Extremely Overweight Nurses - page 2

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  Esme12} profile page
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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.
    Nurse Leigh, newhospicern, macfar28, and 25 others like this.
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  3. Visit  bendyprissy} profile page
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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!
  4. Visit  CT Pixie} profile page
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    <----Running to the microwave to make the popcorn for the fireworks that will for sure begin shortly
  5. Visit  LadyFree28} profile page
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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???
  6. Visit  CT Pixie} profile page
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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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  7. Visit  kungpoopanda} profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  bagface} profile page
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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.
  9. Visit  kungpoopanda} profile page
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    Not sure why people are so defensive on this subject. I think the OP has some valid points. She was not talking about the just overweight or even moderately overweight, the topic is Extremely overweight nurses. They exist, they are possibly OHs hazards, if only to themselves. They are not good role models and health professionals should model the behaviour they wish to encourage. Physios and other allied health staff manage it.
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  10. Visit  nursej22} profile page
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    Oh, thank you OP for the advice. I thought my weight was related to genetics, hormones, stress and elevated cortisol levels, irregular meal times and my antidepressant. I just to need to eat healthier and all my poundage will melt away!
    No wait, I can't remember the last time I used a vending machine and I don't drink soda. I am at the gym 3 times a week and religiously take the stairs.
    Hmmmm, what could it be?
  11. Visit  IrishErin} profile page
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    Quote from kungpoopanda

    Actually, it's only illegal to discriminate on the basis of weight in Michigan, Washington DC, San Franscisco and Santa Cruz.
    It might only be illegal to be discriminatory in those states, but its rude and unprofessional everywhere.
  12. Visit  Esme12} profile page
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    Quote from kungpoopanda
    Actually, it's only illegal to discriminate on the basis of weight in Michigan, Washington DC, San Franscisco and Santa Cruz.
    Just because it isn't "the law" ......doesn't mean it isn't discrimination.
    macfar28, Surprised1, ToyaB, and 9 others like this.
  13. Visit  LoveNeverDies} profile page
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    I think extreme obesity can affect people's work in some situations but it isn't guaranteed. Im 115 pounds, and let me tell you until I really started working on my arms, I had a very difficult time maneuvering and doing CPR as a lifeguard. Does that mean I cannot be a good Nurse? A lot of factors go into weight, it isn't as easy for some people to lose weight as others. I think your wording was offensive to a lot of people, and I hope in clinical and as a Nurse you won't be as judgmental as your post makes you seem.
    DizzyLizzyNurse, Surprised1, Loplop, and 8 others like this.
  14. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person} profile page
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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.
    Does the thin nurse with bulimia, anorexia nervosa, poorly-controlled Type 1 diabetes, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, or a meth addiction set a good example? Are they safe?
    Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Jul 12, '13 : Reason: more info


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