Quote from CurlyKirby
I've been seeing a lot of obese nurses lately.
I've been seeing lots of obese nurses and physicians and cops and teachers and politicians and priests and clerks and engineers and...
Obesity is a huge issue in our country and nurses are a significant percentage of the population and hence, many obese nurses.
In my opinion it's not setting the right example
Who gives a rip? We're not here to be examples of piety and virtue. And the truth is, the patients don't look at us as examples, anyhow.
Oh, I see. Do you view 'safety' as a binary condition, either something is or is not safe? What is the safe BMI? How 'bout the safe IQ or safe age? Or safe knowledge level? Or safe sleep habits? Or safe amount of upper-body strength? Perhaps only men of certain stature should be permitted to be nurses. Much safer, you know.
If someone codes or there's a fire a nurses who is huge can't run to get to/from the emergency.
Hm... in my 700-bed trauma center, running is forbidden. It's not safe, you know.
Another example ... CPR ! It's exhausting,if you're not fit to do it...should that patient pay the price?
Well, one can have a BMI of 21 and still be unfit if they don't get aerobic exercise. And I've seen some pretty large folks pull their 2-minutes in the rotation without difficulty.
In fact, I'd argue that 250 lb nurse is more likely to give good chest compressions than a 125 lb nurse... more upper body weight to drop onto the chest.
Not to mention that nurses generally have more specialized tasks in codes than doing CPR.
Hypocritical? How's that?
Definition: The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform.
Does the fact of being obese mean somehow that said nurse is claiming some moral standard or belief about obesity?
Here's a thought: Maybe the hypocrisy is facing you in the mirror since you seem to be picking this particular health disorder out of the myriad.
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.
Sure it is (or they are). So are driving the speed limit, avoiding tobacco, and wearing a helmet every time one rides a bike. Does that mean violators of those good-health practices are also unfit to be nurses?
Your prescription for the problem is so oversimplistic that it's almost difficult to believe that you're actually a nurse. Perhaps you just know very little about disease processes.
a 69", 175 lb male.