Safety tips for nurses

When you first became a nurse, your main focus was helping people. You did not give much thought to the dangers that were actually lurking around every corner. Even on a slow day, you could easily hurt your back lifting a patient or come into contact with some other hazardous situation. What about the times when it seems like you are constantly on the edge, running from patient to patient, and so frazzled you are on the verge of forgetting your own name?

Staying safe on the job is a must for every nurse. The last thing any nurse wants to do is to end a shift as a patient instead of a staff member. For some tips to help you stay safe at work, read below.

Avoid needlesticks

It may seem more convenient to skip a few procedures when you are working with needles, but it is important to remember that those rules are in place for a reason. Take advantage of the safe technology that is available when it comes to working with needles. Keep those sharps covered to stay safe from any unwanted pricks.

Protect your back when lifting patients

When it comes to your back, anything you can to protect it from strain is a good thing. If the hospital you work for in St. Paul has mechanical lifting equipment, use that. If not, be sure to position yourself so that you are pushing the patient instead of pulling him or her. Get as close to the bed as you can and keep your arms close to your core to avoid any unnecessary back injuries.

Keep it healthy off the clock

When you are home, be sure you are taking proper care of yourself. This means you should be getting plenty of rest, eating healthy and getting in at least 30 minutes of cardio daily. By getting enough rest, relaxation and engaging in recreational activities, you can keep yourself from burning out. A balanced diet and daily cardio will help you fend off cardiovascular disease. Working day-in and day-out without taking proper care of yourself can cause you to lose focus and possibly result in an accident. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of the patients.

While the above tips can help you stay safe at work, it is not always possible to avoid every accident. If you have suffered a workplace injury, you might be able to receive workers' compensation benefits to help you with medical expenses and to supplement your income while you have to miss work.

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