Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

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Specializes in telemetry, med-surg, post op, ICU. Has 4 years experience.

Lift with your knees and not your back has been drilled into nurses as often as patient safety comes first. Just follow these body mechanics rules, and you will protect your back, nurses are told. The only problem is that it isn’t true, and everyone but nurses knows all about it. You are reading page 10 of Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Peggy Roos Lund, RN

Specializes in Cardiology, Critical care. Has 49 years experience.

I know that all too well. I graduated from a diploma program in 1972. I worked my first years in an OR. By 1974, after solo lifting fat butts to the right position on the cysto table for several weeks, I ended up with back pain and sciatica. I saw an ortho and was put on Workman's Comp. I went back to "light duty" a few weeks later and generally treated like I was faking an injury. Eventually, I left the OR. I did hospital work for about 40 more years, mostly cardiac, all in critical care areas. I've seen ortho, neuro, ( one told my that my pain was "anger directed inward because I was still single") chiropractic, and pain docs, had PT, injections and ablations. I refuse surgery because I've witness very poor success with that. I'm mostly retired, now and in a job where I don't lift. I can barely carry my grandkids. I spend my days sitting on a heating pad most of the time.

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 45 years experience.

Hi Peggy-- as I started nursing in 1976, I'm familiar with both the cumulative nature of back and nerve injuries that result in chronic pain, and the dismissive attitude you described.

Hoping your present job will at least stabilize the symptoms and allow you to pursue activities you want to pursue.

Grand-kids are great therapy! Wish you the best.

Peggy Roos Lund, RN

Specializes in Cardiology, Critical care. Has 49 years experience.

Thank you!