Beyond the Bedpan wonders why all shift nurses aren’t managing to prepare and eat three healthy meals a day. It’s not like they’ve got anything better to worry about, right?
Oh hi, didn’t see you there. Too busy roasting these pine nuts and growing our own organic rocket to notice you come in.
What’s that? You don’t make your own nutritionally-balanced quinoa salads before your shift while you wait for your home made muffins to bake? No, thought not.
So the latest ‘research’ suggesting that working shifts is linked to abnormal eating habits shouldn’t really come as a shock to any of us.
Researchers found a strong link between working shifts and failing to find the time to fit in your 5 a day. Unsurprisingly, as most of the nurses we know are a little bit busy running around taking care of patients. Nurses have to be angels, but where can they find the time to be domestic goddesses too?
The study looked at 378 nurses at a hospital in Hong Kong. They did hope to speak to many more, but most were on lunch.
One of Beyond the Bedpan’s loyal readers remembers a time when it wasn’t all so bad.
“Many years ago we were looked after. The breaks were an hour for lunch or dinner plus a breakfast, an afternoon tea and coffee break and there was a sisters’ and a separate doctors’ dining area with waitress service. Minions had to queue.”
That certainly sounds like the sort of place Beyond the Bedpan would like to eat, never mind work. Are they still hiring?
Another reader pointed out that “our wards had signs up saying that it was the individual nurse’s responsibility to take their break within the allotted time - or lose it.”
Frankly we’d like to see the patient’s face if we tried that one. No, I’m sorry Mr Miller, I know you’re in desperate need of a trip to the loo, but I’m off for my lunch. I’ve just put a Ginsters pasty in the microwave in the staff room and I’d hate to waste my £1.50.
We were surprised by just how many people actually claimed to have lost weight since working shifts. Mind you, what better way to combat obesity than by throwing yourself into a career that could be nature’s answer to the gastric band. Maybe Lucozade and a mid-afternoon Mars bar are just the thing for that size zero body.
Beyond the Bedpan could really get its teeth into this one, but there’s a queue forming at the vending machine and we’re just dying for a Kit Kat.