Nursing School: Did you GAIN or LOSE weight? - page 5
...or did you stay the same? Please add more if you like :D. I have a feeling I am going to gain, unless I plan my meals. I'm hoping that I am too busy to eat. LOL. That might help.... Read More
Jul 17, '09Occupation: CRRN, now a case management RN Specialty: Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 38,032; Likes: 69,261Let's see. . .I gained 40 pounds while attending an LPN/LVN program in 2005. I slowly piled on 15 additional pounds while working as an LVN before losing 50 pounds in late 2007 and early 2008.
Fast-forward to 2009. I started attending an RN bridge program in January of this year, and have gained 30 pounds since the new year began. Yes, I do have issues with compulsive eating, disordered eating, and excessive snacking during times of stress or emotional turmoil. School brings out the worst in me.
Jul 17, '09Occupation: RN Specialty: Med-Surg, Oncology, telemetry/stepdown ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 132; Likes: 85First year, I stayed about the same weight...2nd year, all bets were off! the stress level increased tremendously, and I spent more time sitting on my butt studying than out doing other things..I gained maybe 15-20 lbs over the year! Now things have calmed down...I have graduated, passed boards, and gotten a job..now I can hopefully start to get back on track and lose weight! I'm sure being an actual RN won't be as stressful as being in nursing school!!....haha I'm kidding...
Jul 17, '09Occupation: LVN Specialty: Geriatrics; Psyche ; From: US ; Joined: Jul '09; Posts: 39; Likes: 13I gained 20 lbs too... 22 to be exact. Haha!! LOL!!
Your funny. I love how your post takes me away from thinking i failed mt nclex-pn.
I was working as a cna full time while in school. I even worked double shifts then go to clinicals straight after work and basically trying to stay up more than 24 hours but I made it. I took a lot of caffeine, lots of energy shots and ate lots of quick foods. My teacher even came up with our food diary and we all found out that all we eat was crap but those times, i was living by myself, i was really determined to pass school and not be late on rent and bill payments. Thank God i work in SNF as a CNA, they were really nice to let me study for an hour or two as long as my patients are sleeping and dry. If i didnt gain this much weight, I would have passed out and not made it through nursing school. HAHA!!! Im starting to lose em now. But it sure is worth it eating peanuts and crackers just to stay up or chewing a gum and getting nagged by the doctor coz i chew too much. HAHAHA!!! Those were the days. I kinda miss those days.
Jul 17, '09Occupation: Care Aide/Unlicensed LPN (I give meds and perform basic nursing tasks and assessments) Joined: Jul '08; Posts: 103; Likes: 88Neither. So far, the same. I didn't gain weight when I started university either. I also eat healthy and am rather accountable for my actions. Weight gain should not be 'accepted' as a 'normal' part of the nursing school process. Even if you work shift work.
I see nurses who eat crap all day/night. They wonder why they are so tired, overweight, etc. and can barely get through a shift. It always drives me bonkers (I don't understand) how nurses and nursing students are completely clueless about how bad their diets can be. Especially when a part of nursing is health promotion education.
If you can take the extra 20 minutes to make some baked lemon salmon, brown rice (actually they have instant brown rice now), and some veggies with olive oil, it will pay off tenfold when you have that extra energy for your shift.
For most people, if you eat healthy (and I'm not talking those processed 'Lean Cuisine' meals that the lay public have been brainwashed to see as 'healthy'...shudder), exercise, and sleep well, this should help you avoid major weight gain. Take the time to take care of yourself first.
P.S. I'm not a 'stress eater', but I've heard it's a 'woman thing' As a female who tends to think more like a male (for better or for worse), I have to admit that I have no idea what this entails. That said, if you have a food addiction/stress induced eating, it would make sense to address the issue, much like an alcoholic, smoker, or drug user would seek counselling.