Nursing is one of the most difficult professions in all of California. If you’re a nurse, it’s important to stay healthy and injury-free at work. Here are tips to keep you safe.
Know how to safely handle needles and other sharps
One of the most common ways nurses sustain on-the-job injuries is by improperly handling needles and other sharps. These items should never be recapped. Proper disposal is also important. Never bend the needle tip when disposing of sharps.
Stay up on your vaccinations
Keep up to date on all your vaccinations. It can prevent you from contracting certain illnesses and blunt the effects of others if you do get sick. Vaccination is also the best way to prevent spreading illnesses to patients, coworkers and family members.
Wear personal protective equipment
Whenever you have to tend to patients with contagious illnesses or handle blood, it’s important to wear personal protective equipment. This consists of gowns, face masks, face shields, goggles and gloves to protect you from coming into contact with blood, airborne germs and bodily fluids.
Wash your hands regularly
Washing your hands regularly is a great way to prevent illness. Between handling sick patients or placing your hands on surfaces where pathogens can be spread, use warm water and soap and wash for at least 20 seconds.
Wear appropriate shoes
Nurses should wear good shoes with traction on the soles to prevent slip and fall accidents. You’re on your feet most of your shift and need the support of the appropriate footwear to perform your duties.
Practice good body mechanics
Many nurses file workers’ compensation claims after suffering repetitive motion injuries. Be mindful of your body when lifting, bending and stretching. It can prevent this type of injury.
These practices can help keep nurses safe.