Extremely Overweight Nurses - page 2

by CurlyKirby 23,584 Views | 137 Comments

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 emergency. Another example ...... Read More


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    Quote from llg
    Real life is simply more complex than that. Maybe someday, the OP will learn that lesson.
    As a 2009 high-school graduate, she will (hopefully) have a long time to figure that out... though hopefully it will dawn upon her much sooner.
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    Quote from CurlyKirby
    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 emergency. Another example ... CPR ! It's exhausting,if you're not fit to do it...should that patient pay the price? It's so hypocritical. I understand with long shifts and not much sleep... Gaining weight is extremely easy to do. However,choosing healthy food options ( not vending machines and pepsis) and staying active even on your days off is important.
    How about if the "skinny" nurse has bulimia and the "overweight" nurse has cancer, is taking steroids, and needs to work just to manage co-pays on their medical bills?

    If we buy into the nurse must set an example viewpoint such an unfair scenario could play out. I'd hate to think someone would forego basic health and fitness guidelines because the nurse was overweight when he or she really had a medical condition or side effect of treatment.
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    As a 2009 high-school graduate, she will (hopefully) have a long time to figure that out... though hopefully it will dawn upon her much sooner.


    Yep. She's young, inexperienced, not a nurse yet, new to allnurses ... I guess we should give her a chance to "grow up" before we criticize her too harshly.

    Someday, she'll have the aches and pains of orthopedic stress ... along with the other physicial imperfections associated with a longer life. And maybe then she will understand -- she will know that she is still valuable to society -- not just in spite of those physicial problems, but because of them.
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    She may be young and inexperienced but she should not be unfamiliar with discrimination....whether that discrimination is due to weight, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age.
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    I'm assuming you are trying to cause irritation on purpose because that was a particularly nasty comment you made. If you were not; however, and that was your true ignorance then allow me to enlighten you on something great you may miss out on due to your prejudice. I am an RN with only one year experience thus far.

    One of the nurses I have had the privilege to work with, who has been a nurse for 15 years and is obese, taught me great time-management on an intensely busy post-op Med/Surg unit when nothing else was working and I was at my wits end. Her experience and knowledge level prevents her from having to run around like an inexperienced nurse does. A patient would be the worse off for having you as their nurse over her!

    Another nurse, one of my charge nurses, was overweight as well. She has been a nurse for 20 years and gives advice to some MD's as she is that intelligent. She is a fantastic teacher, and for a new nurse you will learn just how valuable that is! I have told her, and my Director, that with how crazy busy that unit is that if it were not for her I would have quit nursing all together! I cannot tell you how much I have learned from her.

    With the viewpoint you have you will discredit other nurses abilities and capabilities in the beginning and you are going to severely lose out in that process. I am hoping you will change your mind on this because you will be a much better nurse in the end because of it! Also ask yourself will you treat your patients differently because they have diseases and conditions that could have been prevented? And let me tell you there is no shortage of those!
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    Quote from CT Pixie
    <----Running to the microwave to make the popcorn for the fireworks that will for sure begin shortly
    That WAS the point of this thread, wasn't it???
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    Quote from LadyFree28
    That WAS the point of this thread, wasn't it???
    I'm assuming so.
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    Quote from Esme12
    She may be young and inexperienced but she should not be unfamiliar with discrimination....whether that discrimination is due to weight, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age.
    Actually, it's only illegal to discriminate on the basis of weight in Michigan, Washington DC, San Franscisco and Santa Cruz.
    Quit Floating Me likes this.
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    Personally speaking, I care for so many others that I often do not have time to care for myself. I work full time, I am in school full time, and I have a three year old, a husband, and a fluffy dog that requires walks. Although I'm not "obese" I am "overweight". I eat what's convenient and I don't even get three meals a day. That being said.. I'm near 30 and don't give a flying crap about what someone thinks about my weight. If you don't like it, don't look, and if you're upset by something so trivial, you're going into the wrong field.
    Surprised1, timmedico, nrsang97, and 7 others like this.


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