Big arms they say ... Hey, I'm a nurse.

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    We do some heavy lifting as nurses. What's the policy at your workplace regarding 'heavy lifting'? I know you have some stories to share. Please share them with us...



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    She should have had a dinosaur back too.
    Those arms are nothing without the back.
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    Sometimes I feel like my uterus has fallen into my knee high support hose...especially when I'm helping transfer a sweet LOL who decides to pick her feet up off of the floor and dangle. I believe they can will themselves to go from 80 LBS to 200LBS.
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    Love when that 260 lb. man says, "Honey, pull me up in bed a little bit," and then lies there like a dead weight and you're the only one in the room.

    Our policy? Well, as an acute dialysis nurse, my perspective is a little different because we are not supposed to ever help lift any patient when we are working bedside in the hospital. However, if I see a tiny, 110 lb. aide trying to slide an adult patient up in bed, of course I will probably jump in and help sometimes. After being a floor nurse for years, it's just second nature, but only if they are not extremely big or heavy and there is something under them to slide them up with.
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    What's sad is there is so much equipment available to create a "no lift" environment, but most hospitals won't spend the money for it. It appears it will take an Act of Congress for this to happen, like the safe needle law, and since they can't even get along to pass a budget I won't hold my breath on it! Apparently it is cheaper to pay workers comp bills and just replace injured nurses than purchase the necessary equipment to protect staff! Our employee health RN just wrings her hands about the injured and suggests they use the cheap plastic "garbage bag" as if turning the patient back and forth to put it on and take it off isn't going to cause an injury itself! Funny employee health tells staff if they have HIV or other immunocompromised condition they can ask for accommodation for a safer job, but this isn't offered for people with back/neck problems. Honestly, I wouldn't trust them regardless and think you would have a better chance of making a job change if you kept any health problems to yourself. I don't see them going out of their way to help struggling employees.
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    Hilarious ktwlpn! And True!
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    Hasn't it been proven that lift teams save hospitals money in the long run by decreasing disability claims?
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    Quote from westieluv
    Love when that 260 lb. man says, "Honey, pull me up in bed a little bit," and then lies there like a dead weight and you're the only one in the room.

    Our policy? Well, as an acute dialysis nurse, my perspective is a little different because we are not supposed to ever help lift any patient when we are working bedside in the hospital. However, if I see a tiny, 110 lb. aide trying to slide an adult patient up in bed, of course I will probably jump in and help sometimes. After being a floor nurse for years, it's just second nature, but only if they are not extremely big or heavy and there is something under them to slide them up with.
    One noc, in a state of severe sleep deprivation and ice packs to our backs, we decided to add up and average the weight of the 26 total care patients on floor ratio; 2 RN's, one mid 50's, one 60ish and one 120lb CNA. Average weight.......355 lbs!!!! Magnet eligible hospital.
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    2 Funny, but not far from the truth...Aloha~


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