Smoking nurses - page 7

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   hogan4736
    Oh, and maybe a different topic, but don't whine to me that you're broke, and you have "this pesky cough" and you "can't afford Tylenol" (a patient's words, NOT mine) and then immediately (after the intake) go outside to smoke a cigarette while waiting to see the doc for your cough and fever...
  2. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by Streamlined
    To Chrissy,

    Please stop smoking. Make it your number one priority right now this minute. You need all the oxygen the air will allow in order to concentrate and do well in your studies. You need the money that cigarettes are usurping to buy your textbooks, your uniforms, your brand new shiny stethescope. You need endurance to get yourself to the gym, on a walk,, to the pool, etc to help keep your body strong for your education and your livelihood. Last but not least, you need to lead by example, and that means you have to practice health-giving lifestyle choices. Cigarettes sap your strength, they cut a gash in your finances, they present a skewed image of you and they make you stink to high heaven. Don't blame stress;stress will never go away. Make yourself credible to yourself, your classmates and your patients by being as healthy as you can be. Don't hide behind the it's nobody's business line. A healthy person is good for the planet, a sickly one, especially a person who could have prevented her illness, is a leech to mother earth. Shape up, be responsible, good luck.
    I love this post. I am an ex-smoker and while I imagine this post may have ticked me off back in the day, truer words have never been spoken; especially on the "stress relieving" excuse. In reality there is not much more stressful than needing a cigarette when you can't get away to have one!!
  3. by   HARN
    I think that a nurse can smoke if they choose. But smoke not for a way to deal with stress. There are many other ways to deal with stress. Plus leaving the floor many times a shift takes away from patient care & puts more stress on your co-workers. Being a smoker however does not make one a nurse. Inteligenc & caring make one a nurse along with many other traits.
  4. by   jude11142
    Originally posted by renerian
    People can say not to smoke inside but geeze we have a judge been picked up 8 times for DUI. Convicted once the other charges droped. Who knows why. Seems alcohol should be a more likely target LOL.

    I don't smoke anymore but I think smoking inside is fine especially in a bar or bowling alley.

    LOL.

    renerian
    I agree with you here. I am a smoker and I don't believe that raising taxes on cigarettes is going to make smokers quit. I also believe that alcohol harms/kills many so why doesn't the goverment put a high tax on it like they did with cigs??

    You know, I get severe headaches when I am exposed to the scents of perfumes. At my old job(in an office), I would actually at times not only get headache but would become nauseated. Just being in an elevator with somebody who is swimming in perfume is enought to trigger a headache. Has anyone researched the long-term effects of being exposed to these scents?

    I do not mean that smokers should be able to smoke where ever they chose. Before most restaurants turned into no smoking establishments, I would never think of smoking while somebody is eating. They should continue with smoking/no smoking sections though because when I go out to dinner, it is something I do for enjoyment and having a smoke before/after dinner is something that I enjoy. I am spending good money to dine out and I'll be you know what if I am going to go to an establishment that bans smoking. I know that this is a very touchy topic and both sides feel deeply about it. I suppose what I resent the most is the looks or comments people make when I am out somewhere and smoking. As I said before alcohol kills so many innocent people, yet nobody looks at somebody who is enjoying a beer or glass of wine and says, "your drinking harms me"........why? Nobody says anything when patrons have a few drinks and they become loud and obnoxious........everyone laughs and thinks it's pretty funny. Well, it's not funny when that persons actions hurts or kills somebody. Instead of knocking smokers, taxing us higher and higher, get tough on alcohol!!!!!!! Raise taxes on that.....Limit their drinks, have them hand in there keys..better yet ban drinking as I am sick of going to a restaurant and having to listen to drunken tales because they become so loud that you can't help but hear plus I am petrified when I am leaving and I have a driver who was just inside drinking in front of me swerving all over the road.

    I could go on and on...........but I know that this debate has been going on for years and will continue to go on. So, that's it from me on the subject. I just get sooooooooo mad sometimes.

    JUDE
  5. by   KevinN
    Jude 11142, I think you are overgeneralizing when you say "Nobody says anything when patrons have a few drinks and they become loud and obnoxious". I for one do not think drunk people are amusing or harmless. And I think alcohol should be highly taxed in addition to cigarettes not "instead of" cigarettes as you suggest.

    Kevin
  6. by   rebel_red
    Then we could have high taxes on red meat...(Hey! I paid for your by-pass!) Sugar ( You know all that insulin you have been getting on medicare/medicaid..) Ok I know I am being totally facetious.

    However the point I am trying to make is: I am so sick and tired of people pointing fingers and yelling "J'accuse!!". Fact is everything we say and do has an affect/impact/repercussion on others. At times I wonder how feasible it is to even expect people to be civil anymore. I see people day in and day out criticizing others but never looking to clean up their own "mess". It is just soooooo much easier to point than to look in the mirror...

    Before anyone's panties/briefs get in a twist, this is not meant specifically to any of the posters on this BB. If it were I would address it as such.

    I read somewhere once, that you can tell how civilized a society is by the number of laws they enact. The theory being the fewer laws, the greater the civility as people were "policing" themselves. Seems to me we are in deep doo. Just what will we legislate next?

    Tres
    off to have a beer and a cigarette, douse herself in perfume, eat a huge steak, while wearing a fur coat and pointing out everyone else's flaws...cause obviously I can't have any issues.......

    end rant
  7. by   KevinN
    rebel red, I understand that your post was not intended for anyone in particular however there is a difference between someone who eats unhealthy and the consequences that can come from people who smoke and drink. If someone eats unhealthy, they can damage their health. However a person who smokes or drinks can affect other people's health and lives through second hand smoke and drunk driving. Also maybe sugar and red meat should be high-taxed. If its proven to be harmful to a persons health, why defend it?

    Kevin
  8. by   nursechris1
    I am not harming you by eating sugar, red meat, etc, but smokers do harm me when they smoke around me, and it makes me nauseous when someone wears too much perfume. I am not saying don't wear perfume, just go lightly, instead of bathing in it. I am not saying don't smoke, just don't do it around me, especially when I am eating. And please don't blow it in my face, and I won't fart in yours. LOL
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by nursechris1
    I am not harming you by eating sugar, red meat, etc, but smokers do harm me when they smoke around me, and it makes me nauseous when someone wears too much perfume. I am not saying don't wear perfume, just go lightly, instead of bathing in it. I am not saying don't smoke, just don't do it around me, especially when I am eating. And please don't blow it in my face, and I won't fart in yours. LOL
    :roll :roll
  10. by   jetsetter
    I don't smoke but I have a related grip. Why do the smoker's get 3 or 4 "breaks" a shift that the nonsmokers don't get? kinda hard to complain to the charge nurse when she's the worst. We get busted if found "sitting", but the smokers leave and it s no big deal.
  11. by   TreceRN
    Well, I've never smoked but I do reserve the right to have an opinion from the evidently minority non-smoking section. I guess I'm a little shocked at the number of nurses that smoke. At my facility very few nurses (out of the 300+ at our acute care hospital) smoke. I confess to my own prejudices. I, too, feel that the only nurses who seem to get all their breaks and lunches are those that smoke (cigarettes must be more motivating than food for some). I worked in ICU for 5 years and was amazed by one of my co-workers (the only one who smoked). She would be caring for a 58 year old end stage COPD pt trached on a vent, go have her smoke break, and come back reeking of tar and nicotine and walk right in the room and interact with her pt. Nurses should know better than anyone else the harm that those thousands of toxic chemicals they are breathing in are causing to their bodies. Call me crazy, but how can a nurse educate a pt regarding healthy habits if that person knowingly poisons themselves on a daily basis?

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