Realistic Training Can Decrease Nurse Injuries

Back injuries can be, well, a pain – and a financial drain.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is the profession most at-risk for back injuries.  Disabling pain and back injuries affect almost 40% of nursing staff.  But despite the high incidence of injury, there is no standardized method for teaching nurses to manually move patients.
A new study published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing examined four different training protocols and found that contextual training, or realistic training based on actual scenarios nurses encounter in a typical work day, is the most effective in decreasing on-the-job injuries.  While the study size was small (just 16 nurses), the results of the study are an important step forward in decreasing injury.


Like us on Facebook and join the Scrubs Family