Nursing students are encouraged to bring their own bags for work, to help reduce the risk of injury while out in the community.
The New Zealand Nurses Union (NZNU) said the bag should be used for personal hygiene.
It’s an important feature of the modern workplace and should not be overlooked, says NZNU’s nurse and nursing lecturer Kate Dennett.
“When you’re not wearing a bag, it really is an issue that needs to be taken seriously and it’s important to know what you’re doing and how you’re working.”
The bag needs to go with the nurse.
There needs to to be a safe place where you can put the bag.
“Nursing students are also encouraged to use a small, padded glove to keep themselves safe while out of the office.
It is also important to have a safe working environment, and to make sure nurses are well-trained and trained well, Ms Dennett says.”
We’re really encouraging nurses to be able to work in safe environments and to have the right skills so that they’re ready to take on any situation.
“Nurses are encouraged not to wear masks during their shift, but nurses need to be wearing a surgical mask at all times, to protect themselves from infection and prevent exposure to the spread of the virus.
There are also some additional guidelines for nurses to follow, such as keeping their hands covered at all time during their shifts.
It also needs to continue to be encouraged for nurses and carers to be familiar with and use the latest protective gear, such a respirator, to reduce the chance of exposure.”
You want nurses to know that they should be wearing an appropriate protective mask and not to put on anything else and wear a medical glove to protect their hands,” Ms D Bennett says.
Ms Dennett said nurses are also expected to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially when travelling.”
It’s really important to make certain you’re eating well and you’re getting adequate rest.
“If you’re travelling, then you’re probably going to need to get a lot of sleep.”
What to wear to workNurses have an array of personal protective equipment available, including gloves, face shields, face masks, masks, gowns and hand warmers, to keep them cool and to keep out the virus from touching them.
However, nurses need extra protection in the office, because they may not be able access some of these items when in the public spaces.
“They’ll need to wear their protective gear on the way to work,” Ms Foy says.
While some nurses may have their own personal protective gear that can be worn to work, other nurses might have to use the nurses’ office, such that they have access to their personal protective item.
Ms Foy said there were also some extra steps that nurses need as they worked in the hospital, such with proper training and supervision.
“As nurses, you have a responsibility to know how to protect yourself, to make the right decisions, to work at a safe and secure place,” she says.
“And that’s really what it’s about.”
The New England Nurses Association (NENA) has issued a guidance on personal protective wear for nurses.
It outlines how nurses can wear their personal protection items, and also provides advice for nurses when they travel.
The NENA says nurses are encouraged, but also expected, to be prepared to be outside in the event of an outbreak.
“Nurses should always be aware of the risks associated with being outside in public spaces,” NENA’s nursing education manager, Laura Bowers, says.
In the event that an outbreak of the coronavirus does occur, nurses and other healthcare workers should wear appropriate protective gear and take the following precautions:Wear a surgical or medical mask while outside the workplace.
Use a surgical glove while you are out in public, such for example when you’re on the phone.
Avoid wearing a face shield while you work.
If you are exposed to the virus in a public space, wear a face mask.
Wear gloves when you work outside the hospital.
Warm up in a warm, dry, comfortable environment.
Use hand warmer when you are outside the office and wear it during your shift.
If a nurse becomes sick while outside in a crowded public space during the pandemic, use the hand warmest gloves, or put one on your hand while walking.
Nurses can contact the NENA for more information about the coronivirus and how to take care of themselves.