Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2018

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Seed

Second Advisor

Dr. Elena Capella

Abstract

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) are one of the leading causes of disability in hospital nurses and nursing aids and is a high cost problem in the healthcare industry. Working in a complex environment of an acute medical floor where repetitive nature of patient handling, can lead to musculoskeletal injuries for healthcare workers. This is evidenced by work-related injuries in hospitals nearly doubling compared to private industry and hospitals are one of the most hazardous work environments in the country. Musculoskeletal injuries of healthcare workers are an ongoing problem which requires investigation due to high risk of reoccurrence. This is especially true when related to direct patient handling given the patient(s) health care demands, while the nursing staff works with limited resources, time constraints, frequent patient handling, repeated shifts as resource nurse(s), low staffing and lack of leadership. The purpose of this project is assessing one’s microsystem for MSD, with the lenses of a CNL systems analysist and advocacy for healthcare professional competency by facilitating a plan of action to implement changes to benefit nurses and lead them with EBP to lower injuries obtained in the health care industry.

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