New nurses more prone to injuries

The long hours and relatively unfamiliar work environments for new nurses places them at greater risk of injury, according to a new study by the RN Work Project. Newer nurses are more likely to work 12-hour shifts, night shifts and weekend overtime. As a result, they are more likely to be subject to needle sticks, muscle pulls and strains. "New nurses experience many stressors, both physical and psychological, in their new professional roles," said principal investigator Chrstine Kovner, Ph.D., R.N. "Interventions that reduce those stressors not only increase nurses' safety, but also improve quality of care." Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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