Types of Shoes Commonly Used By Nurses

Nursing is a hectic profession that requires standing, running and walking a whole lot. For this reason, it is ideal for nurses to wear specially formulated shoes for extra comfort, durability, protection and style. Nursing shoes usually come in various forms but the most common ones are;

  • Slip-on
  • Clogs
  • Athletic shoes
  • Sneakers

Slip-on

Nurses are on their feet for several hours during their shifts, worrying about undone shoe laces or loosening laces is not part of the job description. The slip-on comes in handy because it doesn’t spot a lace. As the name implies, all you have to do is slip your foot in and you’re good to go. Nursing is such a sensitive profession that requires a certain level of cleanliness and hygiene. Touching one’s shoe every now and then for lace related problems brings about cross contamination, and will lead to several hand washes; a waste of precious time.

Clogs

Clogs are very common within the nursing community because they offer great support; they are comfortable and easy to wash. These usually come with a closed front end and open back design with a strap for keeping the foot in place. Clogs are generally made from rubber, suede or leather. These offer great protection and comfort that the profession requires; they are also lightweight.

Athletic shoes

Athletic shoes are great for nurses because they are made for runners and designed to handle hard surfaces as a hospital’s floor. They are great shock absorbers and are generally lightweight with extra protection for the foot and a great degree of comfort and flexibility.

Sneakers

Sneakers can be considered for nurses who spend a moderate amount of time on their feet. For nurses who spend much time walking, running or standing, sneakers is not the best choice of footwear. They can be visually appealing, so opted for by the fashion-minded nurses.

Note: These various shoe types have their pros and cons so be sure to really check them out prior to purchase. Various health establishments have certain requirements when it comes to footwear and apparel for nurses, knowing these requirements will make you know what to buy and what to avoid.

Make sure to purchase best nursing shoes that are washable and able to handle stains because the job of a nurse comes with occasional spills and splashes. Suede material and vegan leather can be hard to clean and are somewhat on the heavy side.

Beware of breathable shoes. These have holes in them and may not protect your foot in the event of a fluid spill.

How to Wash off Pomade with Olive Oil and Dish Soap!

Surprised? I just came across this too.

First of all, what is pomade?

Pomade is a greasy product that is used to style hair, particularly men’s hair. Ladies use this too (What don’t they use?) but that is a talk for another day.

Pomade gained relevance in the early 90’s up to the later part of the century when they lost popularity a bit. Now they are back and with a bang I suppose. We have two major types of pomades; Oil based and water based pomade.

Oil based pomade is the traditional pomade; these started the best pomade culture. Back in the days, they were made from animal fat and mashed apples. Over the years, pomades have evolved greatly with massive improvements in the products. Ingredients such as petroleum and petrolatum have been used to replace animal fat. This pomade is greasy in nature and in elementary chemistry, I was taught that grease or oil or anything of that nature and water are not soluble, they don’t mix. So imagine traditional pomade on your hair, water will simply slide through and no real change will be noticed. Washing oil based pomade off can be a real chore, ask around!

Water based pomades: As the name suggests, water is the main ingredient in its production, in combination with other ingredients. These are easier to wash off hair, unlike the traditional pomade.

Every pomade user, rockabilly and quiff rocker can attest to the fact that oil-based is difficult to wash off.

Oil based pomade creates a build up over time of use, making the amount applied every other day smaller than the previous. This build up will make your stash last longer but can cause problems for your scalp too because it clogs and blocks air from getting in; your scalp needs to breathe.

It is recommended that you wash your hair every night with regular shampoo to reduce the oil on your hair. If you use water based pomade, getting it off is not your problem, buying a new pack on very short intervals is what you should be worried about.

To completely get oil based pomade off your hair, you need a degreasing shampoo, but before then, here is a very effective and inexpensive method.

What you need is olive and dish soap, you read right.

Let’s go through the entire process of using oil based pomade the right way.

On the first day, you wash your hair, dry it completely or partially (depending on the look you are aiming to achieve), apply pomade and style as desired. Before bed, wash off with regular shampoo. On the next day, repeat the process…fast forward to the fourth day (this is the time to get everything off a.k.a degreasing). On dry hair, massage one tablespoon of olive oil into your hair, this will break down the pomade and makes it easy to wash off. Then, mix the dish soap with little drops of water on your palm to form lather and apply to your hair, massage. Wash off everything with hot water and rewash with regular shampoo or conditioner if you desire. That’s about it. Good luck

Reverse Osmosis Water Purifiers

In a reverse osmosis water purifier, water is forced to pass through a semipermeable membrane which holds back particles and contaminants.

A typical reverse osmosis purifier is made up of the following parts:

Pre-filter (1st stage): Filtration in RO purifiers starts from here. This filter removes large particles from water and protects the other filters and the semipermeable membrane.

Pre-filter (2nd stage): The filter in this stage is made with carbon. They help in removing chlorine and other chemical contaminants by absorbing them, thereby improving the taste and smell.

RO Membrane: This is the main part of the RO purifier. It is a membrane made up of very fine material and very small pores to stop the smallest of particles and contaminants. This is usually the final stage of filtration.

Storage Tank: The purified water from the RO membrane is store in the storage tank. The RO system utilizes electricity; the storage tank will provide water in times of power outage.

Automatic Shut-off Valve: This stops water from entering the storage tank when it has filled up to prevent spillage.

Drain Line: Contaminated water rejected by the RO membrane goes through this line to the drain pipe or bucket where it can be used for other things like washing house chores involving water.

TDS Controller: During the filtration process in a reverse osmosis purifier, vitals minerals expected of a healthy drinking water are filtered out. A TDS (Total Dissolved Salts) controller helps to add these minerals and make the water taste better and healthier.

Note: All Ro purifiers don’t come with all these parts as listed above and in that manner. Some have more filters and some have less.

Advantages of RO Water Purifier

  • Removes a wide range of particles and contaminants in water.
  • Easy to use and maintain.
  • Complete automation.
  • They are generally pocket-friendly.

 

Disadvantages of RO Water Purifier

  • Requires high pressure to force the contaminated water through the semipermeable membrane.
  • Large amount of water is wasted during filtration.

For optimum performance, RO membranes and filters will need to be replaced depending on the type of filter, water quality and water usage volume.  You can check out best RO water purifiers in india and Here is a general guide to filter and membrane replacement:

  • Pre-filters (sediment/carbon filters): Every 6-12 months
  • RO Membrane: Every 2-3 years
  • Post filter (carbon filter): Every 12 months

Factors that may affect the performance of a Reverse Osmosis system include:

  • Water Pressure: if the water pressure is low, filtration by the RO membrane will be difficult, thus the need for electricity.
  • Water Temperature: The lower the temperature of the water, the slower the filtration process.
  • Type and number of total dissolved solids (TDS) in the water
  • The quality of the pre-filters, filters and RO membranes used in the RO System

With Reverse Osmosis purifiers, you can filter out the following contaminants that can be found in tap water and other water sources:

  • Pesticides
  • Lead
  • Chlorine & Chloramine
  • Flourine
  • Detergents
  • Nitrates & Sulfates and much more

 

Using the Right Socket with your Cordless Impact Wrench

An impact wrench is a power tool used to loosen and tighten nuts and bolts. Impact wrenches produce torque with the energy from their power source which could be compressed air, electricity or a rechargeable battery.

A best cordless impact wrench operates on batteries and provides the convenience of freedom and portability. Impact wrenches use accessories like sockets and bit; sockets are of two types- regular socket and impact socket.

Impact sockets were designed with the impact wrenches in mind; it is expected that when a person uses an impact wrench, impact sockets should be used also but it has been noticed that most technicians use regular sockets with impact wrenches. This affects the tool’s performance and poses a safety hazard to the user and any one close by.

The problem with regular sockets is that there were not designed to handle such amounts of torque and they may shatter and cause accidents and injury. Regular sockets are made from chrome which is a brittle material and can split or shatter with too much vibration.

Impact sockets are designed to handle vibrations and high torque without the danger of shattering. These are made from more malleable material which is softer and more flexible to handle the high torque produced by the cordless impact wrench. Impact sockets may split open, but they won’t shatter and send pieces flying like a regular socket will.

It is important to use the right accessories at all times with your cordless impact wrench to protect yourself and your tool. When using an impact wrench, your impact wrench should run out before your tool; using the wrong impact sockets will cause the reverse to happen because regular sockets cannot absorb vibration, making the tool feel most of the impact.

The anvil which is an important and expensive part of the tool may split or wear out when using the wrong sockets and may cost quite a lot to repair or replace; whereas the price difference between regular sockets and impact sockets is negligible.

Impact wrenches come in two shapes; inline and pistol shaped. The inline shaped impact wrench looks like an oversized screwdriver with the grip located behind the hammer and the anvil. The pistol shaped impact wrench looks like a pistol with the beneath the hammer and anvil. The sockets sizes to use correspond with the shape of the tool.

For example, a 1/2 inch socket can only be used with a pistol shaped impact wrench; same goes for a ¾ inch socket while a ¼ inch socket can be used by both the inline and pistol shaped impact wrenches.