Is my weight going to disqualify me?

  1. Greetings Everyone,

    The facts: I am 39 year old male and very overweight.

    I want to shift careers and become an RN. I was in retail sales which required standing and walking on non carpeted floors for 50 hours per week for 15 years. I am currently a caregiver for my parents.

    The dilema is that I am very overweight. I have talked to several nurses. One in ER, One in NICU and One in a LTC facility and they all said that other than some small sized cubicle/exam areas that my weight shouldn't be a factor if I can handle the endurance.

    In -your- opinion is this correct? I have been overweight all my life and its probably not gonna change massively in the near future. Let me know what you think.

    Ohaern
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   JennieBSN
    Not allowing you to become a nurse because of your weight is blatantly ILLEGAL. I work with some very 'generously proportioned' women, and they do fine, for the most part.

    Please, however, do make sure you are in good health cardiovascularly speaking. You can be overweight but still have a healthy heart and lungs. Just please make sure to have a check-up with your doctor first. One of the women I work with is very overweight and very unhealthy. She has had 2 heart attacks already, and continues to smoke and push herself very hard at work. We have had to send her to the ER in the middle of a shift a couple of times because of chest pain.

    So in a nutshell, your weight isn't a factor unless it affects your health and stamina. Anyone who says otherwise needs to read the constitution.
  4. by   janleb
    Very illegal. But for your own health, it would be wise to go see your dr about some weight reduction. obesity is linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and a bevy of other conditions. The stress of nursing school is a strain and a healthy outlet is a must in my book. If i can get anything in sometimes it is a 15 minute walk prior to an exam. I am only 36 and have high BP and take ziac for it. When I got really anxious I would have heart palpations and could feel my heart beating in my ears. So yes the little walks I take do at least relieve my stress level.
    Besides anyone that would take care of their parents has to have a heart of gold. In my book you would make a wonderful nurse. All I am saying is take care of yourself to God bless you!!

    Originally posted by Ohaern:
    <STRONG>Greetings Everyone,

    The facts: I am 39 year old male and very overweight.

    I want to shift careers and become an RN. I was in retail sales which required standing and walking on non carpeted floors for 50 hours per week for 15 years. I am currently a caregiver for my parents.

    The dilema is that I am very overweight. I have talked to several nurses. One in ER, One in NICU and One in a LTC facility and they all said that other than some small sized cubicle/exam areas that my weight shouldn't be a factor if I can handle the endurance.

    In -your- opinion is this correct? I have been overweight all my life and its probably not gonna change massively in the near future. Let me know what you think.

    Ohaern </STRONG>
  5. by   MollyJ
    Agree with all posters and I have also worked with overweight nurses who did fine but, no doubt about it, the job takes a toll on the body. That toll is accentuated in the overweight. Standing, walking, bending lifting and stamina are all impacted by the fact of carrying 25, 50 or more extra pounds around.
    Good luck.
  6. by   duckie
    Being over weight will not prevent you from being a nurse BUT it will cause you problems later on. I am currently going through health problems, which I am certain my weight has aggervated. I have never had high blood pressure until recently when a new resident was admited to our unit. I won't go into details about her but I have posted in other areas and everyone on the BB was great support in offering their ideas for helping her. But with all we have tried, she continues as before and it started taking a toll on ME. Soon I stated having severe headaches and one day decided to check my B/P. It was 166/102. I knew I was headed for trouble!!! So for the sake of my health, I know I must diet and quite smoking and add a good exercise regimen to my life OR else the B/P issue could become life threatening. So, please, listen to all the posters here, loose the extra pounds for a healthier you. As nurses we spend all of our time caring for others and we forget that is we do not care for US, that we may find ourselves on the other end of the bed and our lives could be changed forever. I am 44 and don't relish the idea of a heart attack or stroke. If being a nurse is something you want, then YOU become your first patient and give yourself the extra care you need so that you can live longer and healthier to make a difference to others, especially the family and friends that love and need you. Good luck and God bless you.

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