Book urges nurses to get healthy

Your Care Plan: A Nurse’s Guide for Healthy Living, by Julia Buss, RN, MS, is perhaps the first healthy living book aimed directly at nurses.

Despite the fact that nurses know the basic of good health, nurses as a whole tend to be less than healthy. Fifty four percent of nurses are overweight or obese. Eighteen percent of nurses smoke. And many nurses have a tendency to care for others at the expense of their own health and well-being.

Buss, a Registered Nurse since 1991, understands the unique challenges faced by nurses and has written a book that considers nurses’ crazy lives. While much of the advice sounds familiar — eat more fresh foods, avoid extra sugar and exercise — nurses will appreciate Buss’ professional insight.

What’s your biggest health challenge? Does your job make it more challenging to live a healthy life?

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Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN

Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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