Extremely Overweight Nurses - page 3

by CurlyKirby 23,582 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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    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.
    jaad and Bottomed out like this.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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    Thank goodness this thread started. We'd been sooooo long without a young skinny girl telling us fat old women how hypocritical we are...
    kylee_adns, DizzyLizzyNurse, reaxmadd, and 33 others like this.
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    I understand what you mean....but being thin and a nurse who can't critically think doesn't make you better than a nurse who is overweight and can do her job. I'm sorry but so what if a person is a littler heavier....we all have our flaws and that person who is overweight can competently do her/his job it doesn't matter. Don't be judgemental!!!
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    I picked the wrong profession, I can't drink my Pepsi as I sit with one in hand
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    Being an overweight nurse, I guess I should chime in and add my two cents. I'm sure you are a newbie like most of use but one thing that you will be sure to learn is that pure adrenaline kicks in when we are in a situation that involves life or death. Whether you're fat, small, ginormous, or just slightly over you BMI, your body is gonna go into to high gear and get it moving...lumps, dumps, rolls, muffin tops and all! But thanks to your post, I called weight watchers, and got 4 weeks of meals for the price of one!!!!!
    designer-mommy, Loplop, timmedico, and 6 others like this.


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