The strain and pain on our nurses is very real, and it’s toll on the healthcare workforce cannot be denied.
Collectively, the hospital subsector’s workforce has dipped nearly 90,000 people since March of 2020, according to preliminary November data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Among nurses alone, the American Nurses Association expects there will be more than 100,000 registered nursing jobs available annually by next year.1
One major source of injury to healthcare workers is musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). In 2017, nursing assistants had the second highest number of cases of MSDs.
As many as 20% of nurses who leave direct patient care positions do so because of risks associated with the work.
Direct and indirect costs associated with only back injuries in the healthcare industry are estimated to be $20 billion annually.2