier. Study findings showed that this group was the most likely to work schedules associated with higher rates of occupational injury, including overtime and night shifts. According to the survey, 79% of new nurses regularly worked 12-hour shifts; 44% worked nights; and 61% worked overtime (either mandatory or voluntary). The two most common injuries suffered by nurses working overtime and night shifts wer

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