Nurses face workplace dangers that other health care providers do not have to worry about. Whether you work at a New Jersey clinic, hospital, emergency room, or home health agency, there are safety tips that could benefit you.
Busy environments require more caution
You do not cut corners. However, someone else might. Perhaps someone was in a rush and forgot to dispose of instruments that were used on a sick patient, for example. You can come into contact with contaminants and potentially get sick, meaning that you need to be vigilant at all times in busy workplaces.
There are also the back injuries that come from lifting heavy boxes or assisting patients. Initially, you may not feel the pain; however, it can catch up with you at the end of the day.
Safety tips can protect you from some injuries
There is no shame in asking for help. If there is no certified nursing aide to assist with lifting a load or patient, you may want to ask another health care provider to step in. The same goes for lifting heavy boxes and equipment. However, it is far more difficult to prevent infection when someone else cuts corners.
It is a good idea to work at a pace that allows you to make modifications to your actions if you are unsure that a specific task is safe. Sometimes, the extra 20 seconds you spend putting on another pair of disposable gloves to put a piece of trash into a container could save your health.
Of course, if you do get hurt, workers’ comp should have your back. It allows you to get the treatment you need when an injury or illness makes it difficult or impossible to perform your tasks.
If you have trouble with a claim, it may benefit you to discuss your situation with an attorney.