Nurses have a responsibility to educate patients about healthy diets and promote healthy living. But one look inside the nurse's lounge, and you quickly notice that the healthy living and dieting seems to be for patients only. Obesity and weight-related diseases are on the rise in the nursing profession. A recent study showed that this is especially true in the night shift crew, which is rather alarming for me since I recently started a night-shift contract.
Nurses are highly trained and well aware of healthy living and necessary steps to achieve it, but that knowledge does not correlate to their own self-care. A recent study showed that more than half of American nurses are overweight or obese. I always say a way to a nurses heart is donuts, we love donuts!
Nurses are the frontline of combating weight-related and diet linked diseases, but we, in general, pay little attention to our own health, there are a few in between that are health freaks and cross-fit demons who make the rest of us look bad. With cardiovascular diseases being the main cause of death in the United States, nurses should not neglect themselves while educating others.
Long hours and work related stressors are reported having the biggest affect on a nurse's health. Some healthcare facilities have implemented employee wellness programs to focus on the health of their employees to better promote patient's healthy living. But, in many facilities these programs continue to have low turn outs.
In a recent Dr. Oz (yes, I apologize for quoting a segment of Dr. Oz show), there was a nurse that gave advices on weight-loss (not really different from the other 95% of Dr. Oz's advices), she called it "eat like a nurse," she made good points regarding weight-loss, but don't eat like a nurse, do as we say, not as we do.
The Dude Nurse
Klaus Campos, BSN-RN