Imagine a weigh in as part of your employment application… followed by a reassessment throughout the year. Could this be a reality in the future? Since hospitals stopped hiring smokers - it does bring up the question: How far could employment requirements go?
Whilst hospital staff should be shining examples of health and happiness, the reality is, we are really just normal people; Some mothers and fathers, many of us struggling to manage long shifts combined with our other responsibilities.
Nurses work long hours, and throughout the day must put their needs aside for their patients, making it especially hard to stay healthy. I do believe it is possible to stay healthy and fit on the job. However, it does take a tremendous amount of planning, focus and discipline.
Some argue that patients will not accept our advice or education when they think we do not care for our own bodies as they think we should. In this situation, stick to the research and facts. Regardless of your own health issues, it does not have any effect on your patients.
Nov 30, '16
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The problem isn't the video, it's the resurrection of the old argument that opens the door for all the same old crap.
The same old crap that I think is a whole lot more hurtful to people who's reason why they aren't a vision of shining health and happiness is really nobody's business.
Reading the dismayed posts on these prior threads and the judgemental responses to them was and is a major eye-opener.
The thing is this particular unspoken mandate was never asked back in the dark ages, nor was it declared to be a requirement, tested for, or included in licensure testing. From that I conclude that even stating the issue in "should" or 'should not" terms implies that requiring periodic weight monitoring for nurses is a legitimate endeavor.
That doesn't mean it's wrong for an employer to promote healthy lifestyle choices or offer voluntary incentives. That's a good thing, but a healthier workforce is a good thing for everyone through lower insurance costs, fewer sick calls, as many jobs involve sitting at a desk all day.
edit to add: empowern, despite my discomfort with the issue overall as it pertains to nurses vs any other employee, or any other profession for that matter your video is engaging, well-presented, and informative as another poster mentioned.
Last edit by nursel56 on Dec 1, '16
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