There are several hospitals and medical facilities across Vero Beach, Florida. Nurses make up a large part of the workforce in these institutions. Usually, we think about nurses as helping people to recover from their injuries and illnesses. It’s often forgotten that nurses can suffer injuries at work too.
What are some of the more common injuries that nurses can suffer on the job?
Slips, trips and falls
Hospitals are generally fast-paced environments, with emergency situations on the go all the time. Multiple doctors, nurses and other staff may be expected to attend to a patient urgently. People may be rushing to visit their loved one who has been in an accident.
There is also an emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene in medical facilities, meaning that floor areas could be wet at times. All of this creates the potential for slip-and-fall accidents which can cause severe injuries.
Unfortunately, not all patients are grateful for the treatment they receive and some may be in a compromised state mentally. This can result in patients acting out violently at times, with nurses taking the brunt of it. Luckily, most medical facilities have on-site security, but they are not always quick enough to react before an injury occurs.
As a nurse, it’s important to take care of yourself as well as other people. Your workplace should make every possible effort to make sure you are safe and secure. If you have been injured on the job, then you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Seeking legal guidance will help you decide what steps to take next.