For most students, nursing school is a time of stress and high performance that leaves little time for healthy regimens.
However, nursing students are being made aware of the dangers that come following graduation, when many nurses lose even more traction with their own personal health.
This is especially true among female nurses according to at least one study. According to the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing, a survey of more than 2000 female nurses found that women in this field of medicine are “significantly more likely” to become obese than maintain a normal weight or to be underweight.
The nursing school study indicates a consideration should be made in how we think about nursing staff – especially as it relates to scheduling. Nursing students learn that being a nurse will quite often mean that they will work long, arduous shifts in order to provide the best possible care for patients. But this information implies that these types of schedules leave too much opportunity for nurses to become unhealthy, even as they care for the health of others under their charge.
The School of Nursing study from the University of Maryland was published in the Journal of Nursing Administration (Volume 41, Issue 11) and is one of a few studies produced by the school that takes a hard look at nursing schedules. Some of the studies show that these adverse effects flow down to patient care, as well. The latest survey showed that more than half of female nurses are obese.
Kihye Han, PhD, RN headed up the study at the nursing school. Han said in a publication by the school that “Considering that more than half of nurses are overweight or obese, increasing availability of healthy food and providing sufficient time to consume it may reduce the risk of obesity and future health problems.”