Smoking nurses - page 4

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   Lisa24
    I'am a non-smoker myself and my husband also and we live in aapartment building and the man below us smokes and so does his 3 sons when they come over to his apartment and I could smell it all the way to the bedroom had to get 2 air filters to level out the smell . put air freshner but no matter what I try to do to avoid it I cant. I know hes has his rights just like all other smokers but dam a little consideration its a small building and hes smokes in the hallway and the whole buiding stinks like cigarettes yuck! but I guess is part of life and all of us non- smokers have to deal with it. I mostly worry about my 2 year old because i dont want him inhaling that stuff.
  2. by   TrdNur
    I agree that it is setting a poor example for a nurse to smoke, but lots of other things also set a poor example such as obesity, now I'm not meaning to pick on obese nurses, but as some have mentioned earlier everyone has some type of failing or vice. I smoke and I'm not proud of it, but I try not to let it interfere with caring for the patient to the best of my addicted ability. One thing for sure is if I'm ever in a health crisis and the nurse that saves my life smells like cig smoke or is fat as mud I'm sure I won't mind at all how she smelled or how fat she was. I will only be thankful that she or he knew the right thing to do and did it. I'm sure some of you won't believe it but I have been named in more patient satisfaction surveys than any nurse at our facility (smelling like I do) lol.
  3. by   TrdNur
    Let me add I was mentioned in a positive manner in those patient satisfaction surveys.
  4. by   tattooednursie
    I'm weird when it comes to smoking. I'm not adicted, but it relieves my stress. I could go on forever without a ciggarette, but every once and a while I just have one of those days when I need one. The most ciggarettes I have smoked in a day was 5, at work, during a stressful day. I have been doing this since I became a CNA. I know its bad, but I just don't see my self ever getting into smoking like a chimney.
  5. by   Ragin Cajun
    I have to agree Mario. Why should I have to tolerate billigerant, dangerous-behind-a-wheel drinkers, obnoxious drinkers, puking in the anywhere they can drinkers, etc,etc. Guess you know I don't drink...........yet, I STILL have to tolerate them !!! I hate drinking as much as they hate smoking..........and , I'd be willing to bet that the non-smokers all take part in downing a few here and there, and see NOTHING wrong with drinking........look at all the health/social/financial problems that drinking causes for heaven's sake !!!!!!!!!! Give us a break !! I don't like the smell of booze either, so everyone quit drinking right now !!!
  6. by   andrewsgranny
    I'd like to add my 2 pennies here.... Yes I am a smoker. I'm not proud, my employer does not know that I smoke. I never smoke at work or in my car or in my home when my grandbaby is there. I am a selective smoker but still a smoker. But here's my beef... Everyone complains about the stinch of smokers and I agree,. But what about the stinch of colognes and perfumes? That is very offensive as well. And the non smoking nurse who dazzles herself/himself with colognes or perfumes and cares for our pts. is just as bad if not worse than smelling the aftermath of a cigarette. And I hate to take a bite of somones perfume
    There are alot of things out there that are offensive to others.
    Smoking IS a disease and can be cured. But who's gonna tell the nurses and others they cant wear their estee' lauder?
  7. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Well I smoke and hear flack about it everytime Im assisting in a thoracotomy or some cancer case. A Dr or another Nurse feels compelled to lecture me at that moment about my habbits of my smoking, which usually sends me into a nice sacastic comments about thier habbits of choice. They tend to stop with thier comments to me especially since I nailed one of the Nurses about her habbit of sleeping with married surgeons.
    Havent heard too many of the lectures since. I dont feel guilty because I smoke, its a personal choice for myself and I try not to speak to others about it, but Im also not a huge smoker either, mainly in high stress times or when Im on my laptop. I do however speak to my patients about it and can understand how difficult it can be for them to stop. I can see both sides of the fence and I understand the medical side of the issue but I also know its a personal choice and mine for the making. Not anyone elses.
    Zoe
  8. by   NurseWeasel
    Sleeping with married surgeons.... now THERE's a deadly habit!
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    like I said before, all noxious odors, perfume, cleaning solvents, smoke what-have-you should and must be tightly controlled. You never know who is allergic to exactly what and what reaction they will have when they are exposed to it. I work with a nurse who is deathly allergic to cigarette smoke residue and when she enters a room where patient family members bring it with them, its all she can do breathe after leaving. Another is allergic to perfume/dye. I don't think it is fair to pick on cigarette smoke alone without addressing nurses' insistence on wearing obnoxious perfume to work. That, to me, is just as offensive and unfair to the patients who don't have the choice but to breathe in such odors. WE should lead by example by avoiding smoking on the job OR wearing perfume, period, to protect the safety and health of ALL patients and even our coworkers!
  10. by   mario_ragucci
    No Lisa - you have a great sense of smell. Molecules are a neat thing :-) I used to manage an apartment building in Seattle, and I could always smell if someone had been near smoking crack or heroin. It's easy to smell, and can permiate a space just as you describe. Cigarettes are legal; imagine someone trying to quit crack or heroin and they smell it. Some folks just don't care :-(
  11. by   Flo1216
    Actually, my hospital does have rules about heavy perfume. Especially for nurses who work on an HIV or oncology floor. Theses pts seem to get queasy very easily from these scents. It's not the smell that bothers me so much with smoking. I just feel that if I am going to promote health to others that I should practice what I preach. Eating healthy, exercising and not smoking (or drinking excessively) are things I do for myself so I don't feel hippocritical when I am trying to teach a pt about lifestyle modification. I mean if someone who reeked of smoke and was obese told me that I needed to lose weight, exercise and quit smoking, I probably wouldn't take her/him so seriously. I know these things aren't easy to do, especially when we are stressed, but I feel that the end result is well worth it.
  12. by   fab4fan
    We have a policy in our hospital, too, about perfume...but no one really abides by it.

    I am very allergic to perfumes, etc. It's bad enough when I have to work with someone wearing it, but I was in the hosp. for 5 days as a pt. a few weeks ago, and let me tell you...it is frustrating to be trapped in bed with someone reeking of perfume. You can't get away from it, and then the room stinks afterward.

    If it were up to me, wearing perfume/cologne would be worthy of a reprimand, even suspension if the person cont. to wear it.
  13. by   RainbowSkye
    Would that we were all perfect, huh? I don't smoke, never have. My grandpa and my mom died of lung cancer - both horrible, miserable, much too early deaths. My mom didn't live to see her grandchildren grow up, graduate high school, get married...she would have been thrilled to meet her first great-grandchild.

    I eat when I'm stressed out, hence, I weigh more than the charts say I should. However, my bp, cholesterol and blood sugar are well within normal limits. I exercise every day. So, to all of y'all who equate overweight with ill health - you can't always tell a book by its cover.

    Smoking does smell nasty to a non-smoker. But then again, so does too much Lady Stetson or bad b.o. My biggest beef with smokers at work has already been mentioned, they, on the whole, take many more breaks than non-smokers. In some European countries, non-smokers get an extra two weeks of vacation a year because they figured that's how many extra hours a smoker smokes at work. Sounds good to me.

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