New Grad Failed Lift Test - page 2

by KerriaBoo22

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Hi everyone I'm a little discouraged today. I had an offer at a magnet hospital on the condition that I passed the physical. I lifted the box which had two handles and weights inside off of the floor fine when lifting from the... Read More


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    Quote from KerriaBoo22
    All he would say is that I was leaning too far forward.
    Well he's informative. I hope you find another job soon though.
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    I remember doing something similar for a job. It started out by having to tap the box with your foot to see if you thought you could lift it.

    Then squatting down to lift it if you think it is safe to lift it. I was nearly ontop of the box with my squat for them to be happy with it! I remember also being told to grip opposite sides of the box ie close left and far right. As most people are right handed and that is their stronger arm. I did it backwards as I am a lefty and argued with the assessor that it was correct for me.

    It's such a load of nonsense because if you need to lift / assist a pt off the floor it isn't an even weight like the box of paper or IV fluids. At this point I was very strong as I had worked in a bar in Ireland throughout uni and was able to carry 2x 24 bottle boxes of beer up a flight of stairs!
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    That's weird that they are making that a test....
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    I have NEVER, and I mean NEVER, heard of such a thing as a part of a job offer. Sure I have been tested to see if I could lift the weight physically...but I have never been tested and failed if I didn't do it properly....that is crazy.

    What the heck is going on????

    I fear for my daughter just beginning her life when she graduates from high school....God help me she wants to be a nurse.
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    Anyone have any further tips? I'm going to be testing for this soon myself.....little nervous about it. I need all the tips I can get! Thanks!
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    perhaps we need to consult a PT before job physical?
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    AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH

    I cannot believe that anyone (let alone a Federal employer that should know better) is using the lift-a-box assessment. There is a plethora of evidence available - human beings are not immovable boxes with convenient handles (duh) so static lifting measures have absolutely no relevance to clinical practice. In fact, the only measures which have been shown to reduce back injuries are "Zero lift" policies. The AHA is a very powerful lobby, so OSHA has shied away from them, but they have repeatedly published guidelines to this effect for the LTC industry. Here is one Guidelines for Nursing Homes: Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders . After reviewing the evidence, my organization has lowered our 'lifting' requirements on our job description physical & functional requirements -- to 35 lbs.


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