1. Heffner, Rebecca BA, RN

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As a bedside nurse, I've noticed that the safety of health care workers providing direct patient care isn't monitored or evaluated. Rather, it's left up to the employee to manage her or his own safety while at work.


I'm pregnant and have certain physical restrictions; however, no one follows up with me to make sure I'm working within parameters that are safe for my baby or me.


We need parameters or guidelines that are enforced by management, a safety crew, or other professional bodies. Safety is always a top priority in patient care, but it tends to be overlooked when it comes to nurses and other health care workers.


Rebecca Heffner, BA, RN


Charlotte, NC