Setting a bad example? - page 8

I am curious about what people think about working nurses who are extremely out of shape, obese, smokers, etc. I work in a CVICU where a good portion of the nurses are overweight and out of shape,... Read More

  1. by   Q.

    I think you are arguing now just to argue.

    If I carried the attitude that my impact on my patients is minimal, then I would not being doing my job to the fullest.

    We all need to work together and not rely on the clinic RNs (which by the way, I work in a clinic also the RNs don't have any patient care, only the MAs do - and they don't do teaching) to educate these patients who may no-show for their appts.

    Also, my unit has received breastfeeding calls from moms with babies up to 2 years old, as well as voiding/stooling concerns.
  2. by   fergus51
    Originally posted by mcl4

    One in which nurses in L&D or PP plays a small role in. Teaching goes well beyond the hospital stay which will influence parents through the next eighteen years and beyond. I
    think you have a minimal role over a patient in the hospital for six hours, a day or two and in reality health professionals in a clinic setting will have far more reaching influences
    in teaching them about health issues in their families lives..
    How is this any different from any other floor? In our hospital people don't stay any longer than is absolutely necessary on med surg or ICU floor either. I should add that some mothers stay longer when they need more teaching, and unfortunately I disagree with the idea that most women seek out information when they are pregnant. I get a LOT of mothers with no prenatal teaching, spotty medical care and no experience with babies. I had a 34 year old first time mother who thought it was acceptable to only breastfeed every eight hours. Moms like this need a lot of teaching and I have to grab every available moment. I am not going to send her home when I know her baby will starve.

    Oh, and our moms and babies room together. The nursery is strictly for babies with health problems. That may be why you got the impression we all go in at 2 am wake up a sleeping mom and start lecturing. In actuality most teaching at night is done with feeds when the moms are awake anyways. Teaching can not always be done during the day because moms usually sleep when baby does and I wouldn't wake a mom up at 2 pm either.
  3. by   bonde0613
    "I can't imagine that this makes a good impression on patients when these nurses sit down for teaching about risk factors, or to the general public when they come to visit. "

    I have read this post each day and finally I feel a need to defend the original this seems to be a big game of "Telephone" similar to what I used to play in 5th grade: The original message has totally been lost.

    Matt never once said what his impressions were. He simply asked about the patients' and general public's perceptions were. He wanted to get a discussion going on how other nurses felt about this issue. And, my goodness - a discussion certainly followed!

    I speak with very personal knowledge when I say that Matt is anything but judgemental towards people who struggle with weight and other addictions. Matt loves the nurses he works with, and frequently talks about what wonderful nurses they truly are. HE does not need to defend HIS views because that was not the original point at all. He simply was questioning the affect this had on patients' and the general public! Geesh!
  4. by   mattcastens
    The following arrived in my private messages from nocnurse, and is posted here with her permission:

    Matt, I agree with you. As an ex-smoker, it hurts me to see nurses doing the very things you mentioned. I have always felt that if I could quit, everybody could. But I understand how hard it is, too. the other thing that I hate seeing as a morbidly obese nurse doing bedside nursing. We had a nurse like that years ago who huffed and puffed just getting out of her chair and walking down the hall to a patient's room. Can't imagine how a patient could feel like they are getting good, competant care from someone in worse shape that they are (I was working a CABG stepdown surg floor at the time)! Yes, it concerns me. I am waiting for a non-smoking pt. to tell a smoker nurse who just came in from her "break" to "get your nasty breathe out of my face!" LOL But, they don't, and I don't understand it. The other thing I take exception to with the smoker nurses is that they get their "smoke breaks" no matter what now days. I remember back in the "old days" that we didn't get those "smoke breaks" unless our work was done. Now you are not only super-busy with your own pts., but having to cover for their pts. when they go out. and it isn't a matter of them asking you to cover for them. They just leave, saying "I'm taking a break!" and off they go. Then when their pts. lights go off and they need something that you can do - guess who's doing it! I think I am going to start taking "non-smoke breaks" and leaving the floor. But have you noticed that if a non-smoker says anything about going off the floor - WOW, the looks you get! It's as if they are expected to go smoke, but you aren't even allowed to take a break. Like something must be wrong with YOU if you even think about it! Getting old fast. Don't have an answer, except that I am now over 50, and have decided it is time to start taking care of myself. It's hard, though, cause I come from a work-ethic that says "the pt. always comes first" and there is no such thing as "your pts., my pts. and noever the twain shall meet". Guess I'm just getting old. But I love nursing and will probably drop dead going down a hall to a code when I'm in my 70s! LOL Good luck to you and Happy New Year to your and yours. Would have answered you on the forum, but can't figure out how to post on it yet. Sue