April 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM #6316
Just got my first job …actually was interviewed 5 days after taking the NCLEX…1 day after finding out I passed. Day after interview offered a job which I took … I will be working 12 hour shifts. Need to know what shoes you would recommend and if Spanx are good for maintianing venous circulation?
Originally posted to Ask a Nurse on March 25th, 2013 by Deborah Bennett Carter. Migrated to new user forums by Mighty Nurse.April 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM #6403
Traci J HartMember
I have always worn running shoes, either those made specifically for walking or cross trainers. I have a high arch so Rebocks have been good for me. I just last week found a pair of Nike cross trainers that fit my foot better. I now teach so when I do a 12 hour clinical, I don’t get to sit. As for the Spanx, I really can’t tell you if they would be good for circulation or not. You might want to contact the company and see what they say.April 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM #6433
I have worn knee high TED hose almost daily for > 30 years and my legs feel better with that level of support. There are a variety of hose available with different levels of graduated support. I recommend them and I think my legs look great too. You can find these on line or at stores that target people with diabetes or other circulatory conditions. They can be expensive, anywhere from $12 to $90 per pair. If you have existing disease, you might be able to get a script for them and have your insurance pick up the cost.
The Spanx I have seen are for tummy control, which is a whole ‘nother concept!
I also suggest a good pair of running, cross trainers or walking shoes, which should cost at least $100 and they need to be replaced every 3 to 6 months. Do not skimp on shoes! Go to a store that has a shoe fitter to get the best type for your foot. Some athletic stores have good fitters, or try a store that also sells orthotics and specialty inserts.April 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM #6521
Tish Hartwick TaylorMember
Hi! I’m a “chubby” 50 year old nurse. Next month will make 18 years in nursing! I agree with the above opinions, and would like to add my personal favorite shoes. You will either love them or hate them, and they are not especially fashionable….that being said, I love my Birkenstocks. Be kind to your knees and your back and I agree, do NOT skimp on the shoes. Find what works for you and stick with it…..even if everyone laughs at your silly shoes….LOLOL Carole Wright catalog sells some GREAT compression socks at a reasonable price. Enjoy your life as a nurse!!!!
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