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Can a fat nurse be a good nurse?

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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.

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FYI, just because someone is skinny doesn't mean they are healthy. Ever seen a crackhead?

Or a meth head

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There are many nurses out there that are thin but happen to have eating disorders. This doesn't make them wonderful examples of "health" but does not make them bad nurses. Please don't judge a nurse based on size but on performance. We all have issues even if you can not see them.:twocents:

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Seeing as the guidelines for BMI % aren't based on actual science, I would say yes.

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I work with a nurse who is tall, thin and a vegetarian.

She also has high cholesterol and a pacemaker.

I am short and fat. My cholesterol is fine, my blood pressure normal. I walk more than the skinny nurses I work with. I just have a really slow metabolism. I could go on Survivor and still gain weight!

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hey how's that saying go- i may be fat, but you're ugly and i could lose weight.:lol2:

sorry-slight derail-I guess maybe we shouldnt judge people's abilities based on their looks

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The intelligence needed to be a great nurse is stored in your brain and not in the folds of your flesh. As long as your are competent, caring, professional, know your job and can help me get healthy I don't care how heavy you are.

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if the role of a nurse is to teach patients and the public about healthy lifestyles, is it possible for an overweight or obese nurse to be an effective nurse?

we know all too well that many of the chronic health issues seen today in the united states, including type 2 diabetes and hypertension, are related to diet and lifestyle. we're taught in nursing school to encourage healthy lifestyles and teach patients and the public how to stay healthy.

and yet we're guilty of not walking the walk.

taught to encourage healthy lifestyles and living it is two different things. theory does not take into consideration extenuating circumstances.

when i worked as a technician for the phone company i had low seniority and was forced to backfill shifts. so my week was 2 days on the 8:00 to 4:00 shift, 3 days on 12:00 am to 8:00 am, etc. this rotation occurred pretty much weekly. needless to say not only were my sleeping habits off, but my eating as well. i gained weight, yes i did :uhoh3:. i am a person who works out regularly and although i have to work at it i can usually keep my weight down. during this period in my life i could not get a balance, my shift was changing to much.

that is my example, other posters have mentioned other relevant issues that can contribute to weight gain and difficulty getting it off. so, just because a person has trouble with their weight does not mean they cannot do a good job. as far as the image thing goes, looking at a person does not provide the 411 on why they are overweight...:cool:

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hey how's that saying go- i may be fat, but you're ugly and i could lose weight.:lol2:

sorry-slight derail-i guess maybe we shouldnt judge people's abilities based on their looks

i think it's "i may be fat, but you're stupid. i can lose weight. you'll still be stupid."

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i would rather be taken care of by a "fat" (i despise that word) nurse, than a pea-brained nurse any ol' day.

just saying...:smokin:

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Known some excellent nurses whose circumference nearly equaled their height.

Known some really lousy nurses you would have a hard time seeing if they turned sideways.

You think maybe being a "good" nurse is maybe about what's in your head more that what your waist is around?

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Anyone who is overweight deserves the same amount of compassion, respect and has just as much integrity as any other professional or human being. It is important to extend respect to our overweight friends, while also supporting them in healthy choices (without being a$$H0#@! about it). Let's face it...the majority of obesity in out country is not related to thyroid issues, leptin imbalances etc, but is the result of people eating food, that...well, isn't really good, nutritious food, living on cortisol (cuz nurses know nothin about stress...), and not getting enough exercise. I admit, if my nurse in cardiac surgery is clinically obese, chowing down a big mac and telling me that i have to loose weight to get better, s/he is bound to lose some professional credability. BUT, my friends who are overweight and working hard on it are also SUPER inspiring caretakers.

We're all human, and we're most effective when we walk the talk.

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