Maintaining Good Health and Safety as a CNA

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Being healthy is the state of being well both body and mind wise, while safety is the condition of one being free from risks and danger. Employees from any given field are required to carry out risk assessments, followed by implementing necessary measures. CNA’s have an obligation of taking reasonable care of their health and safety by following procedures laid out. Their protection should be followed since their health and safety is of importance to themselves over and above to their patients. A nurse assistant; injury, infections, a problem in mental health or any other disease, impairs their services, making them not to execute their duties. It is therefore vital to ensure good health and safety as a nurse is maintained in every aspect at work. This is done by keenly following a number of practices

Wearing of protective clothing like gloves is a vital safety for every certified nursing assistant. However some nurses have latex allergies and it is advisable to use gloves made from synthetic materials. This is because even if a person has shown no signs, allergies can still be developing. With recent technological developments, needle sticks should be handled with safety to cover over sharps.  Don’t get around the safety features for the sake of convenience or time. In case your facility does not employ safe needles, formally request them to change to the type that have a cap for your safety sake.

It is a mistake to employ pulling when lifting or moving patients. Pushing is the safe manner and should be done as close as possible to the patient’s bed to prevent strain. Ensure that your arms are kept as far away from your core as possible. When lifting something from the floor, get down in an encroached position; pull the weight towards yourself close enough and pull up with your legs to lift. This will saves you from the constant back aches which are familiar to many nurse aides.

For nurses violence in the workplace happen a number of times unfortunately. Whether it’s a drunken person, a mentally ill patient among others, a guard should be at a close distance when dealing with patients. When you suspect a situation might get out of hand, bring a coworker along. A nurse door is also to be always kept clear to have an easy exit way. Your patients should not come between you and your door. In addition consider putting your stethoscope and your ID name tag in your pocket to cub grabbing.

Success in your career as you practice good health and safety measures.



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