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A nurse’s 5 tips to “never” get sick

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I hesitate to say I never get sick because whenever you say never, it’s the equivalent to shouting out, “Here I am infectious world! Come and get me!”

It’s the horror movie equivalent to saying, “I’m going to go check this out alone. I’ll be right back.”

It’s the … well, you get the idea. Never say never.

I would say, however, that I rarely get sick. I think part of this is because I spent most of my first year of nursing sick all the time. After a year of coughs, colds, vomiting, and the like, my immune system just got better at the whole immunity thing. But I also think that the following tips may have helped:

1. I am crazy about washing my hands. I carry antimicrobial hand sanitizer everywhere. In every purse, in every gym bag, in every nook and cranny of my house. I even carry it in my car and I sanitize when I get in the car from anything…the grocery store, the gas station, ALL THE TIME!

2. I don’t wear my work shoes in the car or in the house. They stay in the garage, on the front porch, or in the trunk of my car.

3. I try to be SUPER aware of touching my face. Before I do touch my face, eat, put on lipstick or anything I…yes, you guessed it, sanitize.

4. I take a multi-vitamin every day and try to drink at least one liter of water. I know what you don’t use you pee out, but it just makes me feel better.

5. I exercise at least three times per week. It is good for the mind and body. And, I think, for the immune system!!

Fellow nurses, what are your tips to “never” get sick?

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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