Healthy Eating Tips for Nurses & Doctors Who Work Long Hours

The Doctor Weighs In
6 min readAug 18, 2019

By: Adela Ellis, BSN, RN

Fast food options and easy access to processed foods make nearly impossible for doctors and nurses working long hours to develop a healthy eating routine.

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Medical careers require dedication, a competent attitude, and a lifestyle fashioned around long hours and overnight shifts. The latter can cause both physical and emotional stress. Most healthcare professionals can regularly be found running to their next emergency, managing a busy ward, or tirelessly overseeing bustling outpatient and waiting areas. With today’s fast food options and easy access to processed foods, developing a healthy eating routine can be difficult even in the best of circumstances. For healthcare providers like doctors and nurses, it can seem nearly impossible.

However, with these healthy eating tips and tricks, you can stay on track with your diet and manage your nutrition for a healthy, happy workweek at the hospital.

Why is healthy eating so difficult for doctors and nurses who work long hours?

Downtime in the healthcare field is hard to come by and even harder to enjoy. Doctors and nurses don’t often receive long meal breaks, if at all. And, they are understandably exhausted from long…



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