Comment on: Are obese nurses poor role models for patients?
I am an obese nurse, and I agree!! I feel awkward currently working on a cardiology ward where part of the advice and rehab is healthy eating and losing weight and exercise. But I am trying to do something about it. Would love it if there was more help from work, maybe cheaper gym memberships or access to dieticians. As a newly qualified nurse trying to get on the property ladder every penny is sacred and I can't afford a gym membership. However, I do also feel that I can relate with my patients and understand how it's not easy to just lose weight. I also think the same about smoking. There are only a couple of smokers on our ward but I think it's awful when they come back off break stinking of fags when we are trying to encourage our patients to give up.
We do have separate mugs but I think thats generally due to the fact that the hospital patient cups are quite small!! I have often used plates and cutlery that is also used by the patients. Have no problem with this. They've been through the dishwasher.
I don't mind the uniform but it doesn't make me feel proud or special as there are so many people walking around in similar uniforms nowadays. The nurses uniform of the tunic and trousers looks like many other uniforms worn by other professional such as carers, beauty technicians, veterinary nurses, cleaners. The nurses uniform does not stand out at all anymore or give a sense of pride. We also only get given 3 uniforms then have to buy any more. If you put on or loose weight you need to buy more. And as they are washed so often mine are looking very tatty as I start my 3rd year!