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Nurses Continue to Experience Discrimination in the Workplace - When to Seek Legal Help

Nurses Continue to Experience Discrimination in the Workplace - When to Seek Legal Help

by Richard_Jaffe - Nurses play an important role in delivering healthcare to patients. It is the nurse who tends to a patient first before seeing a doctor. It is the nurse who answers many of the questions for you and...

I survived the Board of Nursing

I survived the Board of Nursing

by KCMnurse - Where do I begin? I have been following this site for years and it has been a source of both comfort and anxiety. I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I was working as a Nursing Director for a...

You know it's true-just don't say it!

You know it's true-just don't say it!

by Eschell2971 - As nurses, we're taught that every patient has challenges, rights, and deserves our respect. And, this is true. But, it's also true that not every patient is respectful, cooperative, or just nice....

Stupid, lazy, or ADHD?

Stupid, lazy, or ADHD?

by canigraduate - I am pretty open about my late diagnosis of ADHD and the difficulties I have faced because of it. A lot of the hardship I have faced stems from the fact that there is so much misinformation out there...

Over 30 Years Later, We’re Still Talking About Workplace Mistreatment

Over 30 Years Later, We’re Still Talking About Workplace Mistreatment

by compassionresearcher - Workplace mistreatment has been plaguing the nursing profession for far too long, and it's time we come together to change things. This article presents information on workplace mistreatment. It...

Teamwork

Teamwork

by CardiacDork - "5 beats of pulse-less vtach converted to sinus tach" I told the doctor. "Guys we need the crash cart here fast" I yelled out the hall to my pod mates. The physician intuitively placed his right...

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  • 33

    There is no way to tell how healthy your nurse is just by looking at her. An overweight nurse may be very health, able to swim in current for an hour at a time and walk all over Paris on vacation. A thin nurse may be very unhealthy -- a smoker, have eating disorders and unable to walk up a flight of stairs without wheezing. Yet this "no fat nurses" thing comes up again and again.

    Fat shaming is offensive, whether you're doing it from a place of "fat is ugly" or if you're claiming to do it out of concern for the person's health. Do you think for one moment that the overweight person has somehow failed to notice that they are overweight? Patients can be educated about the correlation between obesity and some health conditions, but the nurse KNOWS these things.

    As far as a patient who doesn't want to receive health information from a fat nurse; I guess that's their choice. An ignorant choice, an offensive choice, but definitely their choice to make.

  • 29

    This issue has been raised many times. Yes, ideally we would all look the part. Funny Press-Ganey hasn't added it to the survey. The reality is that nurses are people, just like everyone else. The same factors that are making everyone fatter are taking their toll on us, too.

    Add to that jobs where it is impossible to get proper breaks and people having to grab empty calories to maintain blood sugar and stave off fatigue. Exercising after work for many is a physical impossibility. Nurses are still conditioned to put everyone else first despite what their instructors have told them.

    Many of us have spent years running on empty and our bodies reflect it. I am very fortunate to have a job now where I can take care of my own needs, too. That wasn't always the case.

  • 19

    Yeah, what she said. Nursing is a busy, 24/7 operation which is not conducive to good health habits.

    Maybe I should start smoking, purging, or doing coke so I can become more slender

  • 15

    Without specific evidence I can't see the BON reacting at all. I think they have other things to do.

  • 13

    I feel that everyone of all body habituses, including the overweight and the obese, belong in the healthcare sector.

    I am now at a normal weight for my height with a BMI of 22.5 to show for it. However, I struggled fiercely with my weight for many years and have firsthand knowledge of the uphill battles against crummy genetics and today's obesogenic environment.

    The reality is that some of us have a greater propensity for rapid weight gain than others, and the usual prescription of 'move more, eat less' does not help one bit. Complex problems cannot be solved with simple solutions...

  • 12

    You should not react to this person. Do not contact the BON. Only take action if they contact you.

    How is this person "practicing as a nurse" if she has just graduated?


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