Nurses and smoking - page 3

Do you think it is ok if a nurse or a doctor smokes? Because i know when i go to the doctors office with my boyfriend and he tells him that he smokes that he gos on and on of how he shouldnt be... Read More

  1. by   Nursie30
    Originally posted by lateblumer
    I think that as healthcare professionals, we have an image to portray, that being one of health and well being.

    A clean white uniform doesn't appear to be so clean when the person in it is surrounded by a cloud of smoke or smells like an ashtray.

    Do our patients really believe the information we try to teach them when we reak of cigarettes? How honest is your word when smoking is one of the leading causes of death?

    As an ex-smoker of 18 years, these were all things I considered on my way to quitting smoking.
    Well, I am a smoker, I don't wreak of ashtray, we have to smoke outside, I freshen up after my breaks...

    Bottom line we have to teach, we have to preach, if our patients aren't listening to us about smoking its probably not because the nurse that was preaching smells like cigarettes its probably because the patient is just addicted to smoking as the nurse that is preaching is.

    Just as I am overweight and have to tell my patient to eat right, and stay off the sweets.

    Just as I have to tell teenagers to use condoms and not have premarital sex and I had a son when I was 18 out of wedlock

    I'm not unprofessional, I am human, and patients can also relate to someone that doesn't have a god complex.
  2. by   OC_An Khe
    To those of you who continue to smoke and use tobacco, thanks for the future job security.
  3. by   Nursie30
    Might as well put those who eat at McDonalds too, or how bout those of us who drive while talking on cell phones, or even better than that, those of us that put in way to many hours on our jobs and run our selves ragged?
  4. by   Joe Hill
    Originally posted by ocankhe
    To those of you who continue to smoke and use tobacco, thanks for the future job security.
    Another Angel of Mercy...
  5. by   lisaloulou
    With my luck, I'll quit then get hit by a bus.
  6. by   mrsabradford
    I'm not a nurse yet, but I use to teach. I remember teaching my high school health class. When the time came to teach "my kids" about smoking. One kid said, "Yeah right, you are telling us all about not smoking and I bet you stand outside of the school with the other teachers and puff away on your cigarett."

    I felt like a hypocrite and

    I DON'T EVEN SMOKE!!!!

    I had to tell the entire class that I don't smoke nor have I ever. I felt awkward having to explain myself to the kids. But they are right, I personally feel that it is very unprofessional to be in the HEALTH profession and not care about you own health. If you don't care about your own what makes me (the patient) think that you care about my health.

    Unlike being overweight you have to eat to live but you don't have to smoke to live. I've seen one neighbor die of emphysema this year due to his smoking. Now, I have another neighbor that has just been diagnosed with the same thing.

    As a child, I used to always get asthma attacks from having to endure second hand smoke from inconsiderate smokers. I live in NY so I no longer have to deal with that due to the strong anti-smoking laws.

    I'm not lecturing anyone. You chose to smoke and you will choose to live longer or to die. The choice is yours just be conscious of how your actions appear to patients and reflect on non-smoking health professionals.
  7. by   itsme
    Just because a person smokes, be it a nurse or anyone else, it does NOT mean they do not care about there own health. Nicotene is addictive, alot of people get addicted to smoking as teenagers, trying to fit in or for what ever reason. I dont know many smokers who just decided one day in there adult years "hey, I think I might like to be addicted to nicotene". You will learn more about addictions in nursing school. By the way I am a recent non-smoker.
  8. by   mrsabradford
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. by   itsme
    Thanks!!
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    EVERYONE'S health habits are future job security! Nuff said!!
  11. by   suzy253
    Originally posted by Nursie30
    Well, I am a smoker, I don't wreak of ashtray, we have to smoke outside, I freshen up after my breaks...

    Bottom line we have to teach, we have to preach, if our patients aren't listening to us about smoking its probably not because the nurse that was preaching smells like cigarettes its probably because the patient is just addicted to smoking as the nurse that is preaching is.

    Just as I am overweight and have to tell my patient to eat right, and stay off the sweets.

    Just as I have to tell teenagers to use condoms and not have premarital sex and I had a son when I was 18 out of wedlock

    I'm not unprofessional, I am human, and patients can also relate to someone that doesn't have a god complex.

    AMEN!!!!!
  12. by   cbrnbloompa
    I feel that smoking is a gross habit although it is your body it is our air and we share that. I cannot respect any nurse or doctor who can tell their patients how to be healthy, but cannot be healthy themsleves.
  13. by   wildwood
    I used to smoke - quit about 10 years ago. One horrible and very sad (true story) was a real eye-opener.
    A urologist I used to work with always told his bladder CA patients to stop smoking, because of the link of smoking and bladder cancer. Many would have recurrent tumors, and we saw them often in the OR for resections of bladder tumors.

    The thing is, he smoked, and was not able to quit. He tried at work using Nicorette gum, etc. but on the golf course he'd be puffing away.
    One night while I was on call, he asked me to get the flexible cystoscope for him to take to his office. I was surprised that he didn't ask me to go over there and help him, but he said he'd just bring it back for me to resterilize.

    He did a flexible cysto on himself- diagnosed his own bladder CA. He went for treatment, had to have his entire bladder removed , but eventually died.

    I really loved that surgeon, and had worked with him for a long time. It was one of the saddest and most ironic things I can imagine!

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