In an age of Chronic Disease, Misinformation, and Coronavirus, Health Care workers have an important Front-line role to ensure the effective care and accurate information delivery to our patients. We often think this role is for our Primary Healthcare providers like GPs, their Nurses, and even hospitals. But the journey really starts well before that. Today I want to share a little bit about my journey through Preventative Nursing and the role it plays in our society.
For those who haven’t been keeping up with my recent posts, I have been Nursing for a Local Meat Works as their onsite Nurse. Not what I pictured myself doing post-grad, but I truly love my job and wouldn’t change it for anything. Among other things like emergency response, daily dressings, wound management, immunisations, and medical screening, I have also been made responsible for the entire COVID-19 response. This has meant that I have been the one to organise the hand sanitiser, temperature screening of staff, declarations for visitors, and implementing some 15 new policies and procedures into the workplace. None of this is what would be considered main stream Nursing, but it is all preventative. Without these measures the plant is vulnerable to COVID-19, and Influenza, the Common Cold, and a myriad of other diseases to which the precautionary measures will be effective as well. By taking these measures, and ensuring the safety of all 685 staff, it also means there aren’t a ton of new patients for the GPs, and hospitals.
Outside of COVID-19 the Preventative measures don’t stop, there is still Influenza Vaccines, Physio programs, Stretching and Workplace exercises, Health promotional activities, and general workplace safety. All of these measures are designed and implemented to ensure that the staff are kept out of mainstream medical centres and avoid being injured or falling ill. This also limits the number of sick days being taken, which is great for the business, and also great for the staff.
I am not the only type of Preventative Nurse out there, there are also our Aged Care brothers and Sisters, Community Care Nurses, and the extensive Multi-Disciplinary team such as Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Nutritionists, and Exercise Physiologists. All of whom work tirelessly to manage Chronic Disease, limit Acute Illnesses, and ensure the best physical shape a person can achieve.
Who out there would consider themselves a Preventative Nurse? Is there a field I have missed? Comment below and share your experiences through your every day role.
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