How nurses can stay safe on the job
Nurses face a variety of hazards at work, including exposure to sharp objects and pathogens. In addition, they may also be at risk of getting hurt while interacting with patients. However, there are a variety of steps that Georgia nurses can take to minimize their chances of getting hurt on the job.
Seek assistance when attempting to move patients
Workers’ compensation claims from nurses often result from injuries related to patient transfers. Ideally, you will seek the assistance of a fellow staff member when attempting to move a large or unresponsive patient. If your colleagues are too busy to help, it may be a good idea to use a mechanized lifting tool to help accomplish this task.
Getting plenty of sleep each night means that you are less likely to make a mistake while on the job. Furthermore, taking a yoga class, a bubble bath before bed or a walk around the neighborhood after work can help to reduce your stress level. Reducing your stress level can boost your immune system and minimize your odds of getting sick.
Keep floors clean
If you notice blood, water or other liquids on the floor, be sure to clean it up as quickly as possible. Doing so may prevent someone else from falling and suffering a serious injury. If you aren’t comfortable cleaning up a mess yourself, call someone who has the time and tools necessary to do so on your behalf.
If you are the victim of a workplace injury, it may be possible to collect workers’ compensation benefits. This may be true even if you played a role in causing the accident that led to your injuries. An attorney might help you file a claim for benefits or determine why your claim hasn’t been resolved in a timely manner.