Staying Safe on Assignment

Written by Super User on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Posted in On the Job

Our nurses are our number one priority! That's why it's imperative for you to stay safe on assignment—through everyday safety and personal health practices.

It's important to take safety precautions at different points during your day. Follow these tips to stay safe and healthy during your travel nursing assignment.

While traveling to and from work

  • Listen to the weather report. Is inclement weather headed your way? Depending on where you are located, you may need to plan for travel during high winds, excessive rain or snowstorms. Listen to the weather report and factor enough time into your travel so you can arrive at your destination safely.
  • Keep emergency items in your car. In case of extreme weather or an incident, such as a flat tire, keep the proper emergency items in your car. Consider a snowbrush, snow shovel, extra clothing, first aid kit, flashlight, emergency snacks, bottled water and a car jack.
  • Maintain your vehicle. Decrease the likelihood of a car breakdown by performing regular maintenance on your vehicle. Make sure the tires are in good shape, and get scheduled oil changes.
  • Be aware of your parking spot. Always park in a well-lit area, close to others. If you feel uncomfortable walking to and from your car—especially if your shift begins or ends at night—carpool with a co-worker so you can walk together.

While on the job

  • Get vaccinated. Your facility likely requires you to be vaccinated against various diseases before you begin your assignment. Your Health Providers Choice recruiter can help ensure you have received the proper vaccinations before you begin your assignment.
  • Prevent blood-borne infection. Practice exposure control to prevent contact with blood-borne diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis. Wear gloves, a gown, a mask and eye protection, where necessary. Use caution when handling sharp, potentially hazardous items, such as needles. Dispose of needles promptly in the receptacles your facility has designated.
  • Be careful with hazardous chemicals. Follow your facility's Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each chemical you work with on the job. MSDS provide valuable information about how to handle chemicals safely.
  • Protect your back. If you must lift a patient or object during your shift, first assess the situation. Is the load more than you can handle by yourself? Consider the help of another person, or use a mechanical aid. When you lift, squat to pick the object up, and focus the stress on your legs, keeping the load as close to your body as possible.

Keep yourself safe and well!

As a travel nurse, your safety is our utmost concern. Follow these tips to keep yourself well during your travel-nursing placement.

Looking for your next travel nursing assignment?

Our recruiters will provide you with all the information you need for the best possible experience during your best-fit travel nursing assignment. Contact us today to learn more!

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