SNHP | Senior Nursing Poster Session

Title

Reducing Needle Sticks in Healthcare Employees

Presenter Information

Payton CriderFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

Minor

N/A

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Dr. Marcia Hobbs, DNS, RN

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Healthcare professionals all over the United States provide quality care to millions of Americans each year but who is left to care for those healthcare providers when they are ill or injured? Often times, nurses get so caught up in caring for others that they forget to take time to tend to their own needs and care for themselves. In fact, individuals in the nursing profession have one of the highest rates of self-neglect of any profession in the world. One of the most common reasons that nurses miss work is because of an injury that occurred while they were at work. Among the different types of workplace injuries that nurses incur each year, sharps injuries or needle sticks are at the top of the list. Sharps injuries are commonly the result of using hazardous equipment under high pressure circumstances. As the demand for healthcare rises and the shortage of nurses grows, sharps injuries continue to be a problem in healthcare facilities. Evidence has shown that there is a strong demand for implementing education programs regarding needle stick injuries and insuring that a policy is set forth by the facility which describes the proper procedure in the inevitable event that a sharps injury occurs.

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Nursing

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Reducing Needle Sticks in Healthcare Employees

Healthcare professionals all over the United States provide quality care to millions of Americans each year but who is left to care for those healthcare providers when they are ill or injured? Often times, nurses get so caught up in caring for others that they forget to take time to tend to their own needs and care for themselves. In fact, individuals in the nursing profession have one of the highest rates of self-neglect of any profession in the world. One of the most common reasons that nurses miss work is because of an injury that occurred while they were at work. Among the different types of workplace injuries that nurses incur each year, sharps injuries or needle sticks are at the top of the list. Sharps injuries are commonly the result of using hazardous equipment under high pressure circumstances. As the demand for healthcare rises and the shortage of nurses grows, sharps injuries continue to be a problem in healthcare facilities. Evidence has shown that there is a strong demand for implementing education programs regarding needle stick injuries and insuring that a policy is set forth by the facility which describes the proper procedure in the inevitable event that a sharps injury occurs.