The nurse life is rewarding but tough, to say the least. While there are no shortcuts to making sure you provide your patients with the best care, there are things you can do to make your work life easier.
With these hacks, you’ll save time while improving your patients’ satisfaction:
1. Prime your IV slowly.
Tiny air bubbles may form when the flow is in full blast. Instead, clamp the tube first before filling the drip chamber and let the fluid drip slowly.
2. Use gauze when using a tourniquet to prevent hair-pulling.
Placing a thin sheet of gauze between the tourniquet and your patient’s skin will make the experience less painful for your patient as it avoids tugging the hair.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide is a great blood stain remover.
Bloodstains are no big deal for nurses, but nobody wants a blood-stained uniform. Scrub it off easily with some Hydrogen Peroxide.
4. Coffee powder is a good odor neutralizer.
If you can’t stand the smell of your station, place fresh coffee grounds in a bowl to absorb the foul odors in the air.
5. Peppermint oil is ideal for stinky situations.
Adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your mask during a code brown can help you deal with the situation better. Peppermint helps calm you down too.
6. Pause for a few seconds before leaving a room.
Before leaving a patient’s room, pause and look around if there is anything you left behind or have forgotten to do. This will save you from making a second trip later.
7. Alcohol swabs help fight off nausea.
Foul smells are something all nurses deal with but they’re just too overwhelming sometimes and cause nausea. An alcohol swab under the nose can help fight it off.
8. Try the triple-gloving method.
Wear three layers of gloves when dealing with a code brown situation. The first layer is for scooping waste, the second for replacing diapers, and the third for putting on new sheets.
9. Be patient with patients who have needle phobia.
Ask the patient to breathe in and out slowly for ten seconds to help him/her calm down. Tell your patient to wiggle his/ her toes too as a form of distraction.
10. Petroleum jelly removes dried bloodstains.
Sometimes, nurses are just too busy to even think of removing a fresh bloodstain, so it often dries out at the end of the day. Applying petroleum jelly can help remove it.
Nurses already work so hard every day so even saving just a few seconds can make a huge difference in a busy nurse’s life. Follow these tips to make your work life as a nurse easier, even for just a short while.