Top tips for Nurses to put patient safety first

Top tips for Nurses to put patient safety first
Top tips for Nurses to put patient safety first

posted 17 Apr 22

When it comes to healthcare, there’s no disputing that patient safety should be a top priority at all times. However, given the sheer volume of patients, in comparison to staffing numbers, it’s not surprising that there is room for mistakes to be made. 

If you’re new to the nursing scene and still learning the ropes in regard to your role, then read our handy guide to promote patient safety. 

1. Make sure your patients are on the same page as you in terms of their safety

​Educating patients on everything from proper prescription use and storage to dietary restrictions is one of the most effective ways to promote patient safety. 

Make sure your patients are aware of the dangers of misusing their prescription medication you have given them and let them know exactly what they need to do when they leave the hospital. Not only will it give them confidence for when they return home, but it will also reduce the likelihood of them returning to the hospital. 

2. Take your time when following patient care procedures 

2. Take your time when following patient care procedures 

Although nurses need to be quick on their feet, it’s important to remember that speed doesn’t always equate to efficiency when performing tasks. Slow down and ensure that you’re following all the standard procedures when inserting catheters or chest tubes. These are two of the most common scenarios where patient safety can improve, so brush up on your skillset and make sure your work is done correctly. 

3. Maintain an immaculate hygiene standard

​It should go without saying that hospitals must be clean at all times. However, in the rush to get things done, it’s easy to overlook regular cleanliness procedures. From nurses coughing into their hands to someone forgetting to disinfect a surface, germs can easily spread. In a setting where people are already sick and vulnerable, this can be a deadly mistake. It’s not only important to make sure that your hands are clean but to pay close attention to disinfecting your patients’ skin and anything that will come in contact with them. Keep an eye on your colleagues too, everyone can benefit from a friendly reminder to do or not to do something that may have become a bad habit. 

4. Remember to take care of others, you must first look after yourself

​Perhaps the most essential way to promote patient safety is to practice self-care. If you feel that you’re working too many hours or caring for too many patients at one time, you should address the issue with your line manager to determine what reasonable adjustments can be made to ease your workload. 

The most important thing to remember is that although you won’t always have control over the fast-paced nature of your role, you ultimately have autonomy over your own self-care. Finding a way to avoid burnout will improve patient safety, as by taking care of yourself, you’ll be able to give better care to your patients. There are many strategies you can use to avoid burnout, such as breathing exercises, staying hydrated, and following a healthy diet.  

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