Designed by nurses, for nurses: NURSING YOU is an interactive tool to help nurses care for themselves to achieve and maintain a healthy weight so they can keep doing what they do best – caring for others.



NURSING YOU helps busy nurses answer these questions:

  • Before, during and after work, how do I make decisions about what to eat and drink?
  • What triggers (situations, feelings or experiences) during my working shifts lead me to make unhealthy eating choices?
  • Are there healthier alternatives, and how do I make them part of my already packed routine?

Through this free to download, interactive PDF (hosted through the RCN website), NURSING YOU enables nurses to reflect on how they make decisions at work and identify goals to set to help nurses who are obese to achieve and maintain a healthier weight.

While this was developed by nurses who are obese to help nurses who are obese, we believe it could help all nurses.

Nurses should give this a go, it helps highlight the areas that you struggle with whilst offering solutions that are realistic to implement and maintain. The tool is simple to use and aimed with our roles in mind, no daft suggestions or gimmicks. Being part of this project has mobilised me into losing weight, 4 stone so far, and the difference is noticeable both at work and home. Give it a try, you’ve nothing to lose but the weight!


Selena, WIN. participant

How was NURSING YOU designed?

We have spoken to hundreds of our nursing colleagues through focus groups, workshops and surveys. Nurses everywhere agreed: they wanted an online supportive tool that would help them recognise triggers for unhealthy habits and that would lead them on a journey to make little changes and better choices.

But they wanted it to be different from all the apps, websites, books and classes already available to people to help lose weight and stay healthy. The nurses we spoke with wanted a tool that was created by nurses with nurses’ unique workplace challenges in mind.

They named this tool NURSING YOU.

WIN. participants at the co-design workshop | Photo courtesy of Uscreates


From one of the workshops with nurses who are obese, led by a design company Uscreates, 6 nurses from across the country were engaged to help develop NURSING YOU:

Emma Bradley Independent Nurse Consultant

Selena Clarke Staff Nurse

Jeane Davey Service Manager

Heather Hannah Clinical teaching fellow & Research Nurse

Joanne Loades Independent Nurse Consultant in CVD

Belinda Sadler Matron, Infection Prevention & Control


Why is NURSING YOU needed?

The issue of obesity among nurses is highly sensitive and vitally important. It impacts not only on nurses’ own health and wellbeing, but also on their relationships and impact on patients and families, and their productivity within the workplace.

In response to this, we’ve been leading on the Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN.) project, which has been providing a unique opportunity to understand the perspectives of obese nurses and work with them to identify and test out what they think might help, acknowledging that this is a complex issue. NURSING YOU, generously hosted on the Royal College of Nursing’ website, is a key component of WIN.


Don’t forget to share your results with us!

We would love you to share your experiences using NURSING YOU with us: the good, bad and ugly. This will help us with evaluation and you can easily do this through NURSING YOU.


Visit the RCN website to download NURSING YOU