Nurses and smoking - page 6

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   Tutti
    Well, how interesting. I am about to attempt to quit smoking and I am so scared. I've attempted in the past and failed, so I know how hard it is. I am starting on the zyban this morning. I will use the patch when the time comes. I may go to acupuncture. I wish I knew a good hypnotist, I would do that too. The last straw for me was that my 16 yr old informed me she is moving out, in with her Dad because there is just too much smoking around here. I am ashamed, hurt, and my heart is broken. I pray I can succeed this time. I know I smell bad, and am ashamed of that too. It is not an easy thing to quit. Non-smokers and those who didn't smoke for long and quit, have no idea how hard it is.

    ~Tutti~
  2. by   jetsetter
    We have a problem on our floor w/smokers, they like to take their smoke break just BEFORE shift change, which means I am getting report having to smell their fresh stink. sometimes its really nauseating. I also work w/a tech, who is great, but takes 5-6 breaks a night. I need to say something to her, I just don't want to rock the boat, as everyone works really well together.

    I'll take any advice on this one.
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    One of those little battery-operated mini-fans would help circulate air. You might have to get maintenance to approve it before you can use it.
  4. by   debRN0417
    Quote from itsme
    I am a smoker and wish I had time for "smoke breaks"!! I too barely have time to pee!!
    I agree 100%. I am also a smoker and am lucky if I get to smoke, let alone pee or eat! I often keave work, get in my car and realize I am about to burst and that I have not had time even for a coke! Oh well, I know the risks, but it's my choice.
  5. by   debRN0417
    Quote from jetsetter
    We have a problem on our floor w/smokers, they like to take their smoke break just BEFORE shift change, which means I am getting report having to smell their fresh stink. sometimes its really nauseating. I also work w/a tech, who is great, but takes 5-6 breaks a night. I need to say something to her, I just don't want to rock the boat, as everyone works really well together.

    I'll take any advice on this one.
    Tell your tech plain and simple...no smoke till the work is done....
  6. by   fiestynurse
    A 54 year old, very well liked, nurse that I know was just diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. Beautiful, beautiful person. Of course, she has always been a heavy smoker. She has gone through chemo and radiation and has lost all her hair. The other day I saw her standing outside smoking a cigarette! I just don't get it! Yes, it is a personal choice, but it still makes me mad as hell!
  7. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from fiestynurse
    A 54 year old, very well liked, nurse that I know was just diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. Beautiful, beautiful person. Of course, she has always been a heavy smoker. She has gone through chemo and radiation and has lost all her hair. The other day I saw her standing outside smoking a cigarette! I just don't get it! Yes, it is a personal choice, but it still makes me mad as hell!
    That is so sad. Nicotine addiction (and all other drug addictions) can be overwhelmingly powerful. I know, because I unfortunately smoke. I have quit for a year or two at a time, but always manage to start again. I work w/ other smokers who just reek. There is nothing more awful than a health-care worker reeking of smoke. I carry a small bottle of Febreze with me and spray myself all over with it, when I've smoked at work. I also wash my hands very thoroughly and chew "Eclipse" gum afterwards. I guess it works, because people are always surprised when they find out I smoke. I hate to see that look of disapproval in their eyes.

    I am ebarrassed to be a smoker.


    (Please, no flames and "So, why don't you quit?" comments. All smokers know they need to quit).


    Reminds me of a joke I heard-


    Customer to clerk in drug-store, 1953:
    (Loudly) "Can I have a pack of Marlboros?" (whispering) "and some condoms?"

    Customer to clerk in drug-store, 2003:
    (Loudly) "Can I have some condoms?" (whispering) "and a pack of Marlboros?"
  8. by   Tutti
    [QUOTE]Originally Posted by fiestynurse
    A 54 year old, very well liked, nurse that I know was just diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. Beautiful, beautiful person. Of course, she has always been a heavy smoker. She has gone through chemo and radiation and has lost all her hair. The other day I saw her standing outside smoking a cigarette! I just don't get it! Yes, it is a personal choice, but it still makes me mad as hell!


    What's not to get? You must be a non-smoker. It doesn't seem to shock people all that much when a heroin addict goes through rehab or almost dies with an overdose, and starts up again. What's the difference. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who has never smoked shouldn't even speak and those who have quit, great, but don't go around preaching, you didn't like it either when you were a smoker. It's a horrible horrible addiction that all smokers wish they never had started.
  9. by   fiestynurse
    My husband's doctor was telling him during his last physical that he needed to lose some weight. My husband turned to this obese doctor and said, "looks like you could lose a few pounds too doc." The doctor had no credibility with my husband and my husband has never lost the weight. Look at all the bad press that Dr. Atkin's got in regards to his postmortem weight, by people trying to discredit his diet. Look at the success of Richard Simons! Why do you think so many morbidly obese people are drawn to him?

    An actively using heroin addict turns to another actively using heroin addict and tells him that he should really stop using heroin because it's going to kill him. The heroin addict laughs in his face. Then a recovering heroin addict, 10 years clean and sober, comes up to him and tells him how great his life is now and the actively using heroin addict starts crying - that guy has credibility and that guy he listens to. It is the whole basis of the NA program.

    What I am trying to say is that when a nurse, who use to be a smoker, tells a patient to quit and educates him on how to do it - that nurse has credibility! A smoking nurse telling a smoking patient to quit is seen as a hypocrite. This is my response to the original question posted.

    I am not trying to be preachy. I am just expressing my thoughts and feelings on the subject. You can smoke all you want, but don't expect to have any credibility with patients on this topic. And if you are my friend don't expect me not to feel sad and angry when you are given 6 months to live at the age of 54. I never bugged my friend about quitting. I never said a thing. Now I wish I would have bugged the heck out of her.
    Last edit by fiestynurse on Feb 28, '04
  10. by   PedsNurse1981
    I don't smoke, never have, never will. It seriously gets on my nerves when people smoke around me. Kill yourself on your own time, in your own home, but don't subject my lungs to the poison. I work with a lot of cystic fibrosis kids who fight everyday just to breathe. I can't believe those of us who are born with a perfectly good set of lungs would destroy them this way. Come look at my CF kid that I'm taking care of right now that's end stage. I'm sure he'd love to have been born with the lungs that many of you are destroying.

    Sorry, this is a pet peeve for me.
  11. by   nurseunderwater
    when i was 4 I banged my head and needed stitches... I remember the doc in the ER to this day. He was holding me in one arm and smoking. He said to me, "Want a puff tiger?" to this day I swear it's why I love the medical field.
    OK, I know, it's an odd reason. whatever
  12. by   alyca
    I have empathy/sympathy/tons of supportive understanding for IVDA patients, cocaine users, etc. I have absolutely none for tobacco smokers. IVDA people don't go around inadvertantly injecting people with their drug of choice. Cocaine users don't throw powder in your face for you to inhale. Even marijuana smokers don't go around in public blowing smoke in your face. But cigarette smokers feel completely justified stinking up everywhere they go, saying it is 'my body'. Go hide in a closet somewhere and quit messing up my air! It is so rude!! Butts everywhere you look. Outside my hospital, there are always tons of people smoking or looking to bum a cigarette. I have people come up to me a lot asking for cigarettes or a lighter, but I tell them I am a nurse-I know better. In my book, there is absolutely no excuse for the woe is me smoker saying it is so hard, I can't quit. There is no person on this planet who does not know that cigarettes will kill you. Maybe 20 years ago, but not now. Basically, smoking cigarettes is slowly, torturously committing suicide over a period of years

    .....stepping off my soapbox.........

    That said, as the public hospital in Seattle, we have a huge IVDA or other ilicit drug abuse patients, and I really enjoy working with them. Pierce county, just south of us, has passed a law banning smoking in ALL public areas/buildings, including restaurants and bars. Here's hoping that a ban comes up for vote in my county!
  13. by   Nurse Ratched
    Quote from nurseunderwater
    when i was 4 I banged my head and needed stitches... I remember the doc in the ER to this day. He was holding me in one arm and smoking. He said to me, "Want a puff tiger?" to this day I swear it's why I love the medical field.
    OK, I know, it's an odd reason. whatever
    OMG lol. Must have had stock in Phillip Morris (gotta keep those new customers coming!)

    That does have a bizarre sort of "crotchety old country doc" warm and fuzzy feeling about it (in a really weird way lol.)

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