You are an important influence in the lives of your patients. You speak with them about cholesterol, blood pressure, weight control, smoking cessation and more to prevent heart attack and stroke. You know the risks and you invest in teaching the risk to your patients'. Yet, so many nurses don't practice the advice they give their patients' about health, wellness and risk reduction.
- Researchers at the University of Maryland's School of Nursing found that 55 percent of the 2,103 female nurses they surveyed were obese, citing job stress and the effect on sleep of long, irregular work hours as the cause.
- For a nurse, undertaking a lifestyle change required to lose weight may take more work and effort than it might for someone who works regular hours and in a less stressful environment.
- Irregular hours mean irregular eating times and perhaps difficulty squeezing in adequate amounts of exercise.
- Healthy meal options are not always available to nurses during a hectic schedule.
We understand that nurses have a unique, stressful, work environment and we're here to help. In a new campaign launching this summer, PCNA will provide the resources our members and other nurses need to invest in their own health, track our members' success via video interviews and host discussions for you to share successes and health tips with other nurses.
Wellness tools for nurses