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5 Ways to Lose Weight For Nurses

5 Ways to Lose Weight For Nurses

Sean Dent | Scrubs Magazine

January 18, 2011

Most of the nurses I have had the pleasure of working with share a common theme in regards to weight loss. They all are very aware of their health risks, and wish they could do something about it, but they simply don’t have the time.

It’s usually the full-time job of additional (and usually needed) over-time, or the full-time job that is your family, or the full-time job of being a student. One thing is for sure, being a nurse is not the reason why nurses don’t maintain a healthier lifestyle. I for one believe in quite the contrary. I think nurses (of all people) already posses the qualities needed to improve their health and wellness.


Just by being a nurse, you already hold the key to weight loss success! Let’s review:

• Utilization of resources

We do this better than anyone. We are the ‘wrangler’ when it comes to all the different services needed to care for our patients in the most effective manner. We are the ‘bridge’ that gets everyone traveling across those muddied waters safely.

This is also the key to losing weight and improving your wellness. Using the internet, your local gym, a friend or colleague that has experienced the success you seek. You will be amazed at what is out there for the taking. A little bit of effort and researching will go a long way!

• Great time management skills

We all know what is needed to get the job done, even if the job can’t be done in your allotted time – we still get it done. Some how we juggle the ADL’s, med passes, emergencies, test, procedures, physician needs, family needs, ancillary task, transfers, discharges, admissions and short staffing to safely advocate and care for our patients in the most efficient, effective and compassionate way possible.

While ‘time’ is not something you have a lot of, you can utilize your time wisely to increase your activity, prepare your meals, walk instead of taking the elevator, etc. This list is endless. Who better than to create a workable plan?

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