Do you think nursing is physically unhealthy? - page 4

I work part time because I think it is healthier than working full time as a nurse because even if you are a great nurse, you are exposed to stress everyday. Do you agree?... Read More

  1. by   mom and nurse
    Quote from summersent
    I have a question to the ones that are finding it very tough and stressful is it because your doing mostly bedside nursing? what area of nursing do you work in?

    Bedside nursing is rough. I'm seriously thinking of an outpatient clinic since I'm in graduate school or if I don't complete all the course work I am considering community health. Being a nurse away from the hospital setting probably will still be stressful, but it should be a little less hard on the body.
    Last edit by mom and nurse on Jun 3, '07
  2. by   mom and nurse
    duplicate post
    Last edit by mom and nurse on Jun 3, '07 : Reason: duplicate post
  3. by   uk_nurse
    i work full time and have 4 children, my youngest is 2yrs old. i do get tired and drained but i would say im healthy. Im hardly off sick and when i am off it tends to be the children who are ill, so i have carers day.
  4. by   CRAZInhess
    Nursing indeed is physically unhealthy. but you should not consider yourself a nurse if you'll be as much as unhealthy as your patients. we nurses should know all those anti- stress techniques, those preventive measures we've always been applying and all that so we'll stay HEALTHY ayt?
  5. by   DutchgirlRN
    Physically unhealthy, no working days, yes working nights. Definately emotionally challenging which can lead to mental health problems.
  6. by   teeituptom
    no its perfectly healthy for you, as long as you go golfing, exercise, and drink lots of coffee and tea
  7. by   AngBthatsme
    I've been a nurse for five years and two months ago I had a laminectomy and diskectomy. This job is not only emotionally stressful, but it is physically stressful. New nurses make sure to watch your body mechincs.
  8. by   sinagbayan
    Nursing is really a stressful profession. But I guess it also depends on the unit you're assigned and the people you work with and of course, your own personality. If you're a type A, you probably would not last 15 years, if at all.
  9. by   mikethern
    Quote from teeituptom
    no its perfectly healthy for you, as long as you go golfing, exercise, and drink lots of coffee and tea
    No offense, but that's like saying that smoking is perfectly healthy for you, as long as you go golfing and exercise.
  10. by   jimmy9
    Very unhealthy. Stress and a backache, what else can you ask for?
  11. by   nurseinlimbo
    I think that it depends on where you work, what shift and whether it's full time or part time. Management can also make a workplace toxic, as can coworkers.
    I work mostly nights, and I'm starting to find that I am not getting enough exercise, don't have a social life, don't know when to eat anymore, and even though my home life is ok, I think it would be better on rotating shifts.

    I refuse to work in the hospital, as the floors are known for their toxic environments and overtime, new grads and new hires are abused alot.

    I think that we are expected to neglect ourselves for the "common good" and that a warm body at work is often all that is really important. I find that alot of the nurses that I work with are becoming extremely selfish and only look out for #1.

    The best way to work is per diem, for even partime turns into full time unless you don't mind everyone hating you.
  12. by   SharonH, RN
    Bedside nursing can have a negative impact on your health both physical and emotional. I have decided that I will no longer work at a job that I can't leave at the job, so to speak. If it's unhealthy in any way, I don't want any part of it.
  13. by   Nursebarebari
    Oh yes, I think nursing is physically unhealthy. I just took motrin for back pain due to lifting and pulling and pushing. More than half of my co-workers have been on sick leave for a long time at one time. A lot nurses I work with wear back support to work daily. And the exposure blood and air borne diseases is unspaeakable. Some times patients spend number of days post adm before they are dx with air borne diseases. And then the doctors, nurse managers, fellow nurses and the UAP's, all of these people add stress to one. Nevertheless, I love nursing and I do my best to protect myself and I also pray to the almighty to protect me daily.
    Last edit by Nursebarebari on Jun 24, '07