Nursing is OFFICIALLY the most dangerous job in the UK. (I wonder if they have taken professional boxer or miner into the equation?). We deal with more COSHH (control of substances hazarous to health) than ANY other job or profession. It makes me wonder if anyone (I am sure you have) has REALLY sat and thought about hazards they deal with. Here we go:
*Sexual harrassment and comments from patients who are fully "with it" cognitively. Bet we have ALL had this one. One of my collegues recently had a valentines card from a really creepy patient who constantly made comments about "sexy nurses".
*Assault from patients who are either confused or just wankers
*Bodily fluids: blood, semen, vomit, sputum, poo, weewee, wound goo, saliva.
esp. patients with trache's who cough while being suctioned which flies out the trache quicker than a rat out a drain pipe.
*Toxic Drugs: eg; which six months down the line after using them for so long, you find that you shouldn't handle them if you're within child-bearing-age.
*Oxygen: blows up, dries skin and nasal passage.
*Infectious disease, eg chest infection etc etc etc etc etc etc
*Spillages of hazardous substances
*If you wear gloves a great deal, they make your hands sweat and itchy, whether you have an allergy or not. Then there is the fact that gloves let microbes through anyway.
*Constant hand-washing drying skin out
*The fact we work nights takes TIME OFF OUR LIFE EXPENCTANCY. You're body clock is non-existent due to working nights, then days, then nights again. Eek.
If anyone would like to add to the above, you're quite welcome!