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Reduce Nursing's Physical Strain

Reduce Nursing's Physical Strain

Megan Malugani, Monster Contributing Writer

Mind Your Legs

Many nurses walk or run countless miles every week. If possible, “try to organize your work so you’re not racing here and there,” Randolph says. “There is planning involved in how your work is conducted.” To ease the strain on your legs, she recommends wearing support stockings that will help move blood back up toward your heart and putting your feet up for a few minutes at home after your shift.

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Stay in Shape

Maintaining a proper weight will reduce the stress on your joints, and exercising will prepare you for on-the-job rigors. If you’re feeling sore on duty, try some shoulder rolls or arm circles to loosen the tension in your shoulders, back and arms, Randolph says. And keep yourself in shape mentally, too. “If you’re fortunate enough to have a break, take it,” she says. “Getting away for a little bit does a lot for you emotionally and mentally. You come back refreshed.”

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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