01 August 2017 In Blog style

Nursing and other patient care occupations are among the most difficult career paths. Not only are nurses called upon to provide a high standard of patient care insofar as treatments and medications are concerned, but they often face demanding physical requirements too. Nurses, nursing assistants and orderlies are commonly called upon to lift, support and maneuver patients regularly – even more so as the population ages and many patients live well into their eighties and nineties. And with over two-thirds of the adult population in the U.S. classified as overweight, these physical requirements are more extreme than ever before.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that the nursing shortage will reach 1.2 million positions between 2014 and 2022 – despite the growing popularity of nursing as a profession. And according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 500,000 nurses are expected to retire or leave the workforce in the next five years. This confluence of factors will make nursing caseloads and physical demands even greater, further increasing the risk of work-related injuries. When injuries do occur, they are often severe and long-lasting, frequently requiring risky back surgeries and long periods of recuperation. Unless these professional have access to mechanical devices to assist them, it may not be feasible for them to return to work performing the same functions.

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