Smoking nurses - page 3

I am not a nurse yet, but my sister-in-law is and she smokes. I smoke as well and would like to quit before even starting my classes. I heard that "you can't be a nurse unless you smoke". I feel like... Read More

  1. by   mario_ragucci
    Nah badbird, (grinning hard), Band wagons used to blaze trails, no more (laughing). The smoking thing is just such a puzzle. Since they are so bad, why are they so legal and available? Obviously smoking has a place, and not nessesarily in eating places or hotels. Or smelling like one at bedside.
    Tax money. Quiting. Avoiding. Exposure to.
    No offense badbird, i just blurbed :-)
  2. by   baseline
    I am a smoker who hasn't smoked in almost 1.5 years. (In my opinion there is no such thing as an EX-smoker...its an addiction just like alcohol and narcotics). It is my opinion that hospitals should be a non-smoking campus.
  3. by   TEXASWAG
    Hate to say it but there were times on the job that I wanted to go down with the smokers and have a smoke. When I'm under stress I mostly eat. Smoking still appeals to me. I have smoked in the past in the bar scene before I became a nurse. I think for right now I'll continue to eat.
  4. by   Anagray
    I've smoked since I was 14. Stopped for about 18 months, then started back up. I'm 27 now and I stopped smoking again because of pregnancy.
    There are good and bad sides to smoking. I honestly LOVE to smoke, but I know that I have to stop before it is too late.
    I did not smoke at work because I didn't want to smell like cigarettes for the patients. Those who do not smoke feel sick from it and those who smoke are craving it even more, because on my floor people can not walk off the unit.

    My advice is to the OP is when u feel u need to stimulate your pleasure centers eat a chocolate bar, instead of smoking at work.
  5. by   RNforLongTime
    I quit smoking over 3 weeks ago after I crashed my Tracker into a telephone pole (no major injuries). Best thing I've ever done! Can't even stand the smell anymore and I smoked for 10 yrs. Now, if only I could lose some weight
  6. by   Flo1216
    I think it is hippocritical to smoke while trying to promote healthy living, which is why I stopped when I started nursing school. Also, the reality of the ill effects of smoking really hit me once I began working in a hospital. However, I DO realize it is an addiction. I am addicted to caffeine. What annoys me is when I can't find a nurse or cna or UA because they are outside smoking every other hour.
  7. by   Pretzlgl
    I haven't smoked for almost a year. I quit because I couldn't stand being at work wondering when I could run out for my next cigarette. Talk about ball and chain. I couldn't not smoke for 10 to 12 hours at work. So I decided to quit - and I did because I really wanted to.
  8. by   SnowymtnRN
    is that smokers ALWAYS...yes ALWAYS get their breaks. I can go 8-10 hours without having time to barely pee or drink a glass of water, but how come smokers ALWAYS go out every hour on the hour and smoke? I just don't get it....i'm very anti smoking in my home, cars,etc...but i know its an addiction. When i'm a patient i don't like to smell it on others that are caring for me either but i try to be polite and let them know as gently as possible that its irritating so hopefully they can do something about it.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Where I work, smoking is not allowed within 50 or 100 yards of hospital ground (can't remember the exact number)...Purty durn effectively eliminates smoke breaks for employees and patients, too. We offer patches to patients who can't stand the withdrawals. It's not easy to enforce and some walk out AMA but I believe it's a good policy, nonetheless. Makes it fair For EVERYONE.
  10. by   mario_ragucci
    It does sound kinda Nazi-ish to see smoking banned so outright, like within a perimeter. Please, I agree smoking is bad. What if this same forbiding and control applied to other aspects of human behavior? I remember traveling through the south and they had "dry" counties and "wet" counties. That pertained to booze, but the idea is the same. What can you do if a hospital is in a city? Then you couldn't ban any perimeter. It just sounds kinda strange to be so specific with a behavior, smoking or any behavior. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, not the land of the "told exactly what to do's" and the home of the meek :-) I'm sorry :-(
  11. by   renerian
    Been over 23 weeks for me now and I am really craving one this morning.

    renerian
  12. by   jacolaur
    Our State just passed the banning of all indoor smoking as well...I never have smoked but two of my three brothers do and both my parents. It just kills me to think that those damn things are what will put my parents in the grave...they are so addicted to them they at this point in there lives have found it impossible to quit. I lost count of their many attempts at trying..the only good thing about the awful habit is that my two boys think they(the cigs) are disgusting and will never smoke. ... So sad ....I love my parents and brothers to pieces and wish they could stop....
    Last edit by jacolaur on Dec 25, '02
  13. by   NurseWeasel
    After watching my Grandma die (literally, by her bedside) from smoking related health problems, you couldn't PAY me enough to smoke. It was HORRIBLE, she was pleading with God to just take her and get it over with, for weeks! Yes, Hospice was there... but they can only do so much. It gives me the heebie-jeebies just remembering the process and being there. I am comforted knowing that she knew I was there and that she was loved, though.

    So no smoking breaks for me... although I may have to take "Pepsi" breaks every hour on the hour (kidding)...

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