A recent survey by the American Nurses Association looked at the physical toll that being a nurse can impose on a person. Some of the more alarming things it found were that 80% of nurses say therey continue to work frequently even though they had neck, back or shoulder pain caused on the job and that 74% of respondents are concerened with the acute or chronic effects of stess and overwork and 62% were concerened with disabling muscoskeletal injury.
Of course the effects that fatigue can have on patient care are well documented, but it is still a challenge for many hospitals to find ways to reduce it for their staff.
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