Smoking nurses - page 6

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   Aussienurse2
    I smoke, I don't get breaks, what am I doing wrong?????

    If some is going to be a slacker then they are going to be a slacker, whether or not they smoke.

    If I want to freeze my butt off in the freezing cold at 0200hrs because I have done my work and the next round is at 0230 and there is someone on the floor then why should I not?

    I don't leave the floor without telling the other person, I make sure if I get a break the other person does too. If the work is not done, if something happens, if my co-worker can't cope then I don't get a break.

    I don't smoke inside my house, or any one elses. I don't smoke indoors period. I don't smoke in front of other peoples children. I don't smoke while walking in the street. I don't smoke if I'm working in a multi-building ( Too far to walk, I'm lazy!) I don't smoke in the car.

    I have no life, I live on the front verandah huddled in blankies swathed in a cloud of sweet smoke and I like it that way. On the plus side all my children are still alive and I havn't murdered my ex...............yet! If I have to give up the cigs I make no promises!
  2. by   semstr
    Aussienurse, you rock!
  3. by   jude11142
    Originally posted by Aussienurse2
    I smoke, I don't get breaks, what am I doing wrong?????

    If some is going to be a slacker then they are going to be a slacker, whether or not they smoke.

    If I want to freeze my butt off in the freezing cold at 0200hrs because I have done my work and the next round is at 0230 and there is someone on the floor then why should I not?

    I don't leave the floor without telling the other person, I make sure if I get a break the other person does too. If the work is not done, if something happens, if my co-worker can't cope then I don't get a break.

    I don't smoke inside my house, or any one elses. I don't smoke indoors period. I don't smoke in front of other peoples children. I don't smoke while walking in the street. I don't smoke if I'm working in a multi-building ( Too far to walk, I'm lazy!) I don't smoke in the car.

    I have no life, I live on the front verandah huddled in blankies swathed in a cloud of sweet smoke and I like it that way. On the plus side all my children are still alive and I havn't murdered my ex...............yet! If I have to give up the cigs I make no promises!
    Have to agree with semstr,lol, you rock!!! Love your sense of humor too.
    JUDE
  4. by   Dr. Kate
    I'm not and have never been a smoker. I used to complain, in my head, about the smokers always getting breaks to smoke. In those days it was still okay to smoke in the hospital (and, yeah, I've been around long enough to remember when doctors and nurses smoked at the nurses station. Frightening.) But then, I realized it was up to me to take a break if I needed it, just the way the smokers did off the floor or in the bathroom. I realized they were a lot smarter than I was, and more organized as well, they got breaks. I wanted to take breaks so I figured out how to make it happen. Used to be a lot easier to do. Now, getting a break is a lot, lot harder.

    I can remember going into one of the first hospitals in my area that banned smoking and thinking how really nice it was not to be smelling fresh and stale smoke everywhere.

    I'm rambling and it's far to early to be doing that. I'm going back to work.
  5. by   opalmRN
    Hummm??
    My migraines are triggered by perfumes, aftershave and body spray. Does that give me the right to refuse to work with co-workers who use these products? Some but not all facilities FROWN on use of such sprays but they don't send the users outside and heck the spray isn't doing my health any good.

    I am not for smoking but if your gonna talk about patient rights and the way things smell and how this can make people sick, just thought I'd give you something else to think about. And if you think Migraines are easily treated I can tell you first hand they are not.
    So here's a case where nurses use these products, doesn't harm them but those of us who are ravaged by the migraine world suffer. Any thoughts?
    C
  6. by   Aussienurse2
    I am violently allergic to lavender, in all it's forms. The CN on my old unit knew this however felt that aroma therapy would be a good thing to introduce into the unit. One anaphalactic shock later did she change her mind? Nope, it was for the good of the residents and therefore stayed. I moved to another unit, she decided to make aroma therapy an institutional-wide policy. I made my case to the board and to the union with the backing of the ER doctor who treated me and she told them that lavender was not used in the therapy. I told them that my life was at risk. This is an on-going thing at work now with no end in sight. At what point do we draw the line?
    I don't harm any-one but my self as I don't smoke near non-smokers but the hospital I work at is able to put my life at risk because of a therapy that has no proven benifit to client care. How is that right?
  7. by   ShandyLynnRN
    definitely NOT right aussienurse2....just plain WRONG!!!
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    like i said, this issue includes all noxious odors, smoke, perfume, cleaning solvents. It's not just smoke that bothers many of us.
  9. by   mattsmom81
    Speaking of cleaning solvents...any of you ever get a whiff of full strength Virex into your lungs?? Some idiot forgot to dilute it, I tried to clean a blood spill......4 of us were in the ER with CP, SOB and coughing our lungs up. One of the group with asthma ended up hospitalized with a chemical pneumonia. That stuff is awful!!

    I know so many nurses who get sick when the housekeepers strip, clean and rewax floors...

    Why don't facilities care?!? Aussie, I think I'd talk to a lawyer about that 'alternative therapy' in use that you are allergic too...you may have some legal recourse. Here's hoping!
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jan 8, '03
  10. by   bossynurse
    I don't mind the scented lotions, most are not noxious. But why???? do some staffers feel the need to wear purfume to work in hospital of all places. Why bother you end up smelling like latex and nasty hospital soap or some bodily fluid. The perfume just mixes in with all of the other lovely hospital smells and oh what a lovely mix that is. Not!
  11. by   nursechris1
    We do get MANY complaints about staff smelling like smoke. It, along with perfume smells, can be very nauseating, especially to someone who is dying. Would it be so hard for a nurse to Not smoke in her car on the way to a patients house?
  12. by   gizzy76
    I quit smoking in January and am so happy that I did so...regardless of the stresses of the job. Infact, I quit 2 days after writing my licensure exam. It has went surprisingly well for me, but some days at work I wish I still did smoke because then I would take my breaks.
  13. by   hogan4736
    I laugh at smokers...

    Especially the ones who gather around the kiosk 100 yards from their place of work all gathering around sucking the cancer stick...

    Take all the breaks you want...I don't care! It's not about that.

    No offense meant, I just think it's a silly ritual...

    And the addiction thing? Both my parents smoked for 30+ years, and quit together one day COLD TURKEY!

    Neither has smoked a cigarette in over 7 years...
    IT CAN BE DONE!

    My mom swears the "addiction was in her head"

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