A survey of 197 nurses attending the RCN Congress in Glasgow investigated the attitudes, motivations, behaviours and service-use experiences of nurses who are obese.
The aim was to understand what nurses say causes obesity in nurses and the extent to which this may predict whether nurses are motivated to be of a healthy weight.
This was the main explanation that nurses had for the high prevalence of obesity amongst nurses.
The winner of the survey draw at the RCN Congress was Pamela Miles. She is the Learning Disabilities Acute liaison nurse at Walsall Manor Hospital, supporting adults with learning disabilities to access mainstream health services. She has been in this role for the last four years but has always worked in the NHS, previously worked in specialist children’s respite and within a specialist hospital.