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'Why do I keep getting sick after starting my placement?'

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Can you advise this student nurse?

“Usually, I am generally healthy and only get a cold maybe once every other year. But since starting at my placement, I have been getting sick much more often.

“I understand that I am around viruses more and am more tired and stressed than before, but I still don’t think that I should be catching this many bugs. I often feel like I have a fever or a sore throat. I don’t want to take time off, but I also don’t want to endanger any patients or fellow student nurses.

“Does anyone have any health secrets that helped them survive the first-year fevers? How much time is too much time to miss?”

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  • I would definitely make sure you have a good balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg, I also take daily vitamins as I am aware that I am low in certain ones - you can pick up daily ones at the supermarket.

    It sounds patronizing but hand hygiene is so important! Try to make sure you wash your hands properly before touching your nose/mouth, before you eat and before you come home (as well as before patient contact etc). Also a fresh clean uniform everyday can help to minimise sickness as you would be surprised how many germs we come into contact with daily. I clinell my fob watch, ID badge and pens regularly as well.

    Hope this helps - J x

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