As nurses, your work allows you to help those in need. You are a constant caretaker and you have the big heart and laundry pile of scrubs to prove it. However, when your profession revolves around assisting the wounded and sick, it’s important to take care of yourself as well. These are the health precautions the most seasoned nurses take to stay their healthiest and happiest! Keep It Clean This may seem obvious, but as a healthcare professional, you know all too well how far germs from coughs, sneezes, and other bodily actions can travel! From a young age we are constantly told to wash our hands, but in order to fight off germs and protect themselves, nurses go above and beyond the basic before-you-eat and after-using-the-restroom rules. Honestly is it possible to wash your hands too often? We also recommend thoroughly cleaning your scrubs in the wash and sanitizing your belongings like your phone and stethoscope with a wipe in order to ensure that any bacteria is fully removed. Eat, Drink, And Sleep…Seriously In order to best take care of yourself, you’re going to need to start with the basics. This means eating, drinking, and sleeping well and properly. While this may sound like a given, it can be easy to forget about yourself when you’re in the middle of a busy 10 or 12-hour shift. Sip water throughout the day and take short breaks to eat healthy snacks in order to keep your energy up. Eat, drink, and sleep like it’s a requirement for your job—because in a way, it is. Taking care of your patients starts with taking care of yourself. So pack a healthy lunch and head to sleep an hour early. You definitely deserve it. Keep Up With Your Routines Healthcare is important, there’s no denying it, but self care is vital too! Stay your happiest and healthiest by keeping up with your personal routines. Take your vitamins, get in a recommended amount of exercise, and don’t skimp on your own doctor’s visits. Also make time for yourself outside of work to hang out with friends, explore the area around your assignment or pursue a hobby. Your mental wellbeing is just as essential as your physical health, and it’s important to remember that you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself first. Value your health as you would a patient’s! Working long shifts, caring for with patients, and living in a new area can all wear down your immune system, but if you follow these tips you should be fine! Want more articles on nursing tips? Follow Team Trinity on Twitter!
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