Just like the title asks, I want an honest answer.
I have been contemplating this dilemma for some time and actually about asking you guys what your thoughts are. I want some direct, honest responses. I recently finished nursing school and have passed NCLEX. 3 years ago I worked as an EMT-1 in an ALS crew and I did it for a year before moving into a better paying job that I had to take in order to pay bills.
The dilema deals with my weight and my passion of emergency nursing/medicine. If I had a choice, I would love to start my career as an ER nurse, but I am scared what the staff and other personnel might think about my functionality as an RN.
I am 6'2" and weight 380lbs, Pretty big dude huh? My scrub tops are usually 3XL and some even 4XL. During nursing school I never never had an issue with my weight, I performed amazing, was able to do all routines/procedures and even nurses and personnel loved having me in their floor because I could do a lot with moving and helping patients. My clinicals were twice a week 8-9 hrs per day and even when I did my preceptorship, which I was working 12s, which in reality were 13s I had no problem functioning at all! I am not going to lie, there were times when I got home and was pretty tired, but not immbile! lol
Due to this dilemma and insecurity of mine, I am applying to med/surg floors where I know it can also get crazy, but maybe not as intense as the ER. I joined a gym last week and started working on myself more to health reasons and to be able to do my job better, but do you think I should let this hold me from applying to the ER? What are your honest thoughts and advice?
Our larger nurses can really crush it too. I wouldn't let that stop you.
Kudos for trying to get into better shape, but you don't really need a gym to do that. Just start getting active (when you have time off, do something besides watch TV or anything else passive) and cook all your own food
if you aren't already. Start with walking, then walking some more, eating better, then maybe some light jogging or other cardio exercise. Finding a group to do this with, kind of like Biggest Loser type situation is a really good idea. Other people are great motivators for losing weight.
There are some other sections of this forum about weight loss that probably has a lot of really good info.
edited to add link: http://allnurses-breakroom.com/weight-loss-diets/
Really if you can start to get more active and eat well, you are off to a really good start.
Good luck to you!
Last edit by SweetCorn on Feb 1, '13
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