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When Work Hurts: Advocating for Safe and Just Jobs for Nurses

Course Description

Nurses and other health care workers face some of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses of all occupations in the US. Frequently, nurses report experiencing aches and pains after their shifts. Most nurses experience low back pain during their career. More than 80 percent of nurses have experienced violence on the job in the past year. Chronic stress and moral distress are taking an extreme toll on nurses’ mental and physical health. These injuries, illnesses, aches, and pains are preventable—if employers prioritize the health and safety of nurses by having the right policies and measures in place.

This CE class will explore the sources of and the connections between the high rates of on-the-job injuries, illnesses, and pain experienced by nurses and the impacts on patient care. After identifying the causes, we will discuss the prevention measures that employers should put in place to protect nurses. Then, we will explore tools that nurses can use to effectively advocate for safer patient care conditions.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this class, participants should be able to:

  • Describe major causes of injuries and illnesses to nurses.
  • Discuss prevention measures needed to establish safe patient care conditions.

Instructors: Rocelyn de Leon-Minch and/or Jane Thomason

Course Details:

This class is being offered both in-person and virtually. Online, virtual classes will be four hours for 4 CEUs. In-person classes will be six hours for 6 CEUs.

For online classes: After registering, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class.


Online via Zoom
April 13, 2023
10am-2pm PT/1pm-5pm ET
San Diego, CA
April 18, 2023
Sheraton La Jolla
3299 Holiday Ct
La Jolla, CA 92037
9am-4pm PT
Online via Zoom
May 12, 2023
10am-2pm PT/1pm-5pm ET
Santa Clara, CA
May 18, 2023
Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054
9am-4pm PT
Online via Zoom
May 22, 2023
10am-2pm PT/1pm-5pm ET
Marina del Rey, CA
May 25, 2023
Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292
9am-4pm PT
Sacramento, CA
June 6, 2023
Courtyard Sacramento Midtown
4422 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
9am-4pm PT
Online via Zoom
July 14, 2023
10am-2pm PT/1pm-5pm ET
Anaheim/Garden Grove, CA
July 18, 2023
Anaheim Marriott Suites
12015 Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92840
9am-4pm PT
Oakland, CA
July 27, 2023
California Nurses Association
155 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
9am-4pm PT
Asheville, NC
August 22, 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville - Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
9am-4pm ET
Austin, TX
September 14, 2023
JW Marriott Austin
110 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
9am-4pm CT

CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

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