An occupational health nurse at a local hospital has seen a number of staff nurses recently who have complained of back pain and musculoskeletal symptoms after providing patient care. Which of the following describes a nursing job or function that would contribute to an injury for the healthcare worker? Select all that apply.


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- Lifting loads heavier than 15 pounds

- Working with a combative patient

- Caring for an immobile patient

- Lifting an item far from the body

- Moving a patient over a far distance


Musculoskeletal injuries are more likely to occur in the nursing profession, particularly because of improper lifting techniques and poor body mechanics. The risks are greater when the nurse must lift heavier weights, is working with an agitated and unpredictable patient, and when moving patients over great distances.

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