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When the nurse lifts an object, proper body mechanics dictates that the nurse places his feet ______.

A 12in - 18in apart

When lifting any heavy object, start by placing your feet shoulder width apart, about 12-18 inches, with one foot slightly in front of the other. Squat down, bending only your hips and knees. Keep your back straight and shoulders back as you slowly stand. Never twist or turn when lifting. Hold the object close to your body, near your navel.