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How to avoid nursing injuries

Nurses who work in New Jersey hospitals and other settings face a number of hazards to their health each day. However, if you are one of them, there may be steps that you can take to reduce your risk of getting hurt on the job. Your employer also has an obligation to take reasonable action to keep you safe while at work.

Ask for help

If you are having trouble lifting a patient, it’s imperative that you ask for help instead of trying to overcome the challenge on your own. This is because trying to lift more than your body can handle may lead to a strained muscle or a bone fracture. You may also put the health and safety of your patient at risk. Machines may be available to assist with the process of moving large individuals if your colleagues are unable to help.

Get rid of clutter

Ideally, you will pick up objects, clean up spills or take care of any hazards that you encounter while at work. If you can’t take care of a potential hazard on your own, call for someone who can do so in a timely manner. Keeping your workspace free of clutter can reduce the odds of a slip, trip or fall that could result in a long-term injury. In the event that you are hurt while performing tasks for your employer, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Wash your hands

Establishing a basic hygiene routine can significantly minimize your risk of getting sick. Engaging in something as simple as washing your hands can keep them free of germs or viruses that could be transported to your nose, mouth or eyes each time that you touch your face.