Nurses have very important care-taking jobs, which makes it even more frustrating when they end up hurting themselves on the job. With a few simple strategies, you can minimize your risks and avoid injury. Here are five ways to prevent nursing injuries at work.
Wear appropriate shoes
It’s important to wear supportive and comfortable shoes while you’re performing nursing duties. Choose non-skid shoes that have good arch support and are made from durable materials. Avoid wearing high heels or sandals while you’re working as they can lead to falls and other injuries.
Take breaks often
It’s important to take breaks often to give your body and mind a rest and to avoid strain injuries while working as a nurse. Make sure to take a quick rest at least every hour, and take a longer break once per shift.
Use proper lifting techniques
When you need to lift something, use the correct technique. This means keeping your back straight, bending at the knees and using your leg muscles to lift the object. Never try to lift something with just your arms and back.
Stay aware of your surroundings
It’s essential to stay aware of what’s happening around you on the job. Make sure that everything is where it’s supposed to be, and don’t reach for objects in high places until you know they won’t fall on top of you.
Avoid carrying heavy loads
It’s important to avoid carrying heavy loads while you’re on the job as this can lead to injuries. Try get help from other staff members whenever possible to complete tasks that require lifting or carrying.
What to do when you get injured at work
Under California workers’ compensation law, any individual who suffers an injury or illness because of their job is entitled to compensation benefits. To get what you deserve, you will follow three steps: reporting the injury to HR and your employer, filing the claim with your employer and filing an application for adjudication of claim with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
Avoiding injuries at work should be a priority. Some workplace injuries or illnesses can disfigure or affect you for life. If you happen to sustain one, act fast to get the workers’ comp benefits you deserve.