What are some safety concerns facing nurses today? How does a dress code relate to safety in the workplace? Explain your answer. Safety concerns that nurses face today are about injury, these injuries are causes by needle sticks, heavy lifting, and sometimes our patient’s. Dress code relates to our job because we are exposed to biohazardous substances. So we wear scrubs we can change out of if soiled. We wear closed toes shoes to prevent injuries to our feet. In the OR and cath lab nurses wear lead shields to protect themselves from radiation. Personal protect equipment is worn when a patient is suspected to have or has a known communicable disease. According to Anderson & de Chesnay health care workers assigned to care for TB patients must wear PPE and follow their facilities policies. I think in the future we will see changes in our policies that work to protect the facility as well as the nurse. For example our policy is to not lift more then 30 lbs (no laughing) this helps cover the hospital from paying for our back injuries. When this policy came to be our hospital also bought mechanical lifts to help us with patient transfers. In all I think nurses need to be carful to prevent injuries and having dress codes is another means to protect us.
Anderson, B., & de Chesnay, M. (2008). Caring for the vulnerable perspectives in nursing theory, practice, and research (2nd ed.). Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database.