Dr. Oz & Nurses Episode
The Dr. Oz Show, the three-time Emmy award-winning medical television series featuring Dr. Ahmet Oz, announced early last week that it would begin its first-ever search for a nurse. The announcement, a call for a nurse to join its core team of guest experts, was made during an episode of the show that was fully devoted to nurses. The show episode, titled, “Nurses Nation,” was part of the scheduled season seven tapings.
After the events on The View, with the national conversation focused on the aftermath of Miss Colorado’s unique tribute to the nursing profession during the Miss America pageant, Dr. Oz and his crew decided to further their support of the nursing profession. They launched the search for a nurse expert, and in doing so, provided a forum for discussion of nurses’ integral role in providing health care and healing.
I had the pleasure of being one of the nurse expert guests on this nurse-centric episode. As a cardiac clinical nurse specialist, I discussed the importance of healthy lifestyles and nurses’ important role in educating patients and families. As a nurse in the acute care setting, I too often see people after they’ve already had a heart attack or stroke. I frequently find myself wishing I had the opportunity to talk with people before this kind of devastation strikes. As a guest nurse on Dr. Oz’s show, I was able to do just that; extend the preventative health teaching I give to my patients to a much broader audience.
On the show, I shared with Dr. Oz and his viewers how, they too, can get slim and strong like a nurse. By virtue of our training and education, nurses know the recipe for healthy living, and although we’re humans, too, we understand the physiological needs of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Oz and I were joined by two nurses who shared their own personal journeys of weight loss. They talked of lifestyle transformations that led to losing weight, and shared how their work on their own health was not only for themselves, but to inspire patients and let them know that nurses do walk the walk, and not just talk the talk when it comes to healthy lifestyles. Dr. Oz and the two nurses even joined me for some sample exercises; we taught the audience together.
Here are some of the tips I shared from the Nurses’s 28 Day Slim & Strong Plan:
Eat like a nurse:
Nurses chart all day about their patients, including what they eat, so that we can educate patients on their diet, and let providers know the nutritional
details that directly affects our patient’s recovery. You can do the same. Track and trend what you eat using a journal or app on your phone. This practice helps you to be more accountable, and makes you less likely to reach for that donut when you’re keeping track of what you’re eating. You’re more likely to stick to the script, especially if your diet data is publicly viewable, or shared with an accountability group.
Sleep like a nurse:
Although we recommend getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night, when you can’t try taking a nap, if possible. During the course of the day, a chemical called adenosine builds up in our brains, causing us to get tired. When you sleep, this chemical burns off, and you wake up feeling rested.
But we can’t always take a nap, so many of us drink coffee to stay awake. We nurses love our sleep, but we also love our coffee. So try this nursing secret – a “coffee nap.” It takes 20-30 minutes for caffeine to have its full effect, so have a single cup of coffee, and then immediately take a 20-30 minute nap. When you wake up, the adenosine will have burned off, and the caffeine will have kicked in. You’ll be ready to go!
Move like a nurse:
Nurses are always on the move – pushing, pulling, lifting, and chasing after their patients. We almost get a full body workout by just performing our regular duties of care! Well, you may not have a patient to take care of, or have a job that’s as physical as the work of a nurse, but you, too, can get
a similar workout with using a resistance band. It’s like an instant gym, and full body work out that you can take with you on the go. Resistance bands are inexpensive, lightweight and small enough to tuck away in your purse or back pack. A few examples of exercises you can do with a resistance band include front squat and seated abduction, and are simple to learn.
Get support like a nurse:
Nurses are coaches, as well as cheerleaders, when it comes to supporting people with their health. We are here to guide you, and support you and your family during your health journey. Surrounding yourself with people who care about your health is important. Letting people know what your health goals, and concerns are, is also important, so they can help you stay the course during the times that you feel like giving up. And, most importantly, they can give you kudos for when you are meeting your mark.
At the end of the show, Dr. Oz announced his search for a nurse to become a member of his expert team, and that The Dr. Oz Show has launched a nationwide search for the right nurse for the job. They will be reviewing candidates and making a decision this fall. If you enjoyed watching me on the show, and think one of CHMP’s very own fellows and health experts would be a great nurse addition to Dr. Oz’s team, please submit your here. You can watch the “Nurses Nation” episode here.