The Economic Impact of Implementing an Ergonomic Plan

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Executive SummaryIt is of paramount importance for executives to be well aware of registered nurse (RN) hidden replacement costs related to musculoskeletal injuries.Developing and implementing an ergonomic plan that includes procurement of appropriate lifting equipment at the point of care makes sense.Armed with an ergonomic plan, proactive case management, and a return to work program, the organization is positioned for fiscal success.The ANA's Handle With Care campaign addressed the fact that 12% of RN turnover and 38% of RN workers' compensation pay are related to back strains.Using the benchmarks reported in the Handle With Care campaign, the average cost of replacing an RN who leaves nursing due to a back injury ranged from $25,450 to $38,280 per nurse.Health care worker injury prevention should be valued as a retention strategy, as well as a fiscal responsibility where all stakeholders benefit.

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