you do back exercises and help build your core muscles, you will help prevent those back injuries as well.and back injuries are the most common ergonomic injury. They are so prevalent that OSHA has a guide about back injury of healthcare workers. Repetitive Stress Injury, RSI, normally affects people who spend a lot of time with computers. Your most common one is your carpal tunnel and your mouse elbow. Some computer stations are very poorly designed and those create the highest risk for causing people issues. Now some of the things you can do to help prevent the RSI is to make sure you keep the monitor straightahead about an arm’s length away and you want the center of the monitor to be right where your eyes would land if you are looking straight ahead. You want your forearms, wrist, hands parallel to the floor. You want the keyboard that is you want your forearms, wrist and hands parallel to the floor you don’t want them to bend. You want the mouse position right next to you at the same level of the keyboard. Of
course body alignment you want your legs straight and parallel to the floor from your thighs, your feet touching the floor. You want to vary your task; you don’t want to sit for long periods of time. Use your fingertips for typing instead of banging on the keys. And keep your fingernails short, this keeps you from having to try to work around the keyboard as well as the issue as most places it is against their policy for you to have long nails because it creates bacterial problems and infection problems and injury to your patients as well.Now impaired workers. They can cause a lack of quality patient care, a decrease in morale and staff retention on a unit. Some common signs of impairment. When you are witnessing an employee consuming alcohol and other substances on the job, that is a common sign; yeah you can see that. You can look at their dress, posture, gestures, do they look like they just climbed out of bed and like they haven’t slept in a week, those kinds of things that lead people to think you are kind of on something so you have got to make sure you’ve got a clean uniform and pressed, that your hair is washed, you’ve had a bath, you‘ve got on deodorant, your nails aren’t in total disarray that sort of thing. If the employee speech is slurred, they have nasty, abusive or incoherent language, those are all some common symptoms of or signs of impairment. Also reports from patients or coworkers about that person. Witnessing the unprofessional conduct. If they’ve got a huge lack of attention to detail and if you see them if you witness them stealing controlled substances. If a person is one who continuously forgets so to speak, to have someone witness the waste of narcotics, and when you have patients routinely continue to ask for pain medicine after the documented pain medicine, it might warrant talking to the patient, “did you get medicine such and such a time?” and that of course also depends on them being mentally competent. You can also ask these questions to a family member in the room as well.Now impaired nurse programs. Most of your employers in 37 boards of nursing have strict guidelines.
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