Obese Nurses

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    ok , so i was in the ER recently for knee bursitis ( i didnt know what it was at the time i just saw my right knee get super huge and it hurt like hell) being type 1 diabetic i went straight to the hospital. ( it happened from moving in furniture to my house i somehow hit it or overworked it)

    As im getting taken in i see the alot of nurses are not just overweight but obese. I have nothing against obese or overweight individuals but im curious because i would think that being in an ER ( alot of moving activity going on for the most part) these women would have some sort of cardio being on their feet for 12hr. and i hear alot of other nurses talk about missing meals because they have so much work so i know they probably arent stuffing their faces constantly from boredom.

    im just saying being a nurse and all and when giving patient education dont they kind of look like hypocrites when they are telling a patient to take care of their bodies? i mean i would be a huge hypocrite if i was educating a newly diagnosed diabetic and im missing my right leg from poor care.

    anyways i was just making an observation

    anyone have any thoughts on this topic given the obesity rate in this country is skyrocketing
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    This topic is frequently posted about and has been discussed extensively in other threads. To avoid "beating a dead horse", I've posted the links to several recent past threads that you can read through. I'm sure that, once you're done, you'll have read many more thoughts and opinions then you care to.

    http://allnurses.com/nursing-student...se-679276.html
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...re-696180.html
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...se-717602.html
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    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...at-708264.html
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...me-483376.html
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    *puts popcorn away, walks away slightly disappointed*
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    thanks ill take a look at those.....yes put your popcorn away..lol
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    Quote from Ashley, PICU RN
    This topic is frequently posted about and has been discussed extensively in other threads. To avoid "beating a dead horse", I've posted the links to several recent past threads that you can read through. I'm sure that, once you're done, you'll have read many more thoughts and opinions then you care to.

    http://allnurses.com/nursing-student...se-679276.html
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...re-696180.html
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...se-717602.html
    http://allnurses.com/nursing-news/nu...he-389010.html
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...se-532832.html
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...at-708264.html
    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...me-483376.html
    Thank you for saving the rest of us the spectacle
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    If we were going to advocate good health, we would not be working 12 hour shifts with short staff, no meal breaks, and destroying our body lifting patients. Our profession is a good example of what not to do if you would like to be a picture of health and "taking care of yourself".
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    Quote from beeker
    If we were going to advocate good health, we would not be working 12 hour shifts with short staff, no meal breaks, and destroying our body lifting patients. Our profession is a good example of what not to do if you would like to be a picture of health and "taking care of yourself".
    And NO potty breaks. I'm home now...gotta go, gotta go.
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    Quote from beeker
    If we were going to advocate good health, we would not be working 12 hour shifts with short staff, no meal breaks, and destroying our body lifting patients. Our profession is a good example of what not to do if you would like to be a picture of health and "taking care of yourself".

    ^^ Amen. I agree completely.

    I also just find this thread to be kind of mean. :/ i have never been stick skinny, but have always had jobs where I am constantly moving around. And it doesn't affect my weight that much.. Or as much as i'd wish it did. But realistically, if they are good nurses, and are competent, then their weight should not matter. Sometimes it's out of their control.
    loriangel14 likes this.
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    Science has proven:

    Not eating on a regular schedule promotes obesity...when does a nurse eat on a regular schedule?

    Circadian rhythms being destroyed by working night shift leads to obesity, diabetes, etc.

    Stress promotes obesity. If you are not stressed as a nurse, I would really like to talk to you.

    When you get home, you are exhausted, then there is the husband, the kids, parents to take care of. Time for yourself? God blessed you if you are able to find the time.

    I am in total agreement with JenniferS_CNA.
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    Quote from beeker
    If we were going to advocate good health, we would not be working 12 hour shifts with short staff, no meal breaks, and destroying our body lifting patients. Our profession is a good example of what not to do if you would like to be a picture of health and "taking care of yourself".
    I agree. Nurses are trained to put others first. I am not overweight, however I can understand this. I would like to also add the mental stress of being a nurse is even worse at times than the physical aspects. One of the nurses on my med surg floor was curios and wore a pedometer for a shift. 11 miles! Lol we were all joking we should b so thin


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