Certified nursing assistants make up a large share of the healthcare provider workforce in New Jersey, and their numbers are expected to continue to grow. If you are a nursing assistant or planning on becoming one, you may be wary of the risks associated with the job. Here are the dangers you are likely to face and what you can do about them.
Potential dangers of being a certified nursing assistant
In 2016, Forbes made a list of the most dangerous jobs in the country, and the nursing assistant job was ranked first. The reason for this is because:
- CNA job is physically demanding; thus, you are always at a risk of bodily injury. The job entails turning patients, helping them get up and out of bed, to the restroom or bedside commode, and transporting them to different locations within and around the healthcare facility. If the patients are overweight, the amount of strain on your body might lead to musculoskeletal injuries.
- You are exposed to chemicals, diseases, and bodily fluids all the time. A small accident in your field could lead to serious harm or even death. Even when extremely careful, a needle or just about anything can penetrate your protective gear and severely hurt you.
- Prevalence of burnouts. More than 30% of nursing assistants quit because of burnout. There are situations where work exhaustion can be exacerbated, like an outbreak or a huge accident on the road or construction site.
What to do
Healthcare providers in New Jersey are eligible for workers’ compensation when injured at work. This insurance covers missed wages while receiving treatment, medical bills, vocational rehabilitation, and death benefits.
Becoming a certified nursing assistant is a fulfilling and selfless job. As good as your services are, your work shouldn’t put your life at risk. Adhere to the safety measurements put in place and act promptly whenever you get hurt to receive the help you deserve.