Leadership & Management
Health Protection for the Perioperative Surgical Nurse #5010 (1.00 CH)
Carol Devlin, BSN, RN, CNOR
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Fellow Adjunct Faculty
Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick CON and Jefferson University CON
Villanova and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The safety of nurses from workplace-induced injuries and illnesses is important to nurses themselves, as well as to the patients that are served. Risk of nursing work can harm the individual's well-being acutely and in the long term. These health consequences include musculoskeletal injuries/disorders, other injuries, infections, changes in mental health, and in the longer term, cardiovascular, metabolic, and neoplastic diseases. Awareness of these risks crucial to the health and our longevity of the perioperative nurse.