Battling the Bulge? Don't Apply to This Hospital

  1. A Texas hospital, already embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit filed by doctors of Indian descent, has instituted a highly unusual hiring policy: It bans job applicants from employment for being too overweight.

    The Citizens Medical Center policy, instituted a little more than a year ago, requires potential employees to have a body mass index of less than 35-which is 210 pounds for someone who is 5-foot-5, and 245 pounds for someone who is 5-foot-10. It states that an employee's physique "should fit with a representational image or specific mental projection of the job of a healthcare professional," including an appearance "free from distraction" for hospital patients.
    http://www.texastribune.org/texas-he...obese-workers/
    •  
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   MunoRN
    You know it's an employer's market when...
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    .........
    Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Apr 4, '12 : Reason: never mind
  5. by   Aurora77
    It's not any different from refusing to hire smokers. In fact, I'd say that's the next logical step. I don't agree with the policy, but it does make some sense.
  6. by   GitanoRN
    i learned over the years...if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.
  7. by   Purple_Scrubs
    From the article: “The majority of our patients are over 65, and they have expectations that cannot be ignored in terms of personal appearance,” hospital chief executive David Brown said in an interview.

    So they are going to try and pin this on customer service? Bowing to the "expectations" of the clients? If a patient is sick enough, I guarantee they could care less about the appearance of their nurse as long as he/she is providing good care. This whole thing is just bizarre to me.
  8. by   FLmomof5
    We have seen many discussions about nurses who smoke. It went from smoking outside to not being able to smoke on campus to hospitals testing for nicotine.

    In those discussions, it was flippantly mentioned,"wait till they go after the obese"....

    For those who feared it, it has begun:

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/05...iscriminatory/
  9. by   beeker
    Yikes
  10. by   mc3
    Quote from FLmomof5
    We have seen many discussions about nurses who smoke. It went from smoking outside to not being able to smoke on campus to hospitals testing for nicotine.

    In those discussions, it was flippantly mentioned,"wait till they go after the obese"....

    For those who feared it, it has begun:

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/05...iscriminatory/

    Yep, I always said it was a slippery slope...........
    mc3
  11. by   MN-Nurse
    Quote from mc3
    Yep, I always said it was a slippery slope...........
    mc3
    I've noticed that to some people, *everything* is a slippery slope.
  12. by   DemonWings
    Wow, regularly obese people are out, yet morbidly obese people are free to apply?? I totally get that disabled people should not be discriminated against, but this just seems weird to me.
  13. by   WildcatFanRN
    And when they can't find enough qualified applicants who meet their rather narrow requirements, since even the article states that over 60% of the general population would be inelgible for hire, what will they do to make up for the short staffing? Oh wait, as long as thier staff "looks" good who cares if they are run ragged and patient care suffers.

    What's next, "sorry we can't hired you because our patients only prefer people with certain facial features"?
  14. by   NRSKarenRN
    Merged threads.

close