Hello, I am Denis. As a nurse for over 15 years, I have seen my share of work related injuries. I have also experience several work related: musculoskeletal injuries with recoveries requiring medication, physical therapy and even surgery. This blog is designed for nurses and anyone in the health care profession who has direct patient care contact. Many typical patient care activities are depicted throughout the blog, demonstrating both proper and improper techniques. While we have provided many different scenarios, not all work related injuries are discussed or presented. For the purposes of this educational offering, we are presenting only the most common musculoskeletal injuries. Let me be very clear; injuries can be prevented. In this blog we are not making the assumption that the injuries described are inevitable. However, injuries to nurses and other health professions that have direct patient care responsibilities are receiving national attention in the form of state regulations to address safe patient handling in all settings including hospitals, long term care facilities and clinics. And now we consider the benefits of protecting LVN nurses as a valuable resource.