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There's no reason you can't eat every 3-4 hours with a quick protein drink or bar in there and your lunch 1/2 hour for a real meal. I placed second in the Connecticut state bodybuilding championship, heavy weight division in 1986 ! Good Luck !
I don't know, but I'd like to be more of a body builder nurse. Lately I haven't been able to get my runs in, much less lift weights.
I've worked the floors and units. Often there can be restrictions on eating, so depending on where you are with patients and the break room--geographically speaking--as well as the dealing with the particular needs of varous patients, well it depends. See, I've worked a very busy tele-med-surg step down floor, and various critical care units. One shift can be completely different from another--and then you have runs of craziness--shift after shift of bombardment--where you are lucky if you get to pee much less eat. It depends. It also depends on the hospital.
If you are working in a teaching-university setting hospital as opposed to a small community hospital--well, you may have any number of shifts where you aren't getting much of a break. And then there are slow periods. A lot of it is unpredictable. When I worked the floor, if my pt wasn't teetering on going to the unit, someone else's was--and we always helped each other--for the most part--when patients are crashing. I know I can't sit around while other nurses' pts are in trouble--not simply b/c of the other nurses', but for the sake of the patients.
All I can tell you is to look for a setting and area of nursing where there is less unpredictability. I don't know. Maybe community health nursing. I mean there is some unpredictability, but generally it isn't the same kind that you get in the acute or critical care settings. You may walk into some trouble; but mostly the patients are status quo in their settings, and they need you to evaluate and do certain things for them. In fact, I know a good number of home health nurses that love it. And they love spending their half hour of so w a particular patient, documenting, getting in the car, and going to the next one. I'm not saying it is all that easy--there will ALWAYS be some level unpredictability in any kind of nursing--b/c we're dealing with people with multiple and diverse needs. But it's not like you are getting hit for hour upon hour upon hour with patients that are circling the bowl--where every tiny thing must be kept up on and accounted for--where the slightest miss or change could send them faster down the drain or you are literally coding them on and off for hours. So when you are dealing with patients like that, well, honestly, no, you don't get to pee or eat or burp. Man I could tell you some stories--as could any number of nurses here.