The nursing practice is one of the most vulnerable in terms of exposure to bio hazards. Not only do these bio hazards found in the fluid and blood of the patients that nurses treat, but it is also found in the air, in the drinking water of a hospital, in the bathrooms, and even at close proximity from one nurse to a patient who is contagious.
This being said, there will never be enough gloves, face masks or goggles to protect nurses from these particular instances where hazardous materials are all around. The next best step is to find alternative ways for safety that not only protect the practitioner externally but, hopefully and if possible, from the inside out.
Therefore, a nurse should become aware of the surroundings and the dangers that inhabit therein. A misplaced object can make a huge difference between having an accident or not. Imagine needles that are not well-disposed of, or any other hazardous work material that may contain infections residue not being taken care of properly. Even something that may seem as simple as a stepping stool can be a work hazard if it is not found when it is needed, or if it is in bad condition when it is put to use. Nursing is a fulfilling and productive profession,but working with humans at their worst (when they are ill and in terrible conditions) entails a lot of problem solving, logical thinking, critical thinking, focal intuition, and thinking ahead. No person who joins a profession that requires so much human power and involvement can enter the field without being prepared mentally, physically, and tool-wise way ahead of time. This is how safety is such an important component, and a potential life-saver- in the life of a nurse.