I find this article while not surprising, just sickening. To defend discrimination of any kind is just appalling in my opinion. I have been a nurse for 15 years and the bottom line is what is the most important factor is the care we give our patients not your BMI. If you have the skill to provide that care then nothing else should matter. These hospitals and our society as a whole spent way too much time on image. We are so concerned with it that you are willing to put your life and lives of your loved ones in the hands of potentially inferior practitioners just because they meet certain physical criteria than those who do not. If this is not insanity I don't know what is. I would never allow myself or my children to be seen at an institution that admitted to such a practice nor will I ever support it as a professional nurse. I do have the ability to see both sides of the picture and I can see that to support such discrimination in any form is unacceptable even when I am no longer directly affected by it. For those worried that a person with a BMI greater than 35 could not possibly do the jobs described I can assure you that you are dead wrong. They do them every day and exceptionally well. We are committed to our patients, their families, support them, are able to lift them care for them, save lives every day. We work in ER, ICU, NICU, every area of all hospitals and excel while the people that make these arbitrary decisions sit in conference rooms and hand down edicts about professions they have no interest in supporting or understanding. Just one small example. Water has been banned from our work area. Water. Just thought you should understand the people who are garnering such support from the public with their seemingly reasonable ideals.
Last edited by momtopands; 02-13-2013 at 04:10 PM.