Don't Curse the Nurse!

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on May 8, 2014

ImageI’ve been tired lately. I think I have to accept that my job is more physical in nature than I am willing to admit

But then just recently I was on LinkedIn and noticed an article posted by the Washington Times. It references an interesting fact about us nurses and hippos. It’s not me. I’m not out of shape! Here’s the blurb below and the link to the article.

An aggressive safety initiative in place at the Beckley Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center is considering patients but also the toll taking care of them can take on a nurse physically. For instance, nurses lift an average of 1.8 tons every shift.

“That equates to a hippo a day,” states Diana Smith, Restorative Nurse Coordinator and Safe Patient Handling Coordinator and a nurse since 1985, who is no stranger to her share of physical injury, a common collateral to her profession.

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So, smile when you encounter that gravitationally challenged patient and remember…we have all said more than once that we felt like we worked in a zoo.



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