Issue of Musculoskeletal Problems and Back Pain Introduction According to the RNAO (2008), the health care system is already burdened by a severe shortage of nurses and the problem is further aggravated by absenteeism resulting from preventable musculoskeletal injuries and back pain. More than 16 million nursing hours are lost each year because of back pain and musculoskeletal injuries which amount to 9,000 nursing positions (RNAO). Both the RNAO and Sparkman (2006) agree that nurses have the highest rate of absenteeism of any occupational group as a result of back pain. Sparkman also observes that nurses rate seventh among all categories of workers in terms of experiencing job-related injuries such as back and musculoskeletal problems....The end:
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