Healthcare providers know it’s important to meet the continuing education unit (CEU) requirements related to licensure. While maintaining the CEU requirement, we should also practice with current, informative evidence-based research to provide care to our patients. A few sources for free CEU’s can be found at:
A source for physicians, pharmacists and nurses in four specialty areas: cardiovascular, central nervous system, GI, and respiratory medicine is http://www.cmecorner.com/ and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides a free CEU related to TB at http://www.cdc.gov/tb/education/ce/tb101.htm.
As every healthcare provider is aware, it’s important to maintain our own health by eating healthy, getting enough sleep and exercising routinely. As a healthcare provider, we experience incidents within our work environment that can negatively impact our health such as lifting heavy objects and work-related injuries from needles or other sharp instruments. We should strive to positively impact our work environment by using all the safety materials provided to us and maintaining our CEU requirements to keep us up to date with the most recent evidence-based practice measures. A reliable source that provides evidence to support the need to positively influence our work environment and maintain those healthy safety measures is the Joint Commission website http://www.jointcommission.org/, which shares routine public reports on safety concerns and provides recommendations to prevent similar harmful incidents.
As our day progresses while we’re working, as healthcare providers we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves while taking care of others. Eating healthy as well as maintaining our own hydration is important to our health. Drinking plenty of water is key to a healthy body because it’s found everywhere in our body. Our body weight is nearly 2/3 of water and our body needs water to function. So while you’re working, remember to keep your body hydrated with water. You can add flavor to water with fresh fruit and prepare the water before your shift starts or before heading outdoors, so you’ll have it when you need it. You should drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Remember, it’s important to take care of your health, so you can provide the high quality care that’s important to you!
You’ll need to teach and remind patients about the need to stay hydrated in these hot summer months. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a risk while working outdoors as well as indoors. For more information you can visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/ and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000982.htm.