I overheard a disturbing conversation of nurses who were saying that overweight people should not be working in healthcare. They were basically saying that patients do not respect health advice or treatment from a worker who is unhealthy themselves. I am posting this topic because I wonder if this is a shared sentiment among the medical field? Or from patients? Or has anyone experienced anything related to this? Like getting fired, or discriminated by either pateints or a facility and such? Are there ever clauses in facility contracts that employees must maintain optimal heath to represent the industry's interest? (I am in Vegas & yes casinos do enforce waitresses/dealers with a +/- 5 lbs. original hiring weight monitoring weekly). I hope this is not what nursing school meant by "take care of ourselves before we can take care of others." Honestly, I dont think like this but wonder if others in healthcare do? Is this really a "thing?"
BTW, they were referencing a theme of nurses who gained weight from emotional overeating. They were not referencing a physiological underlying condition. ~ Thank You ~
Why Are So Many Nurses and Healthcare Workers Overweight and Unhealthy?
Aug 31, '16
To whom it may concern,
Overweight, obese never a good life style. While no one should brow-beat someone for their weight, it will always be crucial for those of us in health care to be credible role models. There is enough hypocrisy in this world without the nurse having to offer a disclaimer concerning their own obese status prior to teaching the obese patient before them that maybe their blood sugar would improve or their joint pain would lessen or their shortness of breath could be drastically curtailed if they lost even ten percent of their excess body weight.
Or, we could just continue to politely avoid the obvious and through some kind of misguided attempt at not wanting to hurt feelings let the status quo prevail.
Now I will go take my am dose of metformin and lisinopril because so many of my health care providers didn't want to rock my over laden boat. Helluva way to lose weight though.
Last edit by Buyer beware on Aug 31, '16
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