Title

Musculoskeletal problems experienced by older nurses in hospital settings.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Title

Nursing forum

Volume

43

Issue

2

First Page

103

Last Page

114

DOI

10.1111/j.1744-6198.2008.00101.x

Keywords

age, Age Factors, article, Canada, female, human, Humans, male, middle aged, musculoskeletal disease, Musculoskeletal Diseases, nursing staff, Nursing Staff, Hospital, occupational disease, Occupational Diseases, Ontario, risk factor, Risk Factors

Abstract

The effects of musculoskeletal problems on older nurses working in hospital settings was examined, including what contributed to the problems, and preferred treatments selected. Inadequate sleep was significantly related to musculoskeletal symptoms in all regions of the body. Most frequent problems were in lower and upper back, neck, and shoulder areas. Rotating and/or 12-hr shifts, inadequate sleep, frequent patient handling, and nurses who felt little control over their work reported more lower back symptoms. Surprisingly, nurses relied on over-the-counter medications to treat their problems. Implications for supporting the nursing workforce and minimizing musculoskeletal problems are discussed.