Becoming a nurse in Arizona is one of the most selfless acts one can ever do. This is because your life is dedicated to caring for and helping others out of their worst condition. Unfortunately, you can incur serious injuries that can affect you for a lifetime or even force you to quit. Here’s how you can avoid getting hurt at your job.
Use proper body mechanics
Whenever you need to move a patient, utilize a piece of equipment or get someone else to help you with the task. Whichever the case, you should always use proper body mechanics to protect your back and other joints. This means setting your feet in a flat solid base, raising the bed to a comfortable position and carrying the patient when they are close to your midsection. Generally, ensure that your spine is in a neutral position at all times, and if it can’t, then the patient is too heavy for you.
Be aware of your environment
Before starting your shift, take a moment to scan your work area for any potential hazards. This may include loose electric codes, obstacles on the way, liquids and other work tools. Most nurses who file for workers’ compensation claims are usually victims of fall injuries or hurt by a piece of equipment while at work.
Keep your environment clean
Next, you want to ensure that your workplace is well organized and clean. Remove any clutter, wipe wet floors, and put your tools in the right places. Someone walking into your workstation should find it easier to operate or pick up where you left off because of how well-organized you are.
Get enough rest
Adequate amounts of sleep (eight hours) is paramount for people that are very active during work their shift. Sleep is a natural stress reliever, meaning it lowers the levels of cortisol built up in your bloodstream during work. When cortisol is reduced, the pituitary gland produces more growth hormones that help rebuild and nourish injured tissues. Also, take breaks during your shift.
Caring for patients is noble and benevolent, but you can only do so if you take care of yourself first. Take the proper precautions and encourage your colleagues to make your workplace safe.