Nurses perform physically demanding jobs that require the ability to frequently lift heavy equipment, manually move patients, stand for long periods, bend/twist/kneel/stoop often throughout the day, provide assistance to doctors, and function quickly under demanding high-pressure situations.
According to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, nurses are required to also perform administrative tasks, including maintaining records and checking vitals of patients. Some nurses have additional supervisory responsibilities. The positions are typically classified as being at least “medium” in nature, requiring nurses to exert 20 to 50 pounds occasionally.
In our experience, common medical conditions suffered by nurses include conditions related to the physical exertion that is placed on their bodies, such as: