Nursing is a demanding profession. There always seems to be a shortage in California, and if you work as a nurse, you understand that long shifts are standard. You may work many hours and deal with many challenging situations as a nurse. You also may not realize that you face many risks in this job. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that nurses have a higher than average occurrence of work-related injuries and illnesses.

In fact, you are at risk for an injury or illness just doing your regular job duties. You do not even have to do anything risky to find yourself injured or ill. You probably realize that one of the most significant hazards is your exposure to illnesses. Since some are airborne, there may be nothing you can do to protect yourself.

However, the most common injuries are due to overexertion and falls. You are most likely to hurt your back, which is an injury that can sideline you for quite some time. The next most common issue is violence. As a nurse, you are three times more likely to have exposure to violence than other careers. Patients attacking you or even random acts of violence are both risks in your job. Some situations may result in minor injuries, but others could cause severe injuries.

One thing to note is that most injuries happen to nurses who work in hospitals. If you work in another type of environment, your risks are lower for certain injuries and illnesses. This information is for education and is not legal advice.