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CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN NURSING: WORK PLACE HAZARDS


Seminar topic for Nursing Science department

INTRODUCTION

1.0 BRIEF INFORMATION

Workplace hazard is defined as a situation that has the potential to harm life, health or Equipment at work.

Nurses face a number of workplace hazards each day while just doing their jobs. Nurses continue to report high levels of job-related injury and illness. Working environment, responsibilities, and duties of nurses put them in the frontline of numerous occupational hazards (Madani, 2014).

Nurses work hard enough, long enough, and in conditions that are strikingly different from other industries. We spend our hours insulated from the outside world, wearing multiple hats, building relationships of trust, applying critical thinking skills, and alleviating the pain and suffering of others. But there’s one more aspect of our job that doesn’t leave a warm and fuzzy feeling: being exposed to hazardous materials. What are these short-term interactions doing to our long-term health?

Nurses confront potential exposure to infectious diseases, toxic substances, back injuries, and radiation. They also are subject to hazards such as stress, shift work, and violence in the workplace. These typically fall under the broad categories of chemical, biological, physical, and psychosocial hazards.


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