Healthcare technology evolving but nurses remain burdened by legacy physical challenges, according to recent survey

60 percent of nurses worry their jobs are negatively impacting their overall health, and 12 percent of nurses were injured on the job in the past year.

NurseHealthThese are of a few of the statistics revealed today in Ergotron’s first survey, exploring challenges nurses face on the job.

“Nurses play a crucial role in the delivery of patient care, and their insights help us better understand the state of nursing today and what can be done to improve clinical patient care and confidence moving forward,” said Steve Reinecke, MT (CLS) CPHIMS, AVP of Healthcare at Ergotron.

While U.S. healthcare continues its radical digital transformation, with nurses often on the forefront especially regarding the use of electronic health records (EHRs), little else has changed on the physical side of day-to-day, real-time nursing care.

Nurse injuries have been well documented, but what is often not addressed is how their injuries and physical discomfort directly affects patient care. The findings show:

  • They are less friendly or engaging with their patients (22 percent)
  • They have to modify or limit their activity/movement on the job (22 percent)
  • They are distracted (17 percent)
  • They needed more assistance from other staff (14 percent)

Nurses report seeing the advantages of EHRs in the survey, and the majority of them feel comfortable using technology. However the biggest challenge is creating an environment that caters to the needs of the nurse. When asked what they would change:

  • 54 percent said they would increase nursing staff to alleviate workloads
  • 28 percent would instate a dedicated ergonomics team to help ensure equipment is ergonomically supportive to the staff
  • 28 percent would re-design the physical space within patient rooms and on floors to better align with clinical workflow and patient needs
  • 25 percent would update the furniture at the nursing station
  • 24 percent would update medical equipment and furniture in the patient room
  • 22 percent would implement more point-of-care solutions throughout the floor with sit-to-stand functionality.

These findings challenge healthcare organizations to implement solutions to protect the health of nursing resources while creating the kind of environment that brings the patient and caregiver together for increased interaction, satisfaction, safety and efficiency.

For the full survey report, visit

The responses were generated from a 2014 survey fielded by independent research firm GMI Research of 250 U.S. medical professionals, who self-identified as full-time credentialed nurses and work in a healthcare setting in the continental United States, with experience.

Q & A with Dr. James A. Levine

jameslevineIn advance of his book launch, Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You & What You Can Do About It,”  Dr. James A. Levine participated in this Q & A with his publisher Palgrave Macmillan.

The following will give you a glimpse at his passion and commitment to uncovering “why and how people move” and the impact it has on our bodies.

You have done some much research in this area and published so many papers. Why did you want to write this book?

Dr. Levine: I have spent 40 years, ever since I was child, on a mission to understand how—and why people move. I never expected to discover that that everyday sitting—what we all experience—is so harmful to the body and mind alike. I wrote this book to explain the science, scientists, joy of discovery, and the challenges of using science to reverse the ill-fates of seat-sentenced humanity.

Your book features many quizzes on how much we are sitting, how far our bodies have evolved, etc. Where do you rate on your quizzes, and were you happy with your own results?

Dr. Levine: A key component of Get Up! is to engage people’s minds in finding their path forwards, and a quiz engages the mind!  As the writer, I too became engaged. The quiz about car seat addiction was written the night I drove 100 miles in my car between meetings. I realized there was a better way – and yes, I changed how my meetings are scheduled.

If you HAD to pick a chair to sit in, what is the best, most healthy kind of chair? (if it exists!)

Dr. Levine: The best kind of chair is the one you use to take a break between activities!

Why is it so hard for people struggling with obesity to decrease their sitting time by just over 2 hours, as you recommend to your patients?

Dr. Levine: We have created a world where sitting is implicit in almost every everyday activity: work, leisure, dating and shopping. Once a sitter becomes accustomed to sitting, finding sustainable leg-based solutions is complex. For a person, the tactics might involve converting a desk based job to a leg based one; converting sofa-based partner time to active intimacy and switch for a car commuter to a leg-based calorie burning alternative.

How do you see advancing technologies helping and hurting our society’s sitting problem?

Dr. Levine: We foresee a world of dynamic and moving people free from the chairman’s curse.  The alternate is unimaginable—a world in which all children are prescribed a polypill in order to mitigate the harm of sitting disease.

What is the ideal speed for working on a treadmill desk, and why?

Dr. Levine: The most ideal speed  for working on a treadmill desk is 1.1 mph—it is the natural speed at which humans move throughout the day, so it will be the most comfortable without becoming too distracting.

What is your ideal office environment of the future?

Dr. Levine: Happy, dynamic, productive, creative and healthy—where chairs are only used to take a break!

The news is full of articles about why sitting is bad for us, but there is good science behind the claim that sitting is the new smoking. Carrie Schmitz, research manager at Ergotron, concurs. “Dr. Levine’s book does a great job explaining why all of us should be concerned about the sedentary lifestyle, but more important, he provides proven guidelines for avoiding obesity-related diseases like diabetes and cancer.”

You can hear Dr. Levine speak more about this topic during the upcoming ErgoExpo™ Wednesday Webinar, August 13, 2014, or take his Chair Quiz at Dr. Levine’s book is now available everywhere books are sold.

Popular LX LCD mounts keep delivering value!

LX2-desk-compact Lrg display

Over the years, our loyal LX fans have asked for greater capacity to accommodate upgrades to their desktop real estate. The recent launch of our LX sit-stand LCD mounts is one of our answers back to the community.

Here’s another.

For select part numbers, we are increasing the capacity range!  

The maximum weight capacity is increasing from 20 lbs (9 kg) to 25 lbs (11.4 kg) and will support most monitors up to 32″ on the following models:

LX Desk Mount LCD Arm (45-241-026)
LX Wall Mount LCD Arm (45-243-026)
LX Desk Mount LCD Arm, Tall Pole (45-295-026)
LX Wall Mount System, Medium Silver CPU Holder (45-247-026)
LX Wall Mount System, Small Black CPU Holder (45-253-026)

In addition, several SKUs will support even lighter monitors than previously specified; now going as low as 5 lbs (2.3 kg) from 7 lbs (3.2 kg). See ” * ” in the list below for products that will be impacted.

Plus, we are extending the warranty!

We believe in exceeding customer expectations and one way we are doing that is to extend the warranty from five to ten years on SKUs listed below. This new warranty is applicable for units sold after August 1, 2014.

MX Desk Mount LCD Arm (45-214-026)
MX Wall Mount LCD Arm (45-228-026)
LX Desk Mount LCD Arm (45-241-026) *
LX Wall Mount LCD Arm (45-243-026) *
LX Dual Side-By-Side Arm (45-245-026) *
LX Wall Mount Keyboard Arm (45-246-026)
LX Wall Mount System, Medium Silver CPU Holder (45-247-026) *
LX Dual Stacking Arm (45-248-026) *
LX Wall Mount System, Small Black CPU Holder (45-253-026) *
LX Extension (45-289-026)
LX Desk Mount LCD Arm, Tall Pole (45-295-026) *
LX Sit-Stand Wall Mount LCD Arm (45-353-026)
LX Sit-Stand Wall Mount Keyboard Arm (45-354-026)
LX Sit-Stand Wall Mount System, Medium Silver CPU Holder (45-358-026)
LX Sit-Stand Wall Mount System, Small Black CPU Holder (45-359-026)
LX Sit-Stand Desk Mount Arm (45-360-026)
LX Sit-Stand Extension (45-362-026)
LX HD Sit-Stand Wall Mount LCD Arm (45-383-026)
LX HD Sit-Stand Desk Mount LCD Arm (45-384-026)

This warranty goes into effect August 1, 2014, and is applicable to units sold after this date.

Not only does the Ergotron LX arm make a nice companion to the Cintiq, and the perfect computing wall mounted station in healthcare, it is also highly prized wherever superior adjustability is required. Plus, it’s shiny. Always a good thing.

Contact our Customer Care team if you have questions or visit YouTube to see how people are using LX in the real world. Whatever your configuration needs, the LX is here.