Nurses have a fairly hazardous job with a lot of occupational risks. Injuries are common, and they can be quite serious. Not only is it important for nurses to understand this risk, but they also need to know what they can do to stay safe and healthy on the job.
To help, here are a number of tips that you can implement on a daily basis:
- Never pull a patient if you have to move them. Always push. This protects your body -- especially the back and the spine -- from injury.
- Similarly, if you have to help someone up or even pick them up, do not bend and lift with your back. Instead, squat down and lift with your legs.
- Make sure you know what allergies you have to things like latex, medications, drugs and much more. Try to limit your exposure when you can.
- Try to avoid distractions. This is a busy profession, with a lot going on, but even a moment of distraction can lead to a mistake, a fall, or all manner of injuries.
- Do not rush. You may need to hurry, but know your limits. It is usually better to slow down and stay safe than to rush and put yourself in harm's way.
- Take care of yourself. Eat well. Get enough sleep. Get some exercise. Make sure you're physically and mentally ready for work, especially when you have a long shift.
These tips can help you, to be sure. They do not guarantee, however, that you will never get hurt on the job. If you do, make sure you know what legal options you have.