10 Healthy Habits at Work for Nurses

by May 4, 2018Health and Wellness, Posture and Ergonomics

How can I prevent injuries from happening in the first place?

1. Take Stretching Breaks

Nurses are constantly on the go moving from patient to patient. If you are spending an extended period of time doing one task, make sure to take a 5 to 10 minute break to stretch.

2. Invest in Good Running Shoes

If you are standing all day it is important to invest in comfortable and supportive running shoes that fit properly. We recommend going to a good footwear store. LadySport – has a great selection of shoes and knowledgable staff to help.

3. Set Up Your Monitor Correctly

When you are doing administrative work at a computer, make sure the top of the monitor is at eye level. This helps you keep a neutral spine and avoids flexing and extending your neck.

4. Adjust Your Chair

Make sure that your knees are bent at 90 degrees when you are sitting in a chair. Adjust the height of your chair so that your knees bend to 90 degrees and your feet are flat on the floor. If you can’t adjust your chair place books, or a footstool under your chair so that your knees are bent at 90 degrees.

5. Have Good Sleeping Posture

We all spend a good amount of time sleeping each day. To help relieve back and neck pain, or prevent back and neck pain from poor sleeping posture, check out our How Can I Sleep Better article for more tips.

6. Switch Your Chair Out for a Stool

Using a stool makes it easier for you to place your feet flat on the ground. A stool also helps you keep your core engaged while sitting.

7. Use Good Lifting Technique

  • Do not attempt to lift by bending forward. Bend your hips and knees to squat down to your load, keep it close to your body, and straighten your legs to lift.

  • Never lift a heavy object above shoulder level.

  • Avoid turning or twisting your body while lifting or holding a heavy object

  • Hold the load as close to your body as possible, around your belly button

  • Try to keep your back straight and core engaged. Use your legs and gluteus muscles to lift.

8. Use Proper Pulling Technique

  • Stay close to the object being pulled

  • Bend arms at the elbows and lean your weight away from object

  • Engage your core and try to keep a straight back when pulling

9. Use Proper Pushing Technique

  • Stay close to the object being pushed

  • Bend arms at the elbows and lean your weight towards object

  • Take frequent breaks as needed

  • Engage your core and try to maintain a straight back when pushing

10. Don’t Forget to Drink Water

Take care of yourself so you can take care of others, make sure to take the time to drink water, and take breaks for yourself as needed. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us, or book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists. 

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