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2018 Graduate Nurse Internship Projects

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Graduate nurse interns are assigned to projects based on OSHA priorities and the intern’s experience and skills. The following are possible 2018 internship projects:


Work with an OSHA ergonomist to collect data on OSHA ergonomic enforcement cases in poultry processing plants, assessing care given to injured workers in on-site first aid units. Data include tasks of workers exposed to ergonomic hazards, staffing and protocols of first aid unit, first aid log of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) cases, job strain index, workplace safety and health programs and facility days away, restricted and transfer (DART) rate related to MSDs. Project will involve conversations with OSHA field staff such as Regional Ergonomics Coordinators and Compliance Safety and Health Officers. In collaboration with the American Nurses Association, develop a paper evaluating injury management in relation to unit health professionals’ scopes of practice and appropriate supervision.

Workplace Violence

Review OSHA enforcement cases for workplace violence in nursing homes in 2011-2018. This project involves conducting semi-structured telephone interviews with the OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) who investigated the cases; coding case elements using an established checklist; and analyzing the results. The goal is to explore the difference between workplace violence that occurs in nursing homes and workplace violence in other types of health care facilities as well as the difference in appropriate preventive measures.

Past Graduate Nurse Internship Project Topics and Recent Graduate Nurse Intern Publications

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