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Nurses need a pedometer

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Specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele. Has 26 years experience.

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Nursing is demanding, no doubt about it. We all know that there are health benefits of regular walking. But, good grief, this is overkill. It has been said that a Nurse can walk approximately 4 miles during one 12-hour shift. I'll bet you have walked even more on your shift. What area of nursing do you work and how many miles a day do you put in?

Beverage

Specializes in Cardiac/Telemetry.

I have a Fitbit flex I drop in the pocket of my scrub pants while working and in my jeans at home. I walk between 4-5 miles in a 12 hour shift depending on the location of my pt assignment (close to Nurse station vs end of the hall). This weeks stats: [TABLE=width: 100%, align: left]

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[TD=width: 120, bgcolor: #f6f6f6, align: right]DAILY AVERAGE

8,375 steps

BEST DAY

10,737 steps

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[TD=bgcolor: #f6f6f6, align: left]TOTAL DISTANCE

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[TD=bgcolor: #f6f6f6, align: right]DAILY AVERAGE

3.52 miles

BEST DAY

4.50 miles[/TD]

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Brian, ASN, RN

Specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele. Has 26 years experience.

That is awesome, thanks for sharing your stats Beverage! I'm been using the Jawebone UP24 and been testing the Garmin Vivosmart, I'm loving the geeky quantification of stats of these activity and sleep tracking devices:)

CT Pixie, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

I have one that was already an app on my phone. I have an average of 7000 steps which comes to around 3 miles for an 8 hr shift. However I don't think its very accurate as I've seen it stay on one number when I counted the steps I took and it didn't add them on. No matter, I know how much a i walk a day..sometimes I think its better for me to NOT know how much walking i really do every day :)

Awesome! I'm getting one!

I have a fitbit and it is great. It's pretty accurate I find. I can do around 10000 steps in a 12 shift at least.

I get about 12,000-15,000 steps in an 8 hour shift. My biggest day was 21,000. I have a fitbit zip.

I also have a flex, and 8000-10,000 steps, or about 4.5 miles, is typical for me with 12 hour shifts. It wouldn't surprise me if I hit 12,000 one day last week, but it just happened to be the day I forgot the fitbit at home on the charger.

Tenebrae, BSN, RN

Specializes in Mental Health, Gerontology, Palliative. Has 8 years experience.

I work in a LTC.

I use the one on my phone. Most days do between 10-15,000 steps daily. Equates to between 9-15kms

I have a fitbit. I walk 8000-12,000 steps during a 12 hr shift. That's around 4-5 miles.

NICURN29

Specializes in NICU. Has 11 years experience.

I use the Jawbone UP24 and usually clock 10,000+ steps on the days I work 12-hour shifts.

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 25 years experience.

My average is on par with the rest of the posters. About 10000-12000 steps in a 12 hour shift. My question...if I am walking 4-5 miles every day I work, why oh why am I not in better shape?

I wore a pedometer when I was in charge of a 70 bed cardiovascular stepdown. I ended up walking seven miles on a slower night, but eight to nine was typical.

My average is on par with the rest of the posters. About 10000-12000 steps in a 12 hour shift. My question...if I am walking 4-5 miles every day I work, why oh why am I not in better shape?

It wasn't until I tracked my calories in a food diary (I use My Fitness Pal) that I realized that I ate way too much & snacked on a lot of junk food! After cutting back on caloric intake a bit at a time, I also started exercising on top of my usual walking at work. I started with 15 minutes on the elliptical (felt like I was having a heart attack) and added 5 minutes every few weeks until now I'm up to 60-90 minutes (no heart attack)! It took a about a year to go from an "obese" BMI to a "normal" BMI. I had more energy but it wasn't until I added weight training that I slimmed down more even though my scale says I weigh the same after my initial weight loss. The 40 lbs has been off 3 years now. I'm in better shape and slimmer in sizing now then when my hubby first met almost 20 years ago.

When people ask what the "secret" is, I tell them eat less and make healthier food choices & exercise more! I eat normal foods (not a special diet), snack in healthier foods, have occasional junk food in small amounts and exercise 2-4 times/week. The weight stays off & I'm healthier overall.

I encourage everyone to do it because it's a healthy lifestyle & easy to maintain which crash diets & boot camp training really isn't a long term thing.

They say that after your body gets use to a certain exercise, that you need to do more than just walking at work. My mom went to weight watchers and they said that while it is great that you walk the dog for 30 mins a day (or any other daily activity that you do) but after awhile your need to do more to meet your exercise needs. Makes sense to me.

Lennonninja, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in MICU - CCRN, IR, Vascular Surgery. Has 9 years experience.

One night back when I was a patient care tech, my pedometer read 9 miles after a shift. Even my toenails hurt after that night!

herring_RN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical. Has 48 years experience.

It wasn't until I tracked my calories in a food diary (I use My Fitness Pal) that I realized that I ate way too much & snacked on a lot of junk food! After cutting back on caloric intake a bit at a time, I also started exercising on top of my usual walking at work. I started with 15 minutes on the elliptical (felt like I was having a heart attack) and added 5 minutes every few weeks until now I'm up to 60-90 minutes (no heart attack)! It took a about a year to go from an "obese" BMI to a "normal" BMI. I had more energy but it wasn't until I added weight training that I slimmed down more even though my scale says I weigh the same after my initial weight loss. The 40 lbs has been off 3 years now. I'm in better shape and slimmer in sizing now then when my hubby first met almost 20 years ago.

When people ask what the "secret" is, I tell them eat less and make healthier food choices & exercise more! I eat normal foods (not a special diet), snack in healthier foods, have occasional junk food in small amounts and exercise 2-4 times/week. The weight stays off & I'm healthier overall.

I encourage everyone to do it because it's a healthy lifestyle & easy to maintain which crash diets & boot camp training really isn't a long term thing.

Congratulations!

I don't have a pedometer, but my feet don't hurt at all if I only work 4-5 hours, just a bit for 8 hours, and after a 12 hour shift i suddenly realize they REALLY hurt as i stagger to the car.

I usually keep up with how much I walk at work and I usually walk 5 miles in a 12 hour shift. My body feels wore out! Any suggestions on how to feel better to be able to take care of acute care patients? Recently I was introduced to THRIVE but I have not noticed any benefits from it.