New Brunswick, NJ - The Rutgers School of Public Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the New York State Zero Lift Task Force are partnering to bring a Safe Patient Handling Conference to New Jersey on March 19, 2019. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, for 4.75 CNEs. The conference will provide learners with the tools necessary to identify how to eliminate worker musculoskeletal disorder risks through effective patient assessments and the ability to select and utilize the appropriate patient handling equipment for the type of patient handling tasks they face. Co-sponsors of the conference are the New Jersey Department of Labor, New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey Hospital Association, New Jersey Work Environment Council, Health Professionals and Allied Employees, District 1199J, AFSCME, and the Health Care Association of New Jersey.
Musculoskeletal injuries have been a major concern for healthcare workers in this rapidly growing industry. These injuries are due in large part to overexertion related to repeated manual patient handling activities, often involving heavy manual lifting associated with transferring and repositioning patients, and working in extremely awkward postures. Participants will be able to identify how to eliminate worker musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risks through effective patient assessments. The overall desired outcome of our program is for attendees, regardless of rank or discipline, including nurses, to advise appropriate personnel with the MSD risks and possible solutions determined through patient assessments. Learners will be able to select and utilize appropriate patient handling equipment for the type of patient handling task facing them to ensure worker safety and prevent injuries.
- Eugene L. Brenycz, J.D., MPA, Regulatory Officer, NJ Department of Health
- Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner, NJ Department of Labor and
- Workforce Development
- Richard Mendelson, Acting U.S. DOL Region II Administrator, OSHA
- Robert Guest, Cert, MDT, MSPT, Coordinator, Patient Handling & Injury Prevention at Kaleida Health
- Paula Pless, COTA, EES, Western NY, Kaleida Health
- Melissa Rowland, RN, PTA, NYS Zero Lift Task Force
About the Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce Development
Since 1998, the Center for Public Health Workforce Development has been responsible for the continuing education and workforce development activities of the Rutgers School of Public Health. The 2015 CEPH Review for Accreditation of the Rutgers SPH stated, “one of the school’s strengths is workforce development as evidenced through the breadth and depth of continuing education programs delivered through the Center.” The Center for Public Health Workforce Development will continue this outstanding programming to meet the needs of our partners. We have invested thousands of hours to increase the capacity of the public health workforce, and our name reflects the work we do. The Center for Public Health Workforce Development continues to be the leader in developing specific public health programs for our partners in New Jersey and beyond. For more information on the Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce Development please visit: http://rutgerstraining.sph.rutgers.edu.
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Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce Development
Mitchel A. Rosen, Director
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For more information about the New Jersey Safe Patient Handling Conference please visit: https://rutgerstraining.sph.rutgers.edu/njsafepatientconf/