Nursing Hacks: Helping You Get Through Your Day Easier

Have you ever found yourself wondering if there is an easier way to do something, or if there is a nursing trick that would make you day run smoother?

Believe it or not, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of nursing hacks all over the Internet to help nurses make their day-to-day work easier! We’ve rounded up a list of 10 hacks to help you out!

  1. Be prepared for smells

As a nurse, it’s inevitable that you will come across some pretty unpleasant smells. Carry around a small tub of Vicks vapor rub or a fruity lip balm to rub under your nose to help combat any foul smells.

  1. Triple Glove Trick

In messy situations – code brown – one layer of gloves just won’t do the trick. Triple glove it up to make your life easier. Once you’re done cleaning the first mess, take off the first layer of gloves. Use the second layer to put on a new diaper and finally use the third layer for new sheets.

  1. Blood stains be gone

Sure, you deal with blood as a part of your job, and you have no problem with it. It’s a different story when the blood gets on your favorite pair of scrubs. Use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood stains.

  1. Double Foley Trick

If you can’t get any urine return when placing a catheter in a female patient, try placing a second catheter while the first one is still in. This will prevent you from continuing to place it in the wrong spot.

  1. Gauze to prevent hair pulling

Tourniquets tend to pull hair when being put on a patient – ouch! To prevent this, try putting a thin piece of gauze between the tourniquet and the patient’s arm.

  1. Getting a respiratory rate

Patients tend to become conscious of their breathing when they know their nurse is taking their respiratory rate. To get a correct rate, tell the patient you are taking their pulse, but take their respiratory rate instead.

  1. Alcohol pads for adhesive removal

Tapes and patches often leave adhesive behind on the patient’s skin, which can be a hassle to remove. Use alcohol pads to loosen the adhesive, making removal a breeze.

  1. Difficult IV starts

Use a warm washcloth to warm up the site of the IV. This will make the veins dilate and pop, making IV starts easy.

  1. Dealing with confused patients

If you have a confused or restless patient, give them a task to distract them. The task can be as simple as folding washcloths.

  1. NG tube insertion

Inserting a nasogastric tube is no easy task. Try chilling the tube in a freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. This will help make insertion less painful and will make the tube slide in easier.

These simple nurse hacks are sure to make your day a little easier and smoother.

Is there a nurse hack you use that we didn’t list? Share it with us in the comments below!


SOURCES:

  1. https://uniontestprep.com/hesi-exam/blog/10-nursing-hacks-for-nursing-professionals
  2. http://www.nursebuff.com/2015/02/nurse-life-hacks/
  3. http://nurseslabs.com/30-nursing-life-hacks-probably-didnt-know/