The American Nurses Association (ANA)”Year of the Healthy Nurse” February Campaign offers some startling facts about the cardiovascular health of American nurses.
This information comes from the ANA’s 2015 Health Risk Assessment, a voluntary questionnaire about personal health that attracted 10,000 American nurses and nursing students.
25% of nurses and nursing students have been diagnosed with hypertension by a doctor
the AVERAGE body mass index (BMI) of nurses was 27.6 (overweight)
This doesn’t sound great. Wow, nurses, you should know better and take care of yourselves, blah blah blah. However, compare the ANA data with data from the CDC regarding the epidemiology of hypertension and obesity in the US:
Per the CDC:
- 35% of women have high blood pressure (ages 45-54)
- average age of nurses in 2008 was 47
- 31% of white women have hypertension (nursing is about 80% white)
- 45% of black women have hypertension
- Average BMI for American women is 29
Hey nurses- Not so bad! You are less likely to have high blood pressure and your BMI is lower than the average American!
However, the message is- watch your weight, exercise, keep on doing what you do to stay healthy.
For more about the ANA’s Year of the Healthy Nurse