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Nation's RNs Hail Sen. Franken's Support for Safe Patient Handling Measure
Date:10/15/2009

ow we have this same opportunity for the nation."

"We applaud Sen. Franken for taking this important step to stand up for the health of nurses and our patients, and he has our full support as we work to pass this bill into law. There is no reason why an RN should have to accept a lifetime of injury or chronic pain as part of his or her job," said UAN President Ann Converso, RN.

Direct care RNs get injured at a higher rate than laborers, movers and truck drivers from repositioning, moving and lifting patients, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Work-related lifting injuries in turn lead many nurses to leave the profession, with more than half of all nurses complaining of chronic back pain and 38 percent suffering from pain severe enough to require leave from work. A 2006 study by Audrey Nelson et al. found that overall medical treatment costs for nursing staff fell by 48 percent over the 18 months prior to and following the introduction of a safe patient handling program in seven facilities.

The Minnesota Nurses Association is the largest and fastest-growing union for registered nurses in Minnesota and the Midwest. Representing more than 20,000 nurses, MNA is a multi-purpose organization that promotes high standards for nursing education and practice, and works to advance the profession through collective bargaining and legislative activity.

The United American Nurses, AFL-CIO, represents nurses across the country in state nurses associations, collective bargaining programs and independent unions, uniting to work for change on the issues important to staff RNs.

SOURCE United American Nurses, AFL-CIO


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