Nurses definitely need to eat well and manage their diet to keep up with the demands of the job. I can say so because I have been working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for the past 6 years. Even though the role of a CNA is not paid attention upon by many, yet a CNA has lot of duties to accomplish during their working hours. When I started working as a CNA, I did not pay much attention to my diet and ate random food that made me gain weight. The improper diet led to further complication like high blood pressure. That is when I decided to manage my diet and made some minute yet effective changes to my diet.
The CNA course will train you and make you an efficient CNA, but it is your own responsibility to maintain your diet. When I researched, I found out that our body needs a balanced diet consisting of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Hence, I added nuts to my diet. Working as a CNA I hardly got any time to eat, rather than eating I was munching in between. I carried a handful or 10 to 15 nuts during a shift, which proved as a filling, whenever I felt hungry and it also helped me to stop munching unhealthy potato chips. Another addition to my diet was fruits. They contain fibers that help in improving the digestion of food. I did not replaced fruits with my meal but with the snacks that I would munch on every now and then.
Due to high blood pressure problem, I opted for a low fats oats breakfast along with blueberries or strawberries and I would recommend this breakfast to all the nurses. It is vital to make the above mentioned minute changes to improve your energy level as you need to be friendly and energetic to perform all the CNA job duties assigned to you. To get more information about CNA jobs responsibilities you can refer ecnajobs.com and get apt information.