The objective of this communication is to examine the application of MSD prevention practices among nursing staff and to identify organizational factors that may or may not support their application. We measured the application of prevention practices and its determinants by means of a questionnaire filled out by 399 nurses and nursing staff in Canada. A qualitative component was conducted with two focus groups in order to validate and enrich the interpretation of the survey results. Results show that most respondents “often” (4) apply MSD prevention practices in their daily professional tasks. Significant differences were observed based on position, mission of the institution, degree, and training. The characteristics of the nursing staff (position, training, etc.) and the specificities of the setting must be taken into consideration in MSD prevention interventions for nursing staff.


Elena Laroche is a professor in prevention of occupational health and safety at the TELUQ University School of Administration Sciences. Its work aims to improve occupational health through the application of preventive practices promoting risk prevention. She uses knowledge transfer models to study the processes that guide the application of preventive practices. His current research projects focus on the prevention of cancer risks among firefighters and the use of individual protection equipment and digital tools for the prevention of occupational injuries.