Namrata Arora Charpe1* and Rennie Joshua2
1Associate Professor, Banasthali Vidyapith, India
2Nurse Educator, Dubai Hospital, Dubai, UAE
*Corresponding Author: Namrata Arora Charpe, Associate Professor, Banasthali Vidyapith, India.
Received: June 24, 2020; Published: August 31, 2020
Health and wellbeing of employees in the workplace are important concerns that should continue to receive attention in any organisation. Traditionally hospitals are directed towards curative services, not preventive services, it is very important to maintain optimum health of the staff in the healthcare industry as they take care of the sick clients. The study was conducted with the major objective to assess the risk and hazards faced by nurses in different clinical areas of work (Units). Quantitative descriptive cross-sectional method was used for the study. The study was conducted with a sample of 588 respondents (unit managers, registered nurses and assistant nurses). The findings revealed that nurses do encounter a considerable level of occupational hazards. Critical Care and Cardiology Unit were found to be the units with the highest risk of occupational hazards and injuries while the lowest risk was observed in the outpatient and day care unit. Chi square analysis of data revealed a significant association of Clinical Area of work (Unit) with exposure to blood borne pathogens and biological hazards, radiation, toxic fumes and anaesthetic agents, irritation from disinfectants and sterilants and chemical/toxic medication.
Keywords: Occupational Hazards; Nursing; Workplace Risk Factors; Clinical Areas of Work; Healthcare Professionals; Workplace Injuries; Hazard Exposure
Citation: Namrata Arora Charpe and Rennie Joshua. “Occupational Hazards, Illnesses and Injuries among Nurses Working in Different Clinical Areas of Work (Units)". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 4.9 (2020): 111-119.
Copyright: © 2020 Namrata Arora Charpe and Rennie Joshua. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.