When dealing with patients who exhibit flu-like symptoms, nurses should take extra initiative to wash hands...
Omaha, NE (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
The flu season has proven to be one of the most severe in recent memory, which could pose an especially serious problem for a travel nurse, who may find him or herself on the front lines of battling illness. Aureus Medical Group (web: aureusmedical.com), a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing specializing in medical careers including travel nursing, suggests methods a travel nurse can use to remain flu-free during this especially potent season.
Get Vaccinated Early:
As most health outlets suggest, getting a flu shot is the most effective way to reduce the risk of becoming sick during travel nursing jobs. For those that have not already done so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges those in healthcare careers to do so as soon as possible.
According to the CDC, flu season began nearly a month ahead of schedule this year, meaning those who waited to get vaccinated were potentially putting themselves at a greater risk of exposure than those who were proactive. For a travel nurse, this period between the start of the flu season and a vaccination could be particularly dangerous.
Be Extra Cautious:
Prudence is a wise step for anyone during flu season, but is especially crucial for a travel nurse. When dealing with patients who exhibit flu-like symptoms, nurses should take extra initiative to wash hands and avoid unnecessary contact, particularly with very young or elderly patients, who are at an increased risk for infection. It is also important to take the time to disinfect surfaces and objects, such as medical equipment, that may have been exposed to the flu virus.
Follow Own Advice:
Although it is vital to take preventative measures, it is equally important for a travel nurse to act responsibly if she does catch the flu. As this year's vaccine is only approximately 60 percent effective, self-monitoring for any signs of infection is vital.
Because patients may be especially susceptible to the flu, it is important for those in the travel nursing profession to err on the side caution and stay home if they think they may have the virus. Additionally, it is important to get plenty of rest and fluids during the recovery period.
ABOUT AUREUS MEDICAL GROUP:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 40 years.