Washing and using alcohol gel on your hands can leave them cracked and dry. We take a look at the best hand creams for Nurses and healthcare professionals.
As a Nurse your hands are, very literally, are the tools of your trade and hand washing is one of our best infection control precautions, we nurses should never settle for cracked and irritated hands.
Let’s take a look at the best creams to help heal Nurses’ healing hands.
Helping Hands by Lush
Originally created with nurses in mind as well as all those with cracked and sore hands. Honey is a natural antiseptic and, together with lavender and African marigold essential oils, brings relief. An infusion of gentle chamomile helps to reduce redness, while linseed mucilage softens rough hands and helps to minimise cracking. Almond oil, shea butter and cocoa butter are what makes this cream so moisturising, all bound in a loose emulsion that ensures it sinks in.
Where to buy? Lush stores or online.
Protect Your Lovely Hands by Yes Nurse
This new brand is a trusted cult favourite of busy nurses, mums and beauty fanatics from across the UK. Developed over 2 and a half years, this unique protective formula offers a highly nourishing, 24h ‘Super Moisturising’ benefit with each bottle crammed full of essential Omega’s, antioxidants and powerful natural actives such as +15 Active Mankua Honey and White Willow Bark Extract – together designed to soothe, hydrate and revive tired skin all day long. Yes! Nurse has received rave reviews from users all over the country.
E45 Repair and Protect
E45 Dermatological Repair & Protect Overnight Hand Cream Dry Skin is an overnight moisturiser to help keep normal to dry skin feeling soft and smooth. Ideal for use on even sensitive skin, its unique and dermatological formula is enriched with vitamin B3, which bolster the skin’s natural defences and enhance skin cell regeneration at night. Natural oils nourish and help restore supple, softer and noticeably glowing skin.
Where to buy? Any chemist, drugstore or Amazon.
Dr Ceuticals Super Repair
This advanced gylcerine-based hand cream boosted with anti-ageing coenzyme Q10 and a pro collagen petide helps to intensly moiturise and replenish lost moisture and suppleness to hands. Skin-conditioning Allatonin and antioxidant Acai combine to further boost repair and nourishment. Light and non greasy the cream sinks into skin quickly to leave hands dry-to-the-touch but restored.
L’Occitane Amande Delicious Hands
A rich and nourishing hand cream to hydrate and revitalise your skin. This non-greasy cream formula helps to moisturise and soften your hands while enveloping them with the subtle scent of fresh almonds.
Hemp Hand Protector
Honourable mention! Our best-selling Hemp Hand Protector helps soften and protect hands. It is dermatologically tested for very dry skin and contains Community Trade hemp seed oil.
Adam Kay’s Letter to the Secretary of State for Health
Adam Kay, a former Doctor, publishes an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health calling for him to walk a mile in the shoes of a junior doctor.
In his new book, ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor,’ the former obstetrics and gynaecology doctor writes candidly about his experiences as a junior doctor and the effect working in medicine has on both his personal and professional life.
In the open letter to The Secretary of State for Health, he said;
“Roger Fisher was a professor of law at Harvard University, who suggested back in 1981 that they should implant the American nuclear codes in the heart of a volunteer. If the President wanted to press the big red button and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, then first he’d have to take a butcher’s knife and dig it out of the volunteer’s chest himself; so that he realizes what death actually means first-hand, and understands the implications of his actions. Because the President would never press the button if he had to do that.
“Similarly, you and your successor and their successors for ever more should have to work some shifts alongside junior doctors. Not the thing you already do, where a chief executive shows you round a brand-new ward that’s gleaming like a space station. No: palliate a cancer patient; watch a trauma victim have their leg amputated; deliver a dead baby. Because I defy any human being, even you, to know what the job really entails and question a single doctor’s motivation. If you knew, you would be applauding them, you’d be proud of them, you’d be humbled by them, and you’d be eternally grateful for everything they do.
“The way you treat junior doctors demonstrably doesn’t work. I strongly suggest you seek a second opinion.
The Junior Doctors Survival Guide written by Nurses
Well done. Congratulations. You’ve survived medical school and made it ‘on to the shop floor’, this is where the real test begins.
Your first few weeks as a Junior Doctor are going to be difficult and jam-packed; a new hospital, new colleagues, new patients, and a new hospital system to figure out.
Here are ten tips that will stand you in good stead for your first day, week, month, year and beyond. This is your Junior Doctors Survival Guide as written by Nurses;
- Respect the nurses. You can come to us for advice and guidance – we will have you back – but please don’t take us for granted. We have an abundance of knowledge about our patients, the hospital and how to make stuff happen.
- Each member of the team is important. Doctors, nurses, porters, physiotherapists, domestics, estates, plumbers – the hospital simply couldn’t function without them.
- Don’t be a smart arse. We know and understand you have worked hard through medical school and congratulations on becoming a Doctor, but now it’s time to get to work.
- Have a sense of humor. Make sure your able to have a laugh and a joke but be careful not to cross the line.
- Master cannulation. I don’t just mean know how to put a cannula in – develop the skill and master it – it will stand you in good stead for the future.
- Eat and drink. The list of jobs is, and always will be, almost endless. Make sure you take your breaks; eat, drink and chat to your fellow colleagues.
- Show emotion. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s going to be hard – medical school hasn’t prepared you for the first few months of life as a Doctor. If you’re having an especially tough day talk to someone about it. Don’t beat yourself up for having a little cry – it happens to the best of us.
- Don’t just look at the numbers. We spend 12 hours a day with our patient, we will come to you when “something just isn’t right”, we don’t know what, we can’t put our finger on it. But, we know our patients.
- Your first death is hard. Expected or not, nothing can prepare you for the death of your first patient. We have all been through this. See- show emotion and How to Deal with the Death of a patient.
- Tidy up after yourself. Nothing and I mean nothing, annoys the ward staff more than a Doctor who thinks the staff are there to clean up after them. Tidy away your sharps, notes and coffee cup.
- Ask for help. Your seniors are there to support you – it’s literally their job. Don’t be afraid to escalate patients or situations to them and never put yourself in a situation where you have no backup.
- Admit when you simply don’t know. Making up an answer to a question can have serious consequences. If you don’t know. Say, but find out.
- Try to go home on time. Look through your list – find out what can wait until tomorrow. Your downtime and social life are important too (check out our list of NHS Discounts for downtime ideas). You work to live not live to work.
- The hospital at night is scary. There are fewer doctors, nurses and seniors around to support you. Call for help early and escalate appropriately.
Remember, you are part of our team. Our job is to work together in the interests of patient care. We will try to look after you, make you tea when you’re sad and, rest assured, we will tell you when you’re being an idiot.
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