Date of Award

January 2017

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Charles S. Hausman

Second Advisor

Robert Biggin

Third Advisor

E. Scott Dunlap


This study sought to determine how many nursing homes had implemented ergonomics programs, and how closely these programs followed the NIOSH/OSHA model. It also sought to investigate relationships that might exist between ergonomics programs and MSD rates occurring among direct care workers engaged in moving and physically assisting residents. Findings suggest a high percentage of Kentucky"s nursing homes have ergonomics programs in place for their direct care workers, and that these programs appear to follow the model. In addition, findings indicate a significant relationship between ergonomics programs and MSD rates.

Included in

Nursing Commons