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Nurse Health: Fifty-Five Percent of Nurses are Obese

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 17th, 2015

About 55% of female nurses were either overweight or obese, according to a University of Maryland School of Nursing study, “Job Stress and Work Schedules in Relation to Nurse Obesity.”

Signs of poor health that were identified included impaired judgment, inability to perform physical duties, sleepiness, lack of focus, weight gain, weight loss and fatigue. Fatigue, a consistent problem, has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems.

nurse obesity The American Nurses Association defines a “HealthyNurse” as one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal and professional well-being…living life to the fullest. There are five constructs of the HealthyNurse model: calling to care; priority to SelfCare; opportunity to role model; responsibility to educate; and authority to advocate policy in their work environment, in the community and in their own personal circles.

When these are achieved, the nurse is in full capacity to care.

Learn more about SelfCare for HealthCare – My culture-shifting program that teaches nurses to care for themselves so they can best care for patients. Contact me today to discuss bringing this gift to your caregivers.

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