Routine Checkups for Nurses
Nurses always offer good advice when it comes to educating patients about healthy living and various ways to be responsible of their needs, but when it comes to our own, we tend to drop the ball and do the opposite.
People go on medical check-ups for different reasons. Some go because they feel the need to see a doctor and ask for a diagnosis for whatever wrong they are feeling with their bodies. Some go routinely for a follow-up on an existing condition that they have, like diabetes, a heart problem and many more. While there are also some who go on executive checkups or health screenings wherein unrecognized health risks and problems can be discovered.
Being a nurse, we interact with people of all ages and different conditions. We encounter great demands, both physically and mentally, each day that requires us to be of healthy mind and body. As we go on duty every day, we face a never ending battle between our health and diseases present in the hospital. We might seem healthy enough on the outside, but we can never know when a virus or communicable disease hits us.
Self-care does not always mean resting and relaxing at all times. It also means being practical when it comes to our health and take actions which may not be pleasing, but are necessary.
An annual physical and psychological testing ensure that nurses are up to the demands of the job
Going on regular checkups could help nursing as a profession by setting a good example to the rest of the population. It will show to patients that nurses conform to what they advocate for.
Routine checkups can prevent diseases. Counseling for health promotion either before or during a health problem may reduce the weight of suffering or prevent the disease. Immunizations can also be given such as a tetanus booster, flu shots, and other vaccinations all of which can really help us in our profession.
It can early detect possible health problems such as risk factors for common chronic diseases. Screening tests can be done such as physical exam, blood pressure reading, Pap test, and laboratory tests.
As the cliché goes, in order to create change, we must first start within ourselves. As health care practitioners, we must serve as a model and epitome of healthy living and risk management, both of which we tend to advocate often. Remember, we cannot help them if we ourselves aren’t healthy, too.
As much as we appear to be superheroes to some as we aim to save lives every single day, we can never escape the fact that we, too, are human beings with needs as basic as everyone else’s. We must treat ourselves as individuals, too, and give the same attention to our own health as we do to our patients’.
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