Nurses have tough jobs. It’s important for them to take their health and safety seriously while on the job. Here is an article discussing why you, as a nurse, should check your own health and safety from time to time.
It’s no secret that being a nurse can be a thankless job, but what some people do not know is that being a nurse can also be hazardous to your health if you are not careful about how you handle yourself at work. Nurses carry a lot of stress, a common symptom of their occupation, and they also handle sharp instruments often. These are just a few of the many things nurses should be aware of when they clock in.
As a nurse, you are expected to check blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and take blood samples from patients, among many other duties. Taking a patient’s blood must be done in a safe manner for the benefit of both the nurse and the patient. If a nurse is not careful with the needle, especially after taking blood, she could cause quite a bit of harm to herself or her patient. Used needles must be handled as hazardous waste and must be disposed as such. This is especially important to remember when a patient is being tested for HIV or other diseases that spread through contact with bodily fluids.
It is a sad but true statement that some patients can and will get physical with their nurse. This does not imply that they are attempting to “get fresh” with the nurse (though that may happen as well), but rather that they assault their nurse! Many nurses are concerned with their safety when it comes to dealing with overly violent patients, and who can blame them? If you worked in a place where you constantly had to stick needles into people, give them medicines that make them feel more ill, and delivering bad news about their health, you would fear for your life too.
It’s important for nurses to be aware of working too many hours. Overworking oneself is the best way to start stress-induced health problems. Nurses should keep track of how many hours they work, and if they do feel their workload is too much, they must talk to their supervisor about cutting their hours. As much as they might need that money from working those extra hours, they need to stay healthy in order to function well enough to work at all.
There comes a time in every nurse’s career when they will have to lift a patient, and it will probably be way more than just once. Safety measures are being taken to make this procedure safer for nurses, but musculoskeletal disorders are still a major concern in the nursing world. Being careful about lifting patients is simply not enough. This practice should be phased out as quickly as possible in order to preserve the health of these hard-working nurses. The worst part is that many nurses will push through the musculoskeletal pain they may develop when handling patients, which can lead to health problems much worse than the initial pain.
Knowing is half the battle, so if you still feel called to be a nurse, look for nursing schools online. By learning about the different types of nurse profiles, you can choose an occupation that is right for you.
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