RN Special Report & Appeal

 

A RunningNurse™ Special Report And Appeal

Okay people, here it is.  We have been watching this disturbing trend for a while.  Over the past three decades or more, this trend has been expanding, along with our robust waistline so has been the mortality rate. I am referring to the raising incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCD) or chronic diseases in the general world population, especially in our healthcare professionals.

Many people hate statistics.  Every time we hear dreaded ones, it makes the hair in our eardrum stand up for a brief moment, but with all the whopper-load of duties we have, these statistics tend to get lost in the pile of bills and burdens one face on a daily basis.  In college days some of us hated statistics, and put forth just enough effort to pass the class to walk away with our diplomas.  Nowadays we try our best to ignore them. But when you stare at these hard enough, statistics tell you a story.  We live in a society that delights in stories, hence all the jammed-packed libraries and bookstores-selling items like DVDs and books.  When a statistical story looks rough, we can pretend they are figments of our robust imagination—letting the figures fall off into nothingness, or we can choose to take a good look at the numbers and do something about them. Personally!

As healthcare professionals, we pledged to use our role as a teacher to impact our clients and even the world if necessary. For too long we’ve sat on grim reports about the sad state of the health of our families, communities, and world at large. We’ve been filing these figures in the deep recess of the mind under the tab “For Future References.”  We’ve cut out articles reporting miserable statistical trends from health reports, newspapers, magazines, books, etc. We’ve copied some abstract from the Internet and bookmarked or filed them away instead of working these into the reference point of our life and doing something about them.  As a result of improper actions or inaction, the only thing we’ve accomplished is clutter—something we especially need to break free of.

Today we are bringing you some grim news, but do not despair.   Along with these, we’re also bringing a few solutions to the problem.  So if you are open, with your wonderful teaching skills, we could use the depressing statistics below to further the work of helping our selves, and leading our families, communities, and ultimately the world into better health.  We can make a big dent in healthcare by using simply doing our parts in spreading our knowledge of good habits of health.  Let’s lead by example. Let us burst open the doors of ignorance, to let a great light shine in health and wellness instead of in the direction of sickness.  In the undesirable statistics below, a RunningNurse™ sees precious opportunities.  So let’s get moving on this exciting campaign for health and help STOMP those statistics!

STATISTICS

Chronic diseases (heart diseases, cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, stroke, arthritis, etc) or non-communicable diseases (NCD) not only affect us here in the United States but also are rocking the world in a not so pleasant way. The incidence of NCDs is trending upwards everywhere. This is a great opportunity for us to do what we do best, help save lives!

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

According to the CDC Chronic Diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the USA. “Chronic Diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.” As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—have one or more chronic health conditions. One of four adults has two or more chronic health conditions.

  • Seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2010 were chronic diseases. Two of these chronic diseases—heart disease and cancer—together accounted for nearly 48% of all deaths.
  • Obesity is a serious health concern. During 2009­–2010, more than one-third of adults, or about 78 million people, were obese (defined as body mass index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2). Nearly one of five youths aged 2–19 years was obese (BMI ≥95th percentile).
  • Arthritis is the most common cause of disability. Of the 53 million adults with a doctor diagnosis of arthritis, more than 22 million say arthritis causes them to have trouble with their usual activities.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower limb amputations other than those caused by injury, and new cases of blindness among adults.

According to the World Health Organization report (WHO): Current global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) remains unacceptably high and is increasing

  • Thirty-eight (38) million people die each year from NCDs, mainly from cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes.
  • Over 14 million deaths from NCDs occur between the ages of 30 and 70, of which 85% are in developing countries.
  • These premature deaths are largely preventable by governments implementing simple measures that reduce risk factors for NCDs and enable health systems to respond.
  • This invisible epidemic is an under-appreciated cause of poverty and hinders the economic development of many countries.

How chronic diseases have impacted our family: The rise of chronic diseases has been the cause of many premature deaths in families (people of all ages). They’ve also been a main cause of families going bankrupt, losing their savings, and homes. NCDs have also been instrumental in putting many middle class workers at or below poverty level due to heart-wrenching medical bills. Also, a good number of people live a restrictive life between their homes, clinics, labs, and hospitals. A great number of people are rendered disabled due to NCDs. Many young children have lost their parent(s) prematurely due to lifestyle illnesses, and the reverse is now projected to be true. Statistics reveal that many parents will have to bury their children before their own death if we don’t do something about the rise of childhood obesity. Obesity has been a major culprit leading to many preventable chronic diseases in both young and the old. The children are our future. We can help them MOVE beyond statistical projections.

How chronic diseases have impact our health care system: Chronic diseases are burdening and causing much  congestion in healthcare at a level never seen before. Repeated hospitalization and the client’s need for complicated procedures have proven to be costly on clients as well as on the disease-care institutions where they run seeking help. The cost of insurance is heavy on the pockets of most people. Healthcare professionals are also stretched thin in disease-managed care institutions because of chronic disease epidemic, and also the alleged shortage of nurses in said institutions. People are going into clinics and hospitals sicker and sicker, with multiple chronic problems and multiple organ system(s) failure. This is appalling, especially when the best healthcare is preventive care (something FREE!), and information is at most of our fingertips.

Who is to blame? Putting the blame on someone or something doesn’t really help the situation. Finding a solution does. We just need to start doing what we can now to solve the behemoth of a problem we are facing. People need to know what is sickening them. So let’s put on our working jackets, clogs, and gloves, and get down to the root cause of the problem by taking the prevention message directly to people. Let’s infiltrate our communities and infuse them with this knowledge by teach them that adopting simple lifestyle practices (eating healthy, daily exercises, stress reduction, finding meaningful work, getting adequate sleep, smoking cessation, etc.) are several keys to preventing chronic diseases. You can make a major difference in many people’s lives leading by example. Join us and share in this precious opportunity.

How to turn this ship around?Health risk behaviors are unhealthy behaviors you can change. Four of these health risk behaviors—lack of exercise or physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and drinking too much alcohol—cause much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases and conditions (CDC).”

Turn this ship around begin with you. Change your outlook and your lifestyle habits if you haven’t already done so, and let’s have a massive campaign on NCD prevention in homes, churches, communities, organizations, countries, and world. Dates of these events will be posted on www.runningnurse.com every year, and throughout the year. We’re looking at doing the first one fall of 2015.   We’ll let you know so you can set aside a good 30-50 minutes on the chosen day to help contribute to this movement. Imagine the impact this could make in your family, community, and world? It would indeed trigger The Butterfly Effect: a small change in one place no matter how small, even like the flapping of the wings of one butterfly, can effect change in another (even far away) place. Surely you can find one hour on such a great day to exercise your wings in this form of self-less service. Our collective gathering, wherever we are in this beautiful world on that day, will be of highest impact. It will contain enough energy to spun several massive tornado of health and prevention worldwide. If you find yourself at work, be the voice crying in the wilderness to your co-workers at lunch break, staff meeting, or hurdle time. Any amount of time in this healthcare arena will be of great health. Believe it!

Every healthcare worker or wellness enthusiast can be instrumental in accomplishing this end. The compassionate people that we are, we will happily take on the challenge of transmuting these apprehensive statistics into something good and meaningful.  We imagine people coming from all walks of life and all corners of this benevolent earth to help in this endeavour. There is plenty of room for the healthcare worker (Nurses, CNAs, Midwives, Doctors, etc) and non-healthcare workers. Engaging in this activity will bring about a high level of energy in you, and you will experience this unique truth—in helping others, you’re simply helping yourself.

How will we measure our efforts? Noticeable increased fitness and overall health in ourselves, families, communities, and the world; decrease in the number of people being overweight (BMI 25-29.9) or obese (BMI > or = 30%); drop in the incidence of chronic diseases in our families, community, etc.  We believe over the years we will see the results of our labor reflected in the statistical reports from www.cdc.org and www.who.org on the decrease of chronic illnesses, hospitalizations, and death due to said illnesses—something measurable, and we will feel good to have been part of this amazing change, even if we do not get an iota of credit. Now, wouldn’t that be something awesome? Yes, it’s just another time where we will render self-less service without attachments to the fruits of our labor. Let’s do it because the nursing and healthcare profession has the power to help diminish suffering in this world. And you know, we’re already leaders in this field.

OYE! (Listen!) A RunningNurse™ (healthcare professional), RunningNurse™ Aid (health and fitness enthusiasts), and any other healthcare worker will take a stand to adopt the following attributes:

1BE EXEMPLAR: 

By practicing good self-care. Begin asking yourself a few vital questions. Am I health-conscious? Am I making the efforts to best represent my profession? Where and how can I make improvement on my health and fitness goals, and that of my family? If you find yourself stuttering here, no problem, it’s time to get involved in taking care of business. You don’t have to wait until you’re the best representation of yourself to engage in this effort. We will all make improvements and evolve together. People will soon see beautiful changes taking place in you, and want to know what magic wand you’re using. This change will prompt even subtle changes in them.

2.  BE A BUILDER:

Do this by getting involved in this grass-root level movement, helping to spread the word that we have solutions to help STOMP! the plague and epidemic of chronic diseases. You may join us or start your own unique project disseminating vital information (yes, you will teach) in your family, church, associations, and community. Start building a better health for yourself and those you care about. Be the healthcare professional or health & fitness enthusiast who chose to be highly engaged in building, repairing, developing, creating, and putting our family, nation, and world health back together health-wise. Protecting our health is securing our wealth.

Healthcare workers are communal people. Organize your own group or join this one if you need that extra push. It should not be too hard a task to get a few co-workers and friends fired up about their own health when they notice a certain change in your attitude and overall appearance. Well…maybe it will be a little challenging to get a couple of nurses moving, but deep down you know you live and exist for challenges. Tell them they wouldn’t want to be part of the “left-behind crowd.” These are the people who see the need to move towards a healthier direction but find many excuses to stay in a continued state of inertia. Keep hitting the ground before you, and one day it is bound to break so you can plant your seeds of health. Someone will join you one day, even if it’s because they felt sorry for you. Okay, maybe they would give in because of all the genuine effort and time you’ve put in “bugging (I meant encouraging)” them. Just remember the ‘law of average’ is such that: you may get turned down many times, but there will be the one straggler who will say, “Yes.” Then, where two or more come together, you have a group. Get involved in your own health and fitness and evolve into your best example of health now.  Don’t be nervous. If you’d like, we will provide material for you to get started on this exciting journey. This material you’ll find is just what the nurse ordered—it was designed as something short and sweet.

These are exciting times to evolve. Work with what elements you have. Use your knowledge, experience, and talent to help STOMP! lifestyle “chronic” diseases. Use your vision, wisdom, tenacity, bravery, strength, leadership, self-confidence, territoriality, patience, self-control, generosity, to exercise protective power and guardianship of the health of this world. Be a builder: join us, start your own project, or join forces with some other who is knee-deep in spreading a word of prevention of chronic diseases. Let’s start building this RunningNurse™ health-conscious community now!

3BECOME A RUNNING NURSE

Our intention is to see a large body of nurses and healthcare professionals join our effort in promoting health in small groups everywhere in a simple “First do no harm.” way on a particular date this year which will soon be announced.  We will join forces and start something beautiful!  This date will be announced on this website and promoted on our page www.facebook.com/runningnurse.

Assist us with this project! You may get the impression this movement is about nurses running, but this is what the “Running” part of RunningNurse™ symbolizes–to come together, think together, teach together, move together, run together, and rejoice in our evolution together. The sun will set, but in it’s rising, let us be found standing on the front-line of health, in solidarity to this great cause! Let’s spread a good word of prevention as best as we can, on the side, even in a spare time, even now.

If you entered nursing to help save lives, with your help, this movement as a whole could help improve the lives of many and be instrumental in saving more lives than any hustle going on in a day-day basis in sickness-care settings. Although we greatly need them, these institutions are simply not set up for health, but for the treatment and management of diseases. These aren’t focused on teaching health and wellness. Most nurses would love to have the time to do this—we love sharing and teaching, but due to many challenges in these institutions (due to factors like terrible staffing problems, insurmountable amount of tasks to accomplish, copious amount of charting, organizational time constraints, etc.), a good nurse has very limited time to teach her/his clients on how to truly stay well. What we will share with you is a proactive program we can consciously say is simple and geared towards health care because it highly promotes one taking care of one’s their health, NOW.

In the future, we would love to see each nurse, healthcare worker, wellness enthusiast join us in a fun run, run/walk, or walk (whichever activity you feel more comfortable doing) to celebrate our achievements in solidarity. This will take place at a major race event (5K, 10K, half marathon/marathon) where we will stand in solidarity to our cause of promoting the awareness of the impact of chronic diseases in our community and world, and of the dire need of practicing good habits of health.

Take advantage of the power you have and the knowledge we could immediately disseminate in our communities in bring some relief to a world dying for the want of knowledge and understanding. How exciting is this? We will do this one step at a time.

If you are interested in joining forces with us, shoot us an email at info@runningnurse.com, and let’s set up a time/place to engage in dialogue and planning. Let us accomplish this community of “I am a RunningNurse™” & Company throughout the USA and the world. We will send you more details of our structure when we hear from you, even if you are thousands of miles away. Together, let’s focus on the solution of getting to the root cause of our problems in healthcare.

Millions battle with NCD, and every day we lose precious lives to such preventable diseases. Many of us have trouble bringing this knowledge to the bedside, how about we now bring what we have to the table and set definite goals to turn things around?  Who knows, this route could open a bright new world for you.

Giving comes natural to nurses, healthcare professionals, and health enthusiasts. Instead of feeling lifeless, drained, and burned out working in sickness care (we’re not asking you to leave this environment), recognize that doors may be opened when you follow your heart and give as in this self-less service we are promoting. You may find the opening of a bright new career in nursing. In nursing the world, you might just nurse yourself to better health, happiness, prosperity, and discover yourself to be living in the light of Love—on which front-line we all totally wish to exist. For love, we entered what we saw as healthcare with the dream to save lives.  Let’s us direct some of our time to the love of health and prevention.  Starting with you!

Take a hard look at the above statistics, and you’ll see the opportunity they offer us. In this challenging we could find our life’s work. On this fertile ground we could use our knowledge and skills in focusing on health and wellness. LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Skip Mann
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 19:28:11

    I want to get involved with this. I was at the National Nurses Speaker Series and 1/2 marathon.

    Reply

    • Running Nurse
      Oct 15, 2013 @ 09:58:10

      Hi Skip! I will send you more details at your email soon. Thanks for your interest. We’re trying to determine the best way to have our first meeting. Thanks again. We hope to have even more people like you wanting to help make critical changes in our profession.

      Reply

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