You are serving as the preceptor for a newly graduated nurse. As you observe the new nurse for their application of body mechanics principles into client care, you observe that the nurse spreads her legs apart during a transfer with a client. What should you do?
Advise the nurse that the legs must be close together for stability during lifting and transfers.
Advise the nurse that the legs should be one in front of the other and not spread apart during a transfer.
Validate the nurse’s competency in terms of the application of body mechanics principles during a transfer.
Validate the nurse’s competency in terms of the application of ergonomics principles during a transfer.
Correct Response: C
You should validate the nurse’s competency in terms of the application of body mechanics principles during a transfer because the nurse had spread her legs apart during the transfer to provide a wide base of support, which is a basic principle of body mechanics and not ergonomics.
Simply defined ergonomics addresses correct bodily alignment such as the lumbar curve accommodation in an ergonomically designed chair; and body mechanics is the safe use of the body using the correct posture, bodily alignment, balance and bodily movements to safely bend, carry, lift and move objects and people.