Despite the forecast, nurses and other healthcare professionals will be out on the roads, driving to work to care for their patients. We often say that just because the weather is bad, doesn’t mean that sick people are not sick; or for that matter don’t need care. It is quite the opposite.  If you will be out on the roads, braving the winter storms to get to your patients, here are some helpful tips to keep you safe:

  1. Make sure you have a full tank of gas
  2. Always travel with your cell phone (fully charged) and charger
  3. Always travel with kitty litter or sand and a shovel (in case you get stuck)
  4. Always travel with a flashlight and batteries
  5. Make sure you have a change of clothes/ shoes/ and a blanket
  6. Make sure you have water and food; in case you are on the road for longer than expected
  7. Be prepared to stay (i.e. extra clothes; make arrangements with family)
  8. Always make sure that your work/ patient/ family know where you are in the event of an emergency
  9. Allow plenty of extra time to get to your destination
  10. Keep up to date on local weather and road conditions to avoid any road closures

Hopefully the above tips are helpful and keep you safe this winter! The most important thing to remember is to take your time and stay safe; after all you are only good to your patients if you arrive safely!  Only 57 more days until SPRING!!!

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