Despite their ability to heal the masses, hospitals have been known to sometimes get people sick after they arrive. When this occurs, they are called Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), and hospitals take them very seriously. In this article, we will look at the top four HAIs and discuss the role that nurses play in preventing their spread.
The average day shift nurse will walk 4-5 miles, burning over 1,400 calories in a 12-hour shift. To put it in perspective, restaurant servers walk 4 miles, custodians walk 5.2 miles, and retail floor staff walk 3 miles per shift. One might think that with all the walking that nurses do, they must be generally healthy; think again. Multiple studies have found that ~54% of nurses are either overweight or obese, those nurses citing job stress and poor sleep from long, irregular work hours as the cause.