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What are the saftey precautions in Registered Nursing?

Asked Calais, Maine

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Hannah’s Answer

This has a lot of information, but this is the government's primary resource for Safety and Nurses. OSHA (the federal government's office of worker safety) put out this website all about safety: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/patient_handling.html

See in particular this memo from 2015: https://www.osha.gov/dep/enforcement/inpatient_insp_06252015.html. In summary it seems like some of the biggest concerns are:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) relating to patient or resident handling,
  • Workplace violence (WPV),
  • Bloodborne pathogens (BBP),
  • Tuberculosis (TB), and
  • Slips, trips and falls (STFs).

Here are some thoughts from Nurse.com: https://www.nurse.com/blog/2016/11/16/what-nurses-need-to-know-about-workplace-safety/

I think the thing to consider is how prepared your place of work will be for these hazards, or how seriously they consider them! So it's good to be aware of them, and when you're considering a place to work, make sure to ask how they prevent these hazards! Or help existing nurses be safe :)