'Unhealthy' nurses...bad examples? - page 4

I hope this post doesn't offend anyone,but I have noticed a lot of the nurses I know are overweight,smokers or both. Obviously people become nurses because they completed school,and are qualified to... Read More

  1. by   ambraberger
    Health is on the inside as well as the outside. I struggle with my weight. I am working on it. I also take medication that makes it hard for me to lose the extra weight. I am self conscious about it. But I also know that I have the biggest heart, and am very caring in my profession. That is something that cannot be taught or learned.
  2. by   TazziRN
    Quote from Pompom
    A personal pet peeve is nurses, respiratory therapists, doctors who reek of smoke ! Disgusting!
    Amen! Last December my little one was brought to the ER with really bad croup, stridorous and wheezing on top of it. She had two RT's, the first one reeked like crazy to the point where I found myself backing away from her while holding my child. She had obviously just had a smoke before she was paged. I almost asked her how she could present herself like that to people who were already having trouble breathing..
  3. by   Princess74
    Yes, nurses and other health care professionals know that being overweight and smoking are not healthy but think about it, with all the news media coverage, TV specials etc, etc, etc... EVERYONE knows that its not healthy, its not like we are the only ones who know the risks. Even with that being said I can see where we would get more flak about it because of the position's that we are in, but hey we are human before we are nurses.
  4. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from cookielady,rn
    I personally take offense to the comment that a skinny nurse would be incompetent. One can have beauty and brains.
    What does beauty have to do with skinny?
  5. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from caroladybelle
    What does beauty have to do with skinny?
    And how would she feel about an ugly, skinny nurse, I wonder???
  6. by   ERNP
    Bad examples? I don't think so.

    I remember having to talk about cardiac diets to patients as an overweight nurse. The patients were actually grateful to be speaking to someone who knew how hard lifestyle changes could be to make.

    My co-workers never had much to say (or much room to talk), we were a well fed group.

    One of my co-workers now has suffered some nasty remarks when being fitted for her nursing school uniform. It really made me angry when she told me about it because she is really a great person and will be a great nurse. The fact that she has several endocrine problems that have contributed to her size is certainly not anything she chose and it makes losing weight an extremely difficult proposition for her even with appropriate medical management.

    I agree with Cathie. A healthy body isn't necessarily bone skinny. A healthy body is one that performs when required to perform.

    Cudos, to those in Madrid than banned the runway models for excessive skinniness (as determined by an endocrinologist and BMI determinations) from their fashion week. That example is as bad as any other.
  7. by   rn/writer
    Quote from Elisheva
    In life, there are:

    1. Accountants who don't balance their own checkbooks
    2. Preachers who commit adultery
    3. Beauticians who have bad hairdos
    4. Millionaires who drive 1968 orange pick-up trucks
    5. Chefs who eat fast food
    6. Mary Kay ladies who wear Clinque

    Humans are full of contradictions.
    Can you say Donald Trump. That just jumped out at me.

    I think we're all in agreement that appearances can be misleading--to the good or to the bad.

    I don't know anyone, myself included, whose behavior is completely consistent with their knowledge, their wisdom, or their beliefs. We all fall short of what we want to do and be. We do things we know we shouldn't and don't do things we know we should. But at some point, the healthiest thing you can do is to stop beating yourself up over whatever imperfections you're struggling with and simply be who and where you are.

    Therein lies a peaceful acceptance of what is real. And with that can come the ability to make changes out of freedom rather than compulsion. You no longer have to strive and flail to be acceptable because you already are, warts and all. You can see your faults and know they are not YOU.

    When this happens, other people begin to relax around you because you don't need their approval to feel good. The irony is that in this new conditon, you're far more likely to have their approval. You just won't neeeed it to be happy.

    I'm attracted to people with wisdom and sense and humor and skill and a repertoire of good jokes and a collection of fabulous recipes (along with the willingness to make them) and a silly streak and competence and an appreciation of simple things (like me on some days) and, well, you get the picture.

    Turn-offs are people who are chronically angry, arrogant, boastful, scheming, jealous, vengeful, unforgiving, incompetent, careless, rude and twisted. I can still care about people who have these traits, but sometimes I have to love them from a distance.

    No mention of appearance in either category.
  8. by   CaseManager1947
    Yes too, I am Overweight, like several other posters have mentioned. But, my dear, I was thin and much healthier until I developed RA and three level disc disease, whereupon exercise became impossible, due to pain. I am looking at having WLS next year, to save my life. Just because I am heavy, doesn't mean I'm happy with that either. But likely for an entirely different set of reasons. So if you're young and 21 or 23 years old, exercise now whilst you still can.
  9. by   sweetpea839
    We as nurses, have to think logically about this. We are the health care professionals, but we are also human. When I think of the "ideal" or "perfect" nurse, I don't think about what hair-do, what fashion of scrubs, or what his/her body looks like. Any nurse is also a human. We all have our vices and that doesn't make us bad or good roles models, it just makes us human. We can always strive to be the best we can, but we are not arian.
  10. by   rn/writer
    Quote from fifi2323
    I'm sorry to have caused controversy..I was just curious since I will be going in to nursing and I am overweight,and I was wondering what peoples experiences were.I tend to be a worrier,and was concerned how it would be for me. Of course it is not right to discriminate,and being heavy or a smoker doesn't make a bad nurse or bad person. How you care for someone is most important. Everyone is human and are allowed their vices.I also think we are all here for the same reason and we shouldn't attack one another..just my two cents. Anyway, my post was meant an innocent question and I'm sorry if it was taken as anything else.
    A little controversy is good for the soul.

    Don't worry about people giving you flak because you're overweight. They can think bad thoughts or even make inappropriate comments, but you don't have to accept their negativity. You are wise to think this through ahead of time. That way you can get yourself so emotionally healthy that you won't take their judgment to heart.

    Lose weight because you want to, not because other people might give you a hard time.
  11. by   jnrsmommy
    The last time I had to go to my docs office, I was 317 lbs, and by far, the heaviest employee at the hospital. My bp is always low, my good and bad cholesterol is low, I don't have diabetes, I don't eat junk food (my worst eating habit is that I eat once, maybe twice a day) and I just recently quit smoking (which, by the way, I only did when I was at work). If I did get a chance to take a smoke break (or any break for that matter), I made sure to brush my teeth after, pop a breath mint, and febreeze myself before I went back on the floor. Never had a pt complain. Actually even saw a few pts in the smoking area who were surprised that I smoked. I am a competent nurse. I show up on time, every time, I give 100% to my calling, I admit my mistakes, I always ask questions (hmmmm, now I see where my kids get it from), and I know that I am not perfect. You know, the biggest flak I would get from my pts is that I would never wear my hair down. Ewww, my hair is past the bum, and I've had to get into some pretty nasty situations before, I don't think so. Anyway, I digress. When I made the decision to become a nurse, I was in the hospital after having my first daughter (emergency c-section). I don't remember what any of the nurses looked like. What I do remember is that for the four days I was there, I rarely saw a nurse, when one did come in, I might have been a piece of furninture for all the attention I got. The shift before dc, this nurse came in and made me feel like a person again. She talked w/ me (not to me), answered all my questions or found someone who could if she couldn't, and even though she was busy, came by frequently to just check on me and the baby (rooming-in). I wish I could remember her name. She made what was supposed to be one of the happiest moments for me, that turned into the worst, that much better again. That is what mattered to me, as a patient, and as a nurse, she is the goal I attempt to achieve every day when I go to work.
  12. by   grace90
    Quote from fifi2323
    I hope this post doesn't offend anyone,but I have noticed a lot of the nurses I know are overweight,smokers or both. Obviously people become nurses because they completed school,and are qualified to do their jobs,which has nothing to do with physical appearance or vices.

    Its common knowledge that smoking and/or obesity can kill you,but I would think those in the healthcare field would have a more acute idea of how health is jeopardized by these things. I am asking one out of curiousity,and secondly because I myself am overweight. I was just wondering if anybody has ever gotten any flak from patients or higher-ups? Or do you feel you aren't taken as seriously because of how you look,or because you need a cigarette break? I hope this hasn't happened,since its discriminatory and wrong,but we all know that doesn't mean much!
    :deadhorse :deadhorse Not this again...
  13. by   texas_lvn
    Quote from Elisheva
    In life, there are:

    1. Accountants who don't balance their own checkbooks
    2. Preachers who commit adultery
    3. Beauticians who have bad hairdos
    4. Millionaires who drive 1968 orange pick-up trucks
    5. Chefs who eat fast food
    6. Mary Kay ladies who wear Clinque

    Humans are full of contradictions.

    That is sooooo the truth. I am an obese person, but I love my patients. I work out 4-5 times a week, watch what I eat, and dont drink anything but water!

    op, Anywhere you go, if you are self consious of yourself, then you will believe that everyone is "judging" you. Kinda like wearing a blue sock and a black sock. you are concious about it, but others around you may not even notice. And if they do notice, or you talk about it first, everyone tends to agree that it has happened to them. If you are unhappy with yourself, fix it. I do not in any way to sound mean, just trying to help. You are you, and I am sure that you are/will be a great nurse! Dont sweat the small stuff. I think the biggest thing to remember is that if you are unable to do CPR for lets say 10-15 minutes, then you need to work out. If you are unable to do that, then you are putting a full code pt at risk. Good luck, and PM me if needed.
    Heartfully said, Texas.