A weighty issue - page 2

As a nurse, do you feel pressured to maintain a healthy weight because you are looked upon as a role model?... Read More

  1. by   gypsyatheart
    Quote from Spicey1
    As a nurse, do you feel pressured to maintain a healthy weight because you are looked upon as a role model?
    I'm just curious why you limit the question to "maintaining a healthy weight"...?
    Why not ask if nurse's feel pressured to maintain a healthy lifestyle period? Like not smoking, avoiding alcohol/drug abuse, exercising, healthy eating, etc.

    I personally work at these things not because I'm a nurse, but because I value my life, and my family. My children need me to be here for them. Plus, I don't like being unhealthy, sick, etc.
    Of course, being a nurse has helped me by giving me the knowledge to help me with these goals.
  2. by   healingtouchRN
    I also have family member with advanced heart disease & in-laws with adv. pulmonary disease so I use these people close to me in conversation with my clients. I think they see me as more human with the similar struggles as themselves. One relative in mention, is on a fixed income in public housing, whom we assist in various ways, does not drive, & depedant on us for a good bit. My clients see that healthcare people are not immune to this way of life. I recently had a freak injuty leaving out of work for 2 months, thank goodness that I had 15 + years of saved long term sickleave (I was @ max accumulation) so I had a check the entire time. I am still paying off MD & PT & ortho bills. They hit with christmas bills @ the same time. My clients even hugged my neck when they see me working in my titanium brace, sweating after CRP....I know these people see me as themselves. What a humbling effect it has on a soul... gotta get my shower before my shift!
  3. by   zenman
    "I'm too sexy for my shorts!" 6' 3" 211 pounds of almost ripped flesh. BP 107/52, P 54
    Last edit by zenman on Feb 21, '04
  4. by   canoehead
    Lord, give me strength.

    (sigh)
  5. by   jadednurse
    Quote from canoehead
    Lord, give me strength.

    (sigh)
    (double sigh)
  6. by   Tweety
    Quote from jadednurse
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  7. by   zambezi
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Yes.

    But mostly I take care of myself for me, not because I'm a role model.
    Took the words out of my mouth! Head, actually, since I am not reading the posts outloud to myself :chuckle

    Actually--I feel pressured to eat better by my staff members--all of whom are on diets. I am 25, active...work out pretty frequently, etc. I am pretty lucky because I can eat almost whatever I want (but I usually eat within reason)...I guess my metabolism hasn't hit that wall yet. I feel kind of bad when I bring a huge burrito to work for dinner and snack throughout the night (though usually on fruits/veggies/popcorn) and everyone else is eating salad and weight watchers dinners.

    But as Tweety said--I do try to stay healthy for me, so I feel good--when my metabolism does hit the wall, hopefully, I will be ready! I will say that I admire all of you fighting weight...from watching my parents and coworkers, I can tell that it takes a lot of willpower and determination...I applaud those of you working to make changes for yourself
  8. by   kc ccurn
    It seems like once I hit 30 my metabolism slowed way down. Combined with the stuff we eat at work....okay....graze on at work doesn't help, especially at all the odd hours that we eat. It's not unusual to break out the chips and salsa at 0400 for an early morning start to our day.

    And I know that the coffee the hospital provides does no good to anyone's GI track....yuck!!!
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from zenman
    "I'm too sexy for my shorts!" 6' 3" 211 pounds of almost ripped flesh. BP 107/52, P 54

    ummm ok. good for you.
  10. by   uk_nurse
    me well i am slim and i can eat what i like and not put on weight! lucky me you might say but if i dont eat properly and regularly, which as you all know is quite difficult at times in nursing, i lose weight and i feel so lethargic. I was told by other colleagues that going to the gym was good and it helped them be more lively and fit. Wow i thought, i would give it a go. Well after a number of weeks i began losing weight very quickly. Was advised to stop going to the gym. I must admit i did feel better when i first went but i looked 'terrible' i was told. so now i carry on as before , when at work eat when i can and when at home eat regularly and my weight fluctuates quite a bit. I dont bother about being a role model in my job, people take me as i am or not at all.
  11. by   Tweety
    Quote from uk_nurse
    me well i am slim and i can eat what i like and not put on weight! lucky me you might say but if i dont eat properly and regularly, which as you all know is quite difficult at times in nursing, i lose weight and i feel so lethargic. I was told by other colleagues that going to the gym was good and it helped them be more lively and fit. Wow i thought, i would give it a go. Well after a number of weeks i began losing weight very quickly. Was advised to stop going to the gym. I must admit i did feel better when i first went but i looked 'terrible' i was told. so now i carry on as before , when at work eat when i can and when at home eat regularly and my weight fluctuates quite a bit. I dont bother about being a role model in my job, people take me as i am or not at all.
    Sounds like you're not eating enough. It's hard to tell a skinny person to eat more, but when you increase your activity you eat more. When I was a marathon runner in training and a vegetarian to boot, people said the same thing about me, that I was too skinny. (Oh how I long for those days today?) But to stop exercising altogether is that a good idea?
  12. by   gerry79
    Was fooled into thinking that I was in good shape! The miror lied to me! At 6 foot 4 inches and 216 lbs I thought for a 39 year old ex wanna be athlete I was doing well. Then I read my lab results from my physical and I was shocked! ALT 65, triglyceride 378, total chol 277! I realized that I need more cardio, less weights, and a lot less McDonald, Unos pizza (the best), and eggs over easy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I am not yet a nurse (starting school soon), and I hear how physically demanding it is, so I will need to be in tip top shape for the long haul! Great post 3rdshiftdude!!!

    Gerry
  13. by   mattsmom81
    Those of you who are at the gym and strengthening are very wise indeed. Keeping strong and healthy benefts everybody....and definitely helps nurses avoid injury from repetitive stress of patient care and lifting in the strange positions we get into at the bedside.

    As a nurse I don't feel any 'pressure' to maintain a healthy weight, but intelligence forces one to look at the data and conclude it is good for ALL to live more healthy lives overall. Being very human means I don't always do what's good for me.

    I agree that our life experiences can help us be more empathetic towards our patients. My injuries and chronic health conditions (if I choose to share this about myself...some are obvious some are not) make me more 'human' to many of my patients, more approachable and they seem more comfortable with me than some of my thin, younger coworkers. When we are more approachable and 'less perfect' we can sometimes be more a helping presence to today's frightened, unsure hospital patients.

    When my family members are dealing with end of life issues, sometimes it helps when I share my own experiences at MY parent's end of life. The interpersonal role of nursing taps into our own human experience. It doesn't require perfection, just openminded connection to other human beings dealing with their own life problems.

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