While patient safety is a top priority in healthcare, nurses also need to consider their own safety and follow proper workplace safety procedures.

The risks associated with illness and injury in the field is very real. Nurses have to do a lot of heavy lifting, and it can take a toll on the body, especially the back. Always use appropriate assistive lifting devices when available, and ask for help from coworkers when needed.

Wear proper protective gear when handling hazardous substances, such as certain prescription drugs. Lastly, don’t be afraid to speak up to supervisors if policies and procedures are not being followed. Workplace safety should be a priority for both employers and employees.