'Unhealthy' nurses...bad examples? - page 6

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   momo'3
    In an ideal world, all nurses and doc's etc..... would lead perfect healthy lifestyles. We live in an imperfect world and make the best of it. In my mind being human makes us good nurses, we're the ones who watch out for the "whole person". The fact that some of us are more visably imperfect doesn't make us ineffective.
  2. by   momo'3
    Reminds me of a quote from my late-great Dad, "It takes all kinds and unfortunatley there are all kinds!"
  3. by   SillyLilly
    Im overweight.....not too bad now that I have lost some weight. Actually starting as a nurse extern helped that since I was walking around for 8hrs-compared to an office job before that.

    I always laugh though, at when we have inservices or meetings or anything like that in a hospital, they always serve us Pop, Cookies, Chips, Donuts.......
  4. by   Antikigirl
    I pay no attention to that...each nurse is an individual and have a right to it!

    I got flack one day when a patient caught me in the hallway after a smoke break as I was going to my locker to freshen up (I will put on fabreze, mints, and even change my shirt/pants if necessary!). She got mad that I was a smoker and didn't want me to care for her. I said FINE! SO after a few minutes of another nurse that wasn't as funny and light hearted she asked for me back! I came in, discussed things with her...and she understood that this had NOTHING to do with my ability as a nurse, just a bad habit I have...and thankfully the only one!

    I am cool with acceptance of many different things...and I am a true believer than NURSE is secondary to individual person!
  5. by   jeanine622
    Quote from ktwlpn
    Do a search on this board-you'll find numerous threads on this topic.Most ended up locked.As for me-I don't really care if my doctor smokes or my president screws around (or if my DOCTOR screws around either)-just as long as they are competent to perform their duties.I think my persoanl life is just that-unless I am impaired on the job.
  6. by   ortess1971
    I find it so ironic that nurses are supoosed to be examples of healthy living when:
    1) Most hospital cafeterias serve horrible ,unhealthy food
    2) You can actually get in trouble for calling out sick
    3)When exactly are we supposed to make doctors appointments if we work days and often have to work later due to short staffing?
    4)My last semester of nursing school, someone ran over my left foot with a bed-ended up with a chip fracture. I actually swore my patient to secrecy because I knew that I couldn't attend clinical in a cast or ortho shoe and I had 3 weeks of school left.
    5) Many of us either overeat to deal with stress and sadness(I'm guilty of this) or smoke. Granted, these are bad for you but it's either that, or have a breakdown and I don't think you get any time out for breakdowns...they simply tell patients and visitors "just ignore that lady in scrubs that's rocking back and forth and muttering to herself.." I have started going to the gym again-I'm trying to get my nice figure back...I had the nicest legs and butt back in the day!
  7. by   Tweety
    I think my experiences as a nurse have helped motivate to me become as healthy as I can be at the moment. I know the end stage misery of COPD, so I don't smoke. I know the end stage misery of obesity and being 40 years old in CHF and unable to walk to the bathroom, so I try to maintain a healthy weight. I try to eat 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily and restrict saturated fat because my nursing experiences has motivated me to.

    Of course I'm human and have my vices and problems and am by no stretch of anyone's imagination a role model for anyone. I make my individual choices for myself and choose not to judge my fellow nurses. For me and me alone it would be very difficult to take care of a COPD patient and run out and smoke without it nagging at me pysche in some way.
  8. by   scribblerpnp
    Just to stay on track... the origional post wasn't asking if we think better nurses are healthier nurses. It was asking if own vices have caused us to get flak from patients or made it more difficult to be taken seriously when we provide care, teaching.

    Just seemed that the post was going to a place the origional poster didn't intend to go.
  9. by   dragonflyRN
    Relate to your patient if you can. I know the end stages also. The chronic patients also know what they are facing. Accept the patient that will not quit smoking. They do have that choice, regardless of your beliefs. As good as it is to educate, if the patient is not willing to learn, there is not much else you can do.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Someone being unhealthy cannot necessarily be seen physically. I am of normal weight, i work out, i eat right. Yet, if you're my pt., you can't "see" that i have high cholesterol. So, guess i'm a bad example, IF i were supposed to be a role model.

    We have a pulmologist that smokes. Would someone like to go up to him and tell him he's a bad example lol?
  11. by   proverbs2511
    If you smell of cigarette smoke, you cannot teach a patient the value of quitting. I quit smoking 7 years ago and it is much easier to tell patients not to smoke. I am overweight, as most people are these days, and I know that it affects my ability to teach others the healthy benefits of a nutritious diet and exercise. I know that all of us know this, we just find it easier to say we don't care. I would rather have a president and a doctor and a nurse with high moral values, if it were possible. All my opinions and, I must say, now that I am 55, they are a lot different than when I was 25!
  12. by   Josh L.Ac.
    Quote from ERNP
    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.

    So it is okay to discriminate against a group for setting a bad example because they have a low BMI, but not fair to do it to a group that has a high one?
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Josh L.Ac.
    So it is okay to discriminate against a group for setting a bad example because they have a low BMI, but not fair to do it to a group that has a high one?
    Excellent point.