Once the temperature drops, nurses need to add a few items to their essentials list. One of the most important things to have handy is a moisturizing skin lotion. With so much hand washing, nurses often find their skin dry and cracked during the winter. Keep them hydrated with a quality cream.

An undershirt for layering is also a must. Choose a moisture absorbing material to keep you comfortable and warm in the workplace.

Finally, for nurses who work in home healthcare and travel daily in their cars, it’s crucial to have safety items in the vehicle. These should include extra gloves, a blanket, hand warmers, an ice scraper, and a small shovel.