Nurses are one of the most important members of the medical profession in New Jersey. They provide care to patients who are often sick and vulnerable. It is essential that nurses take measures to protect their own health and safety in order to provide the best possible care for their patients. Some of the ways to stay safe include:
Using the lift and transfer equipment
Most nursing injuries result from overextension and lifting patients without using the proper equipment. Sometimes, when someone is in a rush or during an emergency, they might think that it is too time-consuming to get such equipment or that the patient is light enough to carry. But, constantly doing that puts a strain on your body, and you might get injured in the long run. So, whenever possible, use the lift and transfer equipment to move patients. This will help reduce your risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries such as back pain or herniated discs.
Wear the right shoes
Many nurses work long hours on their feet and are constantly moving around. If you do not wear shoes that provide adequate support, you are at a higher risk for developing foot problems such as bunions or plantar fasciitis and lower back pain. Consider a proper fit, non-slip shoes with good arc cushioning and support.
Take breaks often
Nursing is a highly physically demanding job. You can stay on your feet all through your shift sometimes. But however much you are passionate about work, you must take breaks after every hour to avoid overextension and fatigue. You could even use that time to do some light stretching to increase blood flow throughout your body.
Get vaccinated against bloodborne pathogens
Hospitals and other medical facilities are ridden with all kinds of dangerous pathogens. That is why workers’ compensation exists to cover medical bills and lost wages for nurses that unfortunately get ill or injured at work. So, before handling patients, ensure you get vaccinated for diseases like Hepatitis B, C, flu, and others.
Nursing injuries and illnesses are serious problems that should not be taken lightly. If you are in pain or feel like something is wrong, don’t ignore it. Other people’s safety depends on yours.