NYSNA Health and Safety Workshops

NYSNA has developed health and safety trainings on topics affecting healthcare workers. All workshops provide CE credits and can be held at a NYSNA office or facility location.

Want to attend or set up a training? Talk to your NYSNA delegate or rep for more information.

Safe Patient Handling and Early Mobility

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, rates of musculoskeletal injuries from overexertion in healthcare occupations are among the highest of all U.S. industries. The vast majority of these injuries are caused by the manual lifting, transferring and repositioning of patients. Nurse absenteeism due to musculoskeletal pain exacerbates staffing shortages, and too often experienced nurses suffer career-ending injuries due to manual patient handling. Patients also experience high rates of injuries due to unsafe handling. These injuries include fractures due to falls, skin tears and pressure ulcers. Early patient mobility programs, without implementation of effective safe patient handling programs, increases the risk of injury for both nurses and vulnerable patients. This workshop enables the learner to identify the evidence-based methods to safely lift, transfer and reposition patients and safely conduct these actions in the context of implementing early patient mobility programs.

Violence in the Healthcare Setting

According to numerous national agencies, nurses experience some of the highest assault rates of all professions. Many hospital managers and nurses themselves believe that violence is just part of the job and that violence is typically a spur of the moment event that cannot be predicted. However, there are a number of steps that healthcare facilities can take to prevent violence against workers. This 2-hour workshop will discuss legal requirements and guidelines to protect workers against on the job violence, as well as specific controls that can be put in place to create a safer workplace.

Health and Safety Leader

Unlike most workplace settings where worker exposure is limited to specific hazards, nurses are typically exposed to a wide range of hazards including ergonomic, violence, chemical, biological, radiologic and stress. Occupational health and safety regulations are extremely limited. The best way to ensure a safe workplace is to have active, effective health and safety member leaders. This 2-hour workshop will cover the most common hazards found in the healthcare workplace, as well as tools for effective action.