Men in Nursing: When it is not Cool to be Tough Implications for Safe Patient Handling, Men’s Health Promotion, and Retention of Men in Nursing. 2010 AAMN Conference. Nancy M. Daraiseh, PhD William T. Lecher, RN, MS, MBA, NE-BC Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Men in Nursing: When it is not Cool to be ToughImplications for Safe Patient Handling, Men’s Health Promotion, and Retention of Men in Nursing
2010 AAMN Conference
Nancy M. Daraiseh, PhD
William T. Lecher, RN, MS, MBA, NE-BC
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
6-8% of nurses
“A holistic and comprehensive approach that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual life experiences and needs of men throughout their life span”
President, AAMN, 2007-2010
The literature will show significant differences in types and prevalence of health outcomes between men and women in nursing:
A comparison of male and female based boost task.
A preliminary review
Sam Bradbury MAOM, ATC, CPE
Ergo-Path System, LLC
8% increase in Low Back Compression Force may not seem great, however with the increase in frequency of “ask” and “performance” factors, this risk is a significant issue. This combined with increased extremity risk could lead to ergonomic risks among male nurses.
10% Increase Low Back Compression force over male counter parts as load increases.
As the patient weight increases the risk increases,
shifting to a greater LBCF risk for females.
The consensus of the research literature is that team-lifting capacity is greater than the lifting capacity of an individual, but that the capacity of lifting teams is less than the summed capacity of individual team members.
Further, biomechanical, psychophysical, and physiological stress tends to be reduced compared to the equivalent lifts and transfers performed by individuals.
However, the stress associated with team lifting depends on a broad range of individual team member, load, task and environmental factors, which can interact in unexpected ways.
Caution is therefore recommended against making broad assumptions regarding the use of team lifting.
Hum Factors Man 15:
Combined ergonomic risk factors increase the total risk of injury significantly - (16x in some cases)
Males demonstrate an 8% risk increase of LBCF injury with 150 pound patient.
Female LBCF exceeds male risk as the patient weight increases; more than two nurses or lift equipment required
(10% at 250 pounds without additional lift support)
Males are at a moderate risk of injury of extremity injuries as patient weight increases.
Asymmetrical lifting is a factor yet to be addressed.
**This is only a brief biomechanical model of potential ergonomic risk of gender based nurse boost task. Further detailed analysis is required.