Presentation T P15

T P15 (Poster Presentation):
Injury management for NSW Nurses: physical and psychological injury differences

Presented by: Carole L James


James CL1, Brady J1, Guest M1, Rivett D1, Kable A2

  1. School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Callaghan
  2. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia



Workplace injury is a recognised hazard for the nursing profession. High injury rates, in conjunction with current nursing shortages, low retention rates, and the high cost of workplace injury, highlight the need for effective return to work (RTW) for injured nurses. Workplace injury management contributes to reduced impact of injury and supports the return to work of injured workers. Historically, there has been more of a focus on managing musculoskeletal injuries and less focus on the management of psychological injury. This study investigated current injury management practices of injured NSW nurses, specifically investigating differences in management techniques between those with physical and psychological injury.


A cross sectional survey collected data from 453 injured NSW nurses who has sustained a workplace related physical injury or psychological illness. Descriptive statistics were completed and logistic regression modelling examined associations between physical and psychological injuries and their management


Differences between the workplace injury management of physical and psychological injury were in relation to: practice setting (OR: 5.04: 95% CI=1.36-18.68), employer response (OR: 2.48 95% CI= 1.098-5.64), return to work outcome (OR: 7.77 95% CI=1.37-44.07) and liability (OR: 2.85 95% CI=0.86-9.38).


These results highlight differences between injury management and return to work outcomes for injured workers with physical injury compared to those with psychological injury. The findings add to the growing body of literature that suggests those with psychological injury still face many barriers to achieve successful rehabilitation and return to work when compared to those with physical injury.

Schedule Details

Tuesday September 30
12:45 - 13:45 Poster Viewing
Session: Disability management