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In order to ensure the safety of patients and provide a healthy environment, there are several workplace hazards travel nurses need to be aware of.

Here are three hazards to think about when on an assignment as a travel nurse.

1. Avoid musculoskeletal injuries

While accidents do happen, when it comes to lifting heavy objects and transporting patients, you need to be sure to correctly carry out the task. Travel nurses should follow ergonomic principles in order to avoid injuries in their back and joints. Micro injuries can lead to long-term disability in the long run.

2. Infection control

One of the biggest hazards for travel nurses is being exposed  to injections diseases while on assignment. Hepatitis B (HBV) is the disease with the highest rate of contraction by healthcare professionals working in high-risk medical environments. In order to protect yourself, be sure to dispose of needles safely, sterilize all equipment properly, wash your hands, and wear gloves when handling bodily fluids.

3. Radiation exposure

Radiation is invisible and cannot really be sensed since it is odorless sand tasteless. Though healthcare professionals are trained on the dangers of radiation exposure and how to stay protected, having long-term exposure can cause damage to your body. Symptoms of radiation exposure includes:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • weakness
  • birth defects

If you work with or near radioactive materials, be sure to wear a badge or ring dosimeter to track your exposure over time.