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Can a fat nurse be a good nurse?

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This is how it is with my parents. Dads just turn into the little gossip girls don't they! I swear my dad and his "homies" -I call them, get together to go out to dinner twice a month. Once with wives in tow and once without, LOL!!!!!! They call/email each other to figure out where to go and it takes like 10 calls all back and forth like 16 year olds getting together to go to the mall!:lol2:

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But I don't have children, so it can't include me.

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1.) I am not overweight... quite athletic imo.

2.) This post displays ignorance, does it not?

3.) Perhaps the OP forgot critical thinking skills. America as a whole is trending up on the scale, and has been since the 80s. There is ONLY ONE state with about 20% obesity rate (my state, CO). The rest are higher. It wont be long before we are too.

4.) Given the fact that nationally we're trending up, of course RNs are going to follow that trend.

5.) Does being too thin make you a bad nurse?

I've known horrible skinny nurses, and horrible fat nurses. Correlating weight with the 'goodness' of a nurse simply blows my mind. I feel stupid for even posting here because of the ignorance of the OP makes me wonder how you are, if you are, a nurse.

Please post a reply with the hospital you work at so I can steer clear of it. Who knows if I'll get bad nursing care as the result of a snap judgement.

Exactly. Assigning negative connotations to a population of people is alarming. Yes, we all do it, make snap judgments. This is why so many of my instructors say 'nursing caring' can not be taught.

The OP might as well posted a racist categorization, because this assessment is not far off.

Yes... we students may need slack.

But not assigning value based upon stereotypes is something that should have been learned loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong before nursing school... like in the first grade.

I suppose getting it tackled now is better than later when the OP has 'fat' patients...

your posts may me wonder how you could be a caring nurse.

Perhaps you should go back and reread pages 11-12, or try with rereading the original post thoroughly before making "snap judgements and sterotypes" yourself........

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If the PTB are so concerned that nurses aren't taking proper care of themselves, perhaps they should make it easier for a nurse to lead a healthier lifestyle. Meaning, proper staffing so everyone can have their lunches and breaks and a chance to pee every so often. Reduce the stress in the workplace by laying off all the "customer service" crap and backing your nurses instead of sabotaging them..:rolleyes:

Improper staffing is the source of most of the serious problems in health care facilities, imo. With proper staffing, you would have improved morale, health, and RETENTION of quality nurses. Improved staffing would result in better patient outcomes, fewer errors, and huge gains in patient satisfaction. I could go on and on, but the powers that be are shooting themselves in the foot by thinking in the short term (immediate cost cutting) rather than investing in their future by paying for adequate, quality staff.

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Can't get my mom on the computer at all. She says, "I've lived for 73 years w/o it, so why start now?" My dad, on the other hand, it always on. He even has a facebook page!:yeah:

Go, Dad :yeah:

That is too cute.

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Yes, a fat nurse can be a good nurse. There is more to nursing than educating about a healthy lifestyle, but honestly, I don't know if I was a person in the community being educated by an obese nurse who seriously I would be taking it. Yes, there are different reasons for obesity, be majority of the obese people are obese due to their lifestyles. There is the percentage that does have medical reason ( although with healthy lifestyle and proper medication, should be pretty undercontrol)

Obesity is an epidemic in this country, no doubt. It affects all, and is mostly due to lifestyle. I can't tell you how many people I have cared for how were dying because of their lifestyle choices, very modifiable lifestyle choices.

There was one patient who knew she was dying because she was fat. She kept saying it. She knew she didn't lead a healthy lifestyle. And yes, she did die.

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sigh. here we go again. it's still politically correct to pick on the overweight, even though you couldn't target race, genders, religions or sexual preferences.

overweight nurses can be good nurses. or bad nurses. or indifferent nurses.

judgemental people usually aren't good nurses.

thank you for saying this and pointing out the crux of this ongoing, never-ending, nauseating discussion.

at my job i usually park my med cart near the resident living area where the residents sit around watching tv. lately, i've been seeing more of a trend in shows dealing with issues of obesity, and the stories of people going through extraordinary lengths to lose weight or simply to come to terms with their weight.

putting aside my cynicism about tv, i'm starting to think that there is a whole lot more to the obesity epidemic than people just eating too much. some posters have pointed out all the chemicals and environmental issues we're exposed to nowadays and i think that's worth talking about.

i don't know how anyone can just be so judgemental of obesity -- as if it were a lifestyle choice. it seems to me that there is a whole lot more going on there that we need to explore and understand. i have yet to meet an obese person who wants to be that way. from the stigma, to the physical challenges, to the psychological toll, to the medical complications, being obese is not fun for anyone, it is a painful, difficult, and complicated way to live.

i'm relieved to see that the majority of the posters here are not buying into this latest judgement-palooza. i wish that people could just stop coming here and starting threads on this as if it were the most groundbreaking, radical concept ever. take a look around this site. we have been here, done that. many, many times.

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Those disorders can cause and contribute to being overweight, but they won't cause the obesity we are talking about.

People with thyroid problems really don't have the energy or desire to eat that much.

You have to purposely stuff it down with no self control in order to become obese.

And this is old news, having be re-hashed and discredited for >40 years. Google everything.

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Hypothyroid can cause lethargy and weight gain.

Hyperthyroid can cause restlessness and weight loss.

Just curious- what does your user name mean? :)

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OK, I will add my 2cents....I have been fat at 5'2" 177lbs and have been thin at 137lbs on both occasions I was already a nurse. I have never ever felt so tired and simply not well as when I was FAT...I do not refer to the physcal implications in terms of my appearance but rather my stamina my endurance and my overall health....There is no way that as a fat nurse I was feeling GREAT health wise..l.yeah I felt great when I was eating my favorite ice cream or my favorite burger....but it did have a negative impact on my health and therefore my job performance not a whole lot of endurance....sure I was a great nurse excellent!! knew all the proper things any nurse should know and much more... but no I wasn't the best nurse I could be...because I didn't even look after my own health properly and it showed....if you say that is harsh well it is, but I have been fat very fat and I know that it isn't healthy. Even with any kind of medical condition or metabolic disorder that can create this condition it isn't a good reason to accept it and say its OK to be fat and i am happy with it..there is always help. As a fat person I was alway defensive about my weight and would say the very things I read here on this thread...I am always in a struggle to control my reasons for eating beyond my real hunger and struggle daily but I know my health is much better now...no more high blood pressure no more high cholesterol and my blood sugar is stable....I searched and got help and admitted I have a problem with eating and until most of us that are struggling with obesity get to that point you will always say "I am happy healthy and fat" just my own experience and not to offend but rather to think about it. sorry for such a rant but I had to say this as I struggle with my weight all the time for health reasons and not my physical appearance so please do not be offended.

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http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/kludge

Although, adding the "d" is wrong, but common.

rn/writer -I was so upset thinking I might've misspelled "kluge" !! My understanding is that it is a clumsy workaround fix to a problem with a computer program like using duct tape and bubble gum to fix a broken object ☞IRW (in the real world but that one is still on probation) or. . .

. . as I now know it is a type of or-derve or canappy . . .

Well, not what I thought it was at all.:o I still want one with butter and garlic.

. . . those are alright but I far prefer to serve a conniption. Pass a tray of conniptions out at your next bridge club get-together and enjoy the ooooohhs and ahhhhs on your friend's faces.

Those disorders can cause and contribute to being overweight, but they won't cause the obesity we are talking about.

What kind of obestiy are we talking about?

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rn/writer -I was so upset thinking I might've misspelled "kluge" !! My understanding is that it is a clumsy workaround fix to a problem with a computer program like using duct tape and bubble gum to fix a broken object ☞IRW (in the real world but that one is still on probation) or. . .

. . as I now know it is a type of or-derve or canappy . . .

. . . those are alright but I far prefer to serve a conniption. Pass a tray of conniptions out at your next bridge club get-together and enjoy the ooooohhs and ahhhhs on your friend's faces.

What kind of obestiy are we talking about?

The kind judgmental people can poke fun at and be critical of without the eye of judgement being turned around on them.

Shesh Nurse56, you didn't get that. Keep up.

[baby, mother and daddy tomato are taking a walk. Baby fell behind. Daddy tomato went back, kicked him in the butt and told him to "ketchup".]

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Hypothyroid can cause lethargy and weight gain.

Hyperthyroid can cause restlessness and weight loss.

Just curious- what does your user name mean? :)

My user name? Has nothing to do with my name, however it is top secret :D

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