Am I too small to be a nurse? - page 3

Long story short, I went for my nursing school physical this morning and the doctor said she has concern about my size. I'm 5'3" and 92 lbs with a bmi of 16. She still cleared me for the program but... Read More

  1. by   NurseCard
    I work with a nurse who is about 4'6. She obviously has some challenges but
    for the most part does her job just as well as any of us. You will be fine.
  2. by   scuba nurse
    I am sorry she said that to you! I would find a new doctor and wouldn't trust her judgement anymore. that is crazy! You can be and do whatever you want, size doesn't matter! YOU WILL BE FINE!!!
  3. by   rob95
    Lol her comment was unnecessary, especially if she cleared your physical, just look around; a majority of women in this generation are petite women. Especially in the health field.
  4. by   chacha82
    I'm on the small side and I've been known to hop in the bed to do effective compressions when no step stool can be found.
  5. by   Sbhayes09
    You guys are so awesome. I really do feel much better about the whole situation. I guess I'll mark that as a learning experience and make sure to go back to see that doc when I can sign RN behind my name .
  6. by   hopess12
    Do not let anyone's judgement get in to your head. As long as you are able to do your ADPIE with pure heartedness, then you will be a great nurse short or tall!
  7. by   jodispamodi
    I went to nursing school with a girl who was about the same size as you, a NP made almost exactly that same comment to her. Don't let it bother you, I can assure you, you will not be picking patients up and carrying them over your shoulder.
  8. by   gmdlc
    Quote from Sbhayes09
    Long story short, I went for my nursing school physical this morning and the doctor said she has concern about my size. I'm 5'3" and 92 lbs with a bmi of 16. She still cleared me for the program but I'm hoping to find others in my shoes. She said she was worried that I couldn't meet the physical demands of nursing. I have three children and I have ALWAYS been small. I weighed 54lb in the fifth grade and function normally. I can lift 50 lbs and did well in CNA clinicals. I'm not letting it discourage me but it definitely got into my head a little bit. Thanks guys!
    I'm 5'1'', 100lbs with a BMI of 18.9 and I completely deliver the task assigned to me.

    Don't let others tell you what you can't do. Don't let the limitations of others limit your vision. If you can remove your self-doubt and believe in yourself, you can achieve what you never thought possible.
  9. by   Sbhayes09
    Thanks everyone! I've submitted all of my paperwork and begin my nursing school journey in January! Only thing left to do is to buy my malpractice insurance and books .
  10. by   _firely
    I just met a hospital RN who is about 3 feet tall. She uses stools and seems to get by just fine. I was wondering how she pulls people up in bed, but then I realized it is all just teamwork at the end of the day.
  11. by   anewsns
    5 feet 120 lbs here not actually that strong. Doing fine.
  12. by   Ed1897
    I work at a hospital as a nursing assistant. We do the most physical work with the patients as far as turning, changing, repositioning atleast on my floor. I am 5'4 and my BMI is 18. The employee health nurse warned me that I was very little (like I don't know) and acted as if I'd have trouble doing my job. I can say that I do my job as well as any of the other aids and if someone is a two assist I obviously wouldn't be doing them on my own anyways. Don't worry about it
  13. by   Crush
    Some of the smallest nurses have also been known to be the toughest. I am 5'3" myself and been a nurse, well, long enough to know size doesn't matter.

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