Smoking - page 6

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  1. by   jeanrnurse
    Relating to the choices of response in the survey: I wouldn't choose to describe it as "unprofessional", but I think it impairs the nurse's credibility, teaching pts. about a healthy lifestyle.!
    And, as far as smoking being the only way you can deal with a crazy shift, why not just cope with it the way us non-smokers have to (talking, meditation, coffee,whatever works)??? Non-smokers do not appreciate that smokers are MIA more often, while the rest are holding down the fort.
  2. by   NightNurseKathy
    I find that MORE nurses smoke now than ever it seems.... I work the night shift, and they go for "breathing treatments" at least 4 times a shift, for anywheres from 20-45 minutes each time.... AGGRAVATES me no end.... I have stopped offering to HELP any of them who cries about being BEHIND!!!!
    I am sorry, I just think they need to get their priorities straight!

    At our last Welness fair for employees I learned that if one stopped a pack a day habit they could save almost enough for a down payment on a car!!!

    When a SINGLE pack cost a person $4.50 I have to wonder about their sanity!!!

    My money is HARD earned, and I want to spend it on MORE than future health problems caused by cigaretts!!!
    ~Kathy~
  3. by   healingtouchRN
    you have it right. I work with folks who do the same. It seems they travel in packs as well, whatever is going on.. they still need that smoke break...uuhhhgghh!
    Quote from NightNurseKathy
    I find that MORE nurses smoke now than ever it seems.... I work the night shift, and they go for "breathing treatments" at least 4 times a shift, for anywheres from 20-45 minutes each time.... AGGRAVATES me no end.... I have stopped offering to HELP any of them who cries about being BEHIND!!!!
    I am sorry, I just think they need to get their priorities straight!

    At our last Welness fair for employees I learned that if one stopped a pack a day habit they could save almost enough for a down payment on a car!!!

    When a SINGLE pack cost a person $4.50 I have to wonder about their sanity!!!

    My money is HARD earned, and I want to spend it on MORE than future health problems caused by cigaretts!!!
    ~Kathy~
  4. by   NURSEPATTY
    With the help of a popular nicotine patch I was able to kick the habit nearly 9 years ago. The first thing I realized after quitting in the first 2 weeks was the lessening of the "smokers cough", which plagued me constantly. I had been a smoker for 10 years or so at that time. I also realized what I was putting my family thru with the second hand smoke, and the smell that would permeate my clothes after smoking.I was not too aware of the odor myself until I had quit and smelled it on others. It's nice to wear cologne these days and actually be able to smell it. Attempting to quit is an individual thing, and requires a good bit of will power to succeed, I had the will power, those little patches just made the process quicker. And its also nice to have the extra money in pocket too.....fortunately I had quit right before the big price increase in cigarettes.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from Jean Roberson
    Relating to the choices of response in the survey: I wouldn't choose to describe it as "unprofessional", but I think it impairs the nurse's credibility, teaching pts. about a healthy lifestyle.!
    And, as far as smoking being the only way you can deal with a crazy shift, why not just cope with it the way us non-smokers have to (talking, meditation, coffee,whatever works)??? Non-smokers do not appreciate that smokers are MIA more often, while the rest are holding down the fort.

    As a smoker, I must tell you that I usually take only one break per 12 hr shift.
    And...I have never received a personal phone call at work. Not once. I work with many non-smokers who receive non-stop personal phone calls, and others who hide in the bathroom to get off of the floor, and such.

    Not all smokers take excessive breaks. When I am charge, I often have to talk to my co-workers, smokers and non-smokers alike, and remind them that they can only leave the floor on their scheduled breaks.

    I lead by example. I never take an extra break to smoke.
    However, I'm often left "holding down the fort" for many non-smokers.

    Please do not generalize smokers as doing less work than others.
  6. by   janetndhlovu
    I don't smoke and never have, but my parents both smoked. My father finally quit several years before he died. My mother I watch struggle with smoking. She even got the chewing gum that was out several years ago to help stop. She would even smoke and chew the gum. She really struggled with this up till the day she died of an MI.People wonder how it is that my brother nor myself every started smoking, although our parents did. It is a matter of choice but I think we as nurses need to set an example for other to have a healthy life style. I work on a Cardiac stepdown unit where some nurses go out to smoke. It's sad but I understand the struggles that people have with it. I try to support and not be critical, because nicotine is very addicting.
  7. by   shel_wny
    The best thing that I can do for my fellow workers who smoke is to be supportive and to accept them for who they are! I don't smoke but I'm not on any high horse because of it. My husband smokes and I am thankful that I have been given a glimpse into the addiction from his point of view. Smokers KNOW how bad it is for them. They feel enormous GUILT for themselves and for their loved ones. They TRY to quit and live with the failure. Isn't that enough punishment? Why make it worse?


    Shel
    Last edit by shel_wny on May 8, '04
  8. by   NURSEPATTY
    My response was just to state that I had been a former smoker...was not on a high horse about it. Sorry if it was taken out of context. I feel sorry for my smoking co-workers...But I've noted that some do take more than their alloted share of breaks....I would like to be able to break as often. Most of the time not though...because Im usually covering the floor while they are yet on another break. As I 've said before it takes a great deal of willpower to quit...with the patch and the support of my family...I accomplished it. I wish the same for all the others who are attempting to quit. And shel_wyn.....the only support that you can give a smoker is if they want to quit....I'm there 100%. Anything beyond that is contributing to their early demise. Sorry if anyone gets a little peeved at this...I apologize in advance.
  9. by   topsog5
    i hate smoking it sucks but ive tryed it shore da queen has 2 :angryfire pluss its rong for nureses 2 smoke it should me part of da job that u carnt smoke
    nurseing is a health job hy by way
  10. by   shel_wny
    Quote from NURSEPATTY
    My response was just to state that I had been a former smoker...was not on a high horse about it. Sorry if it was taken out of context. I feel sorry for my smoking co-workers...But I've noted that some do take more than their alloted share of breaks....I would like to be able to break as often. Most of the time not though...because Im usually covering the floor while they are yet on another break. As I 've said before it takes a great deal of willpower to quit...with the patch and the support of my family...I accomplished it. I wish the same for all the others who are attempting to quit. And shel_wyn.....the only support that you can give a smoker is if they want to quit....I'm there 100%. Anything beyond that is contributing to their early demise. Sorry if anyone gets a little peeved at this...I apologize in advance.
    No apologies needed and no offense meant! This response was written with no one particular in mind. The ideas presented here by everyone are very real and very valid. As a non-smoker myself, I see everyone's point! I was not targeting you or anyone.
    I don't know ANY smokers who don't understand that smoking is bad for them and who would not like to quit. Everyone wants to quit - even those who don't want to admit it. My support and empathy are for anyone who smokes. I understand how addicting it is and how difficult it is to kick the habit.

    Shel
  11. by   busyrninva
    Quote from bewbew
    (Two months, two weeks, three days, 2 hours, 6 minutes and 45 seconds. 1521 cigarettes not smoked, saving $456.78. Life saved: 5 days, 6 hours, 45 minutes.)

    WOO HOO!!! And I'm just lovin' all that extra cash!!
    Way to go ! Wish I wanted to stop.
  12. by   busyrninva
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    As a smoker, I must tell you that I usually take only one break per 12 hr shift.
    And...I have never received a personal phone call at work. Not once. I work with many non-smokers who receive non-stop personal phone calls, and others who hide in the bathroom to get off of the floor, and such.

    Not all smokers take excessive breaks. When I am charge, I often have to talk to my co-workers, smokers and non-smokers alike, and remind them that they can only leave the floor on their scheduled breaks.

    I lead by example. I never take an extra break to smoke.
    However, I'm often left "holding down the fort" for many non-smokers.

    Please do not generalize smokers as doing less work than others.



    We have alot of people on our floors too that don't smoke that leave the floor more than people who smoke. I don't think it's anyone's business what I do on my break. As long as I am not jepordizing my patient by being off the floor, I dare someone to say something about my being gone to "smoke".
  13. by   Mads Mum RN2B
    Quote from CNM2B
    THere is a good site called whyquit.com and I know that our local hospitals run support groups, but they cost whopping money for the most part (course if I quit for good again, I'd be saving way more than what I would spend on the support group...just don't have the money upfront!)
    Can I please give you a huge thank you for referring me to www.whyquit.com, it has saved my life! My mother and I both quit smoking for good one week ago today. It is the most awesome program I have ever done! And the awesome part was I quit cold turkey!

    THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!

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