wearing perfume to work - page 17

thought this would be interesting. what's your policy? i wear a light body splash if any.... Read More

  1. by   JessicRN
    I wish we had a policy of no scents or perfumes. We have two people both of which who are non nurses. They smell like they bathed in perfume and the scent stays for up to 10 minutes after they have left. I get physically ill whenever I go near them. I have written to my nurse manager but so far no one has spoken to them:angryfire
  2. by   lcn
    so far no policy stated for no perfumes at work, anyway most of the staff using it. as long as it's not too strong.
  3. by   jeepgirl
    Quote from rambisisking
    I'm sorry, but I don't understand the point of your comment.
    then read the comment and the entire thread again.

    we've had people on the thread stating that some who are reacting to fragrances are over reacting, and others who say that they are not. MCS is the same way. there are very true cases of it... and then there are not. the ones that are not true cases can make the very true cases of it misunderstood... and that is a really a shame.
  4. by   rambisisking
    Quote from jeepgirl
    then read the comment and the entire thread again.

    we've had people on the thread stating that some who are reacting to fragrances are over reacting, and others who say that they are not. MCS is the same way. there are very true cases of it... and then there are not. the ones that are not true cases can make the very true cases of it misunderstood... and that is a really a shame.
    In alot of illness there are those that have true cases and those who don't. The fact that this illness is so misunderstood and truly not investigated properly should not leave as much speculation to nurses who believe it can be judged. Because you don't witness a reaction that you can recognize does not mean there is not one. We don't know enough about this to be deciding whether it is true or not in anyone. As nurses we treat someones pain or discomfort whether we believe it to be true or not.
  5. by   TlcprnMN
    we are not allowed to wear anything scented at our hospital per policy, however the styff they spray after a "code brown" is bad!
  6. by   KyPinkRN
    Quote from jerico
    i am allergic to stinking and filthy patients.

    i wheeze when i get near them. the dust mites and lice leap onto my skin and bite me. they make me hyperventilate.

    when they all start bathing once a week, i'll quit wearing perfume to work.

    they can take away my perfume bottle when they pry it from my cold, dead hand.

    :angryfire


    this everyones allergic to everyone is getting out of hand!
    :yeahthat: :yeahthat::yeahthat:

    i couldn't have said it any better myself
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    If you're wearing perfume to the point that you can smell it off of yourself, chances are it's too much for other people (including the pts.!). There are other ways of masking out funk w/o a person's own perfume (and i've done it even without an actual mask).
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Because you don't witness a reaction that you can recognize does not mean there is not one. We don't know enough about this to be deciding whether it is true or not in anyone.
    I agree. Typically when i've started wheezing, people don't hear it, because i try to catch it before it's loud. And, of course, a headache or migraine cannot be seen.


    Luckily, we've got a strict policy in our dept. against perfumes. But that only happened as a result of someone wearing a perfume that several people (we were told over 40 complaints out of appx 250 ppl) complained about. To ban it from others because of one may NOT be fair, however, perfume is far from being necessary.
  9. by   KuteNurse
    i do wear a touch of something also. have been wearing it for years. once a co-worker told me she was allergic to the lotion i was using from b & b works, i respected her wishes, but she could have said it in a nicer tone. i would much rather smell just a light touch of something fresh over body odor etc...maybe it depends on the area you are working in...i am in a clinic and i have contact with patients for such a short time. interesting thoughts. :snow: omg! i love these emoticons!

    lol kutenurse
  10. by   blynn
    Sometimes after working in a room that is smelly because of a 'code brown' or because the patient doesn't have very good hygiene, I'll spray some light body spray on, otherwise I'll be convinced that I stink for the rest of the day.
  11. by   AYABA
    Perfume or anything that may make u attractive is considedred professional misconduct in Nigeria especially by those old wicked Nursing chiefs.Anyway most of my colleague wont be a in a position to purchase a perfume from the miserable pay cheques we receive every month.
  12. by   RoxanRN
    :deadhorse: Haven't we beat the poor thing enough????
  13. by   Deidre Shiobhan
    As long as the perfume is not too strong and overwhelming it's acceptable in my unit. However we are against the idea of having long nails, nail polish and any other jewellry besides the wedding ring.

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