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Occupational Hazards for Pregnant Nurses

Alex, Marion Rita RN, MN, CNM

AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000393056.01687.40
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Abstract

OVERVIEW: Depending on her working environment, specific immunities, and stage of pregnancy, a pregnant nurse may find it difficult to avoid teratogenic and fetotoxic exposures, as well as working conditions that could jeopardize her pregnancy. A clinical review of the occupational hazards faced by pregnant nurses can be useful to the concerned nurse or health care system, as can suggestions on ways to reduce risk and a list of pertinent occupational safety resources.

Keywords: nurses, occupational hazards, occupational health, occupational safety, pregnant nurses, reproductive health, women's health, worker safety

In Brief

This review of the occupational hazards faced by pregnant nurses can be useful to the concerned nurse or health care system.

Author Information

Marion Rita Alex is an associate professor at Saint Francis Xavier University School of Nursing, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Contact author: malex@stfx.ca. The author of this article has no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.