We hear a lot about the need for caregivers to be cared for. Nurses are no small exception to this. Nurses are a vital link in the healthcare chain. The last thing that a patient needs is for the nurse to be operating at anything less than his or her best due to working in a state of discomfort or fatigue. Studies show that standing for long periods can lead to discomfort in the lower extremities. Also, fatigue can have a profound impact on the alertness and concentration of a caregiver. If a nurse is suffering in this way, the patient may inadvertently suffer as well.
Studies have also shown that generally speaking, most nurses only sit while documenting records or taking a break to eat. It is not unusual for nurses to suffer from varicose veins, edema, lower leg pain, and fatigue. Long hours of walking and standing do nothing to help these conditions. So, what can you do to help?
Choose the right footwear and supplement with need-specific insoles. We have a large variety of insoles for nurses, covering the spectrum of particular foot needs.
Sit as often as possible.
Stretch as often as possible.
Wear compression socks/Stockings for Nurses. This may be the thing that enables you stay alert and energized during your shifts.
Circulation is impaired with long periods of standing or sitting, as required in a nurse’s job. Compression Socks/Stockings apply graduated pressure: tightest at the ankle, the pressure is decreased toward the top of the sock/hose. This structure acts similar to a layer of muscle, gently squeezing the vein walls together and allowing valves to close. The cavities in the veins are reduced and blood flow is restored to a normal state, improving overall circulation. Compression Socks have been found to aid in oxygen delivery which in turn increases levels of energy and alertness.
Increased Oxygen delivery
Decreased muscle fatigue
Prevention of leg cramps
Increased circulation and blood flow
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