Nursing ranks among the riskiest occupations for workplace injuries such as sprains, strains and muscle tears, yet risks for labor and delivery nurses -- whose work can be particularly physical -- are poorly understood. A new study in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing highlights the manual and repetitive caregiving tasks that labor and delivery nurses believe put them most at risk for injury. These include "high-exertion tasks" such as moving patients in LDR beds; "awkward posture tasks" such as performing difficult vaginal exams; and "culture of safety" challenges such as physician requests to hold patients' legs during delivery. The study was conducted among nursing staff at a 22-room L&D unit in a women's hospital, which plans to use the findings to help make safety a top department priority. Read the study.

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