wearing perfume to work - page 5

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  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Secondly, why are people putting this stuff on? Are they looking for a good man in the work setting? I just think it's funny that women feel a need to do it. It's so superficial and appearance based.
    Actually, where i work, it's the MEN that are bad about it. I'd love to tell a few that it's call COLOGNE, not MARINADE.

    (has nothing to do with lookign for a date at work)
  2. by   ragingmomster
    Just a quick anecdote, about 8 months ago a phlebotomist walked through the floor (post-op) wearing some kind of cologne that threw me into a full blown asthma attack. That had never happened to me before. Thank goodness the RT was on the floor with a pocketful of albuterol. The phleb was sent home to shower and told not to wear it to work again. Love my nurse manager!
  3. by   sjrn85
    Quote from genhen
    "Constipated people don't give a crap"?

    Now that is funny. After making a long, serious post about wrongful termination in another thread, I need to laugh. Thanks Marie.

    OK, I'm a male-nursing student. That is not any connection to breast feeding. Sorry, I digress.

    First of all, patients who are post surgery alot of the time have nausea. To get a whiff of "hey guy, look at me!" might send them over the edge in which they will require an emesis basin.

    Secondly, why are people putting this stuff on? Are they looking for a good man in the work setting? I just think it's funny that women feel a need to do it. It's so superficial and appearance based. Granted, people should not be slobs. But, who the person is on the inside is more important. Ditch the juice and have a pleasant conversation with someone.

    Peace
    Genhen
    1st Semester Student Nurse
    Grinding my way to finals in two weeks.

    "I have got a quote yet....but I'm thinking

    Wow...why did you gear your post toward women only? And what on earth did the comment about breastfeeding mean? :uhoh21:
  4. by   angelladyclaire
    I'm not sure what our official policy is, I just know that nursing administration encourages us not to wear strong scents. There is a running joke on my floor though about the a.m. pharmacy guy who restocks our med room... you can smell him coming from a mile away. It's not a bad scent in and of itself, but you can literally smell him for five minutes after he's left our med room and it's about a 10x10 area. You'll walk by wondering if your morning po's are going to be there and know before you reach the door. It's disgusting. I can't imagine if this guy worked direct patient care.
  5. by   Rnannie94
    Quote from genhen
    "Constipated people don't give a crap"?

    Now that is funny. After making a long, serious post about wrongful termination in another thread, I need to laugh. Thanks Marie.

    OK, I'm a male-nursing student. That is not any connection to breast feeding. Sorry, I digress.

    First of all, patients who are post surgery alot of the time have nausea. To get a whiff of "hey guy, look at me!" might send them over the edge in which they will require an emesis basin.

    Secondly, why are people putting this stuff on? Are they looking for a good man in the work setting? I just think it's funny that women feel a need to do it. It's so superficial and appearance based. Granted, people should not be slobs. But, who the person is on the inside is more important. Ditch the juice and have a pleasant conversation with someone.

    Peace
    Genhen
    1st Semester Student Nurse
    Grinding my way to finals in two weeks.

    "I have got a quote yet....but I'm thinking


    The biggest offender where I work is a doctor that is male, not female. He comes to make rounds reeking of some of the worst smelling cologne! I can smell him from down the hall and I have an instant migraine. I refuse to make rounds with him because of this, and thankfully, my co-workers are able to step up for me and go with him (tho, truthfully, he often ends up making rounds alone). The smell is so bad that stepping into an elevator that he had recently rode is enough to make a person ill. Considering the number of women I work with, I can name only one other person that wore an obnoxious scent, and she quickly quit wearing it when she found out it made me sick.
  6. by   pricklypear
    Reading all this stuff, and recalling how stupid people seem as they walk by training an almost visible cloud of "scent" reminds me of something I heard a long time ago. I can't remember where, but it seems like it was someone big in the perfume industry who said that scent is meant to be an intimate experience. Technically, it's supposed to be worn in amounts (and places) that only the person you are dancing (ahem, or whatever) with can detect it.

    On that note, I have to say there is one doc at my hospital who wears something so yummy that we all just want to follow him out the door. You can't smell it unless you're standing right next to him. It seems to make me say some really stupid things.:imbar
  7. by   jh479352
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Actually, where i work, it's the MEN that are bad about it. I'd love to tell a few that it's call COLOGNE, not MARINADE.

    (has nothing to do with lookign for a date at work)
    Some of my clients have the most perfume on but I don't think they are included in the No Perfume rule which is absent minded.
  8. by   Resqrn28115
    All the hospitals I have worked at; P/P's say no perfume or colonge. But most use it anyway (I have in the past). I was recently a pt in ICU and the sells that used to be OK were totally nauseating .

    I will refrain in the future.:wink2:
  9. by   HeartsOpenWide
    I usually wear lotion but you can hardly smell it if at all, and no nauseating floral scents. No perfume however. I do not even own the stuff. I personally think it should be banned in public (light body sprays like those from bath and body works excluded). If I smell perfume I get an instant head ache and my nose plugs up. Some people practically bath in the stuff and I find it inconsiderate. It would only be worse for a birthing mother who's senses are already heightened or a patient in the E.R. who came in for an asthma attack. A person that thinks putting on perfume will make them smell needs to stay in the shower longer.
    Last edit by HeartsOpenWide on Dec 4, '05
  10. by   barefootlady
    older nurses used to apply a light scent to a cotton ball and slip it into their bras. sorry, but I have to apply a lotion to my dry skin or I itch. I usually go for the unscented type but do messup from time to time and wear a lite scent when the supply of unscented is gone and I have not had time to buy another bottle. I have many allergies myself so I try to be considerate of others.
  11. by   barefootlady
    I forgot to add that our DON was on the floor Friday and reeked of a sweet fragrance that had everyone sneezing and coughing while she talked to us in a small, close room. Wonder if she reads this BB?
  12. by   fiara
    In the UK we can wear perfume as long as it's not too overpowering, however if you work with cancer patients in a specialist unit you cant.

    In a busy accident and emergency department I'm glad I'm able to wear something, I'd hate to think that the patients I'm tending to think I'm smelling sweaty on a hot summers day!
  13. by   SookeyRN
    As someone who is extremely sensitive to smells myself (scents are a very sensitive migraine trigger for me), and having been taught not to, it is just plain common sense to not wear perfumes and strong-smelling lotions/body sprays when providing patient care. I work in BMT, where CINV and gut GVH is a problem, and some chemotherapies (carmustine, for example) cross the blood brain barrier and affect the CTZ area of the brain.

    That said, I think it would be wise to always remember that YOUR favorite scent may not be the favorite scent of the people around you. My mother-in-law wears White Diamonds, and insists on wearing it when she travels in the car with us - which honestly makes me quite ill (hmmm....maybe that's why she wears it?? ).

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