Work Injured Nurses


    august 19, 2009
    dear wing usa friends,

    with permission from the royal college of nursing work injured, ill and disabled nurses group (rcn wing), following is the article "spotlight on wing usa" recently published in the rcn wing quarterly, spring/summer 2009.

    best wishes to all...anne

    anne hudson, rn, bsn
    august 19, 2009
    founder, work injured nurses' group usa (wing usa)
    coos bay, oregon

    this is a copyrighted article published to wing by permission.
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  3. by   mariahas4kids
    What a wonderful organization!:flowersfo I have not yet become injured while nursing, (yet!) but I am glad to know that there is a group of nurses out there looking out for each other! I can't wait to check out the website.
  4. by   MedSurgeMess
    It's about time!
  5. by   Heogog53
    I just found out about this wonderful website. I am a work injured nurse- got hurt in 2003 and so far, have been struggling with a bad back ever since. I'll be seeing the Workman's Comp doctor for the third time next Friday. I have no idea what's going to happen to me, or what I'm going to do for a living if I am "dissapeared" I'm a good nurse. No- I've been a great nurse. And I want to be again. But it looks like I'll have to go to school and get an MSN just to try to find a non heavy patient contact role.
    Thanks, Anne, for posting your article.
    Everyone should contact their congressman or woman about a house bill to protect both patients and nurses from the trauma of inadequate lifting safety. The bill needs lots of co-sponsors, and this is a huge breakthrough for nursing in the USA. Please urge your congressperson to support it and nursing.
  6. by   RNinWI
    Wow - I had no idea anything like this existed - I hurt my back 3 years ago in the hospital and have been out of work for the last year as a result. I am going to go check this out.
  7. by   SICU Queen
    Oh wow, thanks so much for posting this! I am a work-injured nurse (torn hip cartilage, surgery, etc, etc) and it's been a nightmare since my 11/2007 injury. I'll definitely be checking this site out thoroughly...
  8. by   Offroad
    There are movements to create a NO LIFT work environment. The VA hospitals across the nation are trying to do that.
  9. by   diane227
    My husband works at a hospital where they have a "no lift" policy. They have a lift team and they go around on a regular schedule to weight and turn heavy patients. This lift team has saved the hospital a lot of money in workers comp claims. The lift team is on duty 24/7.

    I hurt my back years ago (not work related) and I have flair ups from time to time. The thing that bothers me is that I cannot assist my coworkers with lifting these patients because I don't want them to hurt their backs either. And it is only going to get worse as people get more and more over weight.