Extremely Overweight Nurses - page 11

I've been seeing a lot of obese nurses lately. In my opinion it's not setting the right example,not is it SAFE. If someone codes or there's a fire a nurses who is huge can't run to get to/from the... Read More

  1. Visit  CurlyKirby} profile page
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    Thanks for seeing this for what it is. I think a nurse/drs first pt of the day...is THEMSELVES. I'm going to read up on the info you provided,thank you.
    Congrats on quitting smoking, I wish you well!!
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  3. Visit  Rose_Queen} profile page
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    Quote from CurlyKirby
    To me, setting an example,being a leader,and even a strong team player is important. So I don't understand how any person can stand at someone's bedside (doctor,nurse,pa,pt..whoever) and preach words of healthy living. While they don't do a thing they're telling their pt to do. That's not very good leadership. Nurses are given the education to take great care of themselves,try. It's hard..but try.
    Nurses are human, with human flaws, characteristics, and traits. Becoming a nurse doesn't change any of that.

    Quote from CurlyKirby
    No, I'm not a nurse yet. I will be soon. After 5 years of being a CNA...Ive learned what can make a great nurse and what makes you mediocre. I'm not a fan of mediocrity. I want to leave my pt with a a feeling of motivation and hopefully I can be a source of their motivation.
    Patients are human, with human flaws, characteristics, and traits. Nurses are not going to be able to change that in many patients. If you go in expecting to do that with every patient, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. And as someone with zero nursing experience, you really cannot understand that factors outside the control of a nurse can impact how great of a nurse one can be- understaffing, overwhelming nurse : patient ratios, mandatory overtime, rotating shifts, etc. That also, in turn, affects how well a nurse can care for her/himself- lack of time to eat healthy meals at work, long shifts, little sleep because one must work a 12 hour shift, go home, and get up to do it all over again, the list goes on. While maybe not thought of as a job with health hazards, nursing does indeed have the capability to impact the health of its workforce.
    nursej22, Ruas61, Not_A_Hat_Person, and 1 other like this.
  4. Visit  CurlyKirby} profile page
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    You're right, I don't have any experience as an RN. I may be setting myself up for disappointment,too. I'd rather go in with a positive mentality, a mentality that I can help a person change for the better. Which I KNOW I can do. Rather than a negative "I'll just do my job and go home" mentality. I've worked 12 hour shifts, I've worked 18s and I've slept at work and done it over,because of understaffing. You're right though, I was a CNA. The experience and the work will be different as a nurse. One thing won't,though. I will continue to pack my lunches and dinners, it takes less than 10minutes to cut up some chicken and stick it in a salad. Pour some nuts and raisins in a ziplock bag and grab some a banana. Theres no excuse. You can even designate a day of the week and cook all your lunches, stick them in the freezer and pull them out before work. Some might call it "preventative care". lol I don't know if we will agree on this subject but I hope you understand my viewpoint,as I do yours!
  5. Visit  ocean.baby} profile page
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    You never know what is going on in that 'obese' nurse's life. What health problems do they have (not caused by being obese)? What medications are they on that may contribute to their obesity? Have you been on prednisone 80 mg daily for two years? If so, how much did you weigh both before and after? Do you have serious back issues because you started as a CNA and/or nurse years before Hoyers were used (or not available in your facility)? How many adult patients did you lift by YOURSELF from a beanbag on the floor, haul them across two large rooms to their adult cribs, and then back again? The bad thing about someone being fat is that it is an obvious issue. What about the skinny people? You can't 'see' their issues, doesn't mean they don't have them. An example is being judgmental, but you know all about that.
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  6. Visit  CrunchRN} profile page
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    I don't think anybodies weight is really anybody's business EXCEPT if they cannot perform the job. If that happens then another job is a reasonable approach if they are not able to change it. That goes for anything that hinders a person form being able to do the job.
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  7. Visit  Ruas61} profile page
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    Quote from CurlyKirby
    You're right, I don't have any experience as an RN. I may be setting myself up for disappointment,too. I'd rather go in with a positive mentality, a mentality that I can help a person change for the better. Which I KNOW I can do. Rather than a negative "I'll just do my job and go home" mentality. I've worked 12 hour shifts, I've worked 18s and I've slept at work and done it over,because of understaffing. You're right though, I was a CNA. The experience and the work will be different as a nurse. One thing won't,though. I will continue to pack my lunches and dinners, it takes less than 10minutes to cut up some chicken and stick it in a salad. Pour some nuts and raisins in a ziplock bag and grab some a banana. Theres no excuse. You can even designate a day of the week and cook all your lunches, stick them in the freezer and pull them out before work. Some might call it "preventative care". lol I don't know if we will agree on this subject but I hope you understand my viewpoint,as I do yours!
    Answers are simple when you are looking out at someone else but not so easy when you are looking from the inside out and the things that might be there.

    Obesity is not over-eating alone.

    Years and experience may change your perspective..
  8. Visit  DatMurse} profile page
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    Quote from Ruas61
    Obesity is not over-eating alone.
    90% of the time it is.
    Laws of thermodynamics says so.
    CurlyKirby likes this.
  9. Visit  Future ScorpioRN} profile page
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    Quote from wooh
    Short people have trouble with compressions too. Not to mention, I'm always having to adjust the televisions in the patient rooms for short staff members. And get supplies from the backs of top shelves. If the short nurses can't do their jobs properly, the patients suffer. They sometimes have to watch the wrong channel for MINUTES until I can get in the room and fix whatever is making the tv not work correctly. That could give them a heart attack. And until someone hunts down a stool, that short nurse is giving crappy compressions. STOP PATIENT SUFFERING! BAN SHORT NURSES!!! Everyone under 5'7" needs to get out of nursing now before a patient dies due to their shortness.
    I guess I better drop out of school while I have a chance since heels get on my nerves lol


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