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The very real dangers of hospital work

When people think about the most dangerous professions, they likely think of ice road truckers, deep sea fisherman or perhaps construction workers. All of these careers carry higher-than-average risks for the people who pursue them. However, one very dangerous field of work that people rarely recognize as such is hospital work. Every day, health care workers in Ramsey County risk exposure to disease and to serious injuries caused by their work.

Health care workers face high levels of workplace violence

Minnesota residents tend to pursue nursing careers to help and heal others, but the reality of their jobs often exposes them to angry and violent patients and visitors. The career nurse who co-founded the nonprofit organization Stop Healthcare Violence has devoted her efforts to raising awareness of the injuries suffered by health care workers. She said that medical staff experience attacks such as being groped, spit on, bitten or assaulted with weapons. During her career, a patient punched her in the face.

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