Growing up, most people hated the sight of blood or the thought of an injury. When we became adults, we unexpectedly ventured into different medical fields, including nursing. Some ventured into nursing because they have a passion for taking care of people, while others found themselves there. Either way, nurses are important people who contribute hugely to our healthcare and wellbeing.
Most nurses have found a way to navigate these career changes and seek new opportunities while still striving to maintain their current role, deployments, and family relationships. They have had to work on their confidence, determination, persistence, and willpower.
While most hospitals around the world are in the process of implementing safe patients handling practices for the nurses, each serious injury leaves an impact on a nurse’s life. Some are able to return to work, while others suffer from chronic or back pain, and the restrictions force them to leave their work.
Anne Hudson, a Retired Nurse, sustained a back injury and had to leave her job because of her lift restrictions. Being a nurse is all that Anne Hudson ever wanted to be. She loved her work at the bedside, and that is where she’d be still working today if she hadn’t sustained the debilitating back injury.
She suffered from a cumulative trauma disc injury to her back because of lifting patients over the years she had been working in the nursing industry. This is why she had to leave her work and start the recovery and the treatment process.
While at it, Anne Hudson founded WING USA, a forum where nurses can share their stories online. WING USA, commonly known as Work Injured Nurses Group, is a forum where Hudson raises awareness and advocates for safe patient handling practices.
From the stories in the forum, nurses have described their stories on lifting, repositioning, or transporting patients with some weighing up to 500 pounds, without any mechanical devices included. Some have suffered from collapsed discs, paralysis, constant pain, and others have been in and out of hospital after multiple surgeries.
There are still nurses that still are unaware of the equipment available for handling patients. Some nurses have not heard of safe patient handling practices. This is why Hudson created this group- to create awareness and educate the nurses.
The group has helped educate a lot of nurses worldwide. Moreover, injured nurses are able to share their stories and know they are not alone. Anne Hudson hopes to make the workplace safer for nurses, so they can stay at the patient’s bedside, where they actually belong.
Nurses are by far the biggest workforce across the world. For health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved, nursing education and leadership practices must be improved, including safe patient handling practices.