Swearing: hugely unprofessional, mildly irritating or a normal part of speech.

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    I am a nursing student and I have noticed soo much swearing within my program. NOt only is it my peers but also teachers and buddy nurses. It is one thing to swear on occasion when something horrendous happens, but another to be saying f this f'n s and so on. I find that it seems to be a normal part of speech with several of my peers, even my teachers use it on occasion. I find this to be unprofessional behaviour, especially infront of patients. What is your opinion?
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    Hugely unprofessional.
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    In small groups of people you know well, used sparingly, maybe. But around patients or colleagues/students you aren't close with, totally unprofessional.
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    If you're with your friends and its your norm--sure.
    In a hospital setting, schoo, at work, in a professional setting...and ESPECIALLY in your own professional setting-- absolutely unprofessional.
    fsh1986, acerbia, Bella'sMyBaby, and 4 others like this.
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    It depends on the culture. It seems that most nursing floors are tightly knit. So are most schools. Never in front of a patient. But I don't think it's so simple to say it's unprofessional in a peer group setting. Especially in this type of job. They aren't bank tellers. Due to the job, and the experiences it brings, this is not simply a profession. It has the capacity to form and change you. It also requires you bring a great deal of yourself to the table.
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    I try, but am not always successful in avoiding the use of curse words in the break room. Most of them talk like truck drivers---and my boss is the worst offender of all of us! But then, they're all younger and they're used to tossing around the F bomb, while my generation tends to view it as the ultimate Bad Word and saves it for the end of the argument.

    However, I have rarely if ever used foul language in front of patients/residents. Their generation was much more formal (AKA well-mannered) and they don't want to hear that stuff, especially from a woman. I think it's disrespectful as well as unprofessional, and with the exception of the time I swore after knocking a full urinal to the floor in the middle of a night shift, I've managed to avoid it.

    At home.......well, as my father used to say, "I need to stop that d*mn cussing---it sounds like crap!" Which is why I'm going to try giving it up for Lent. We'll see how well that works for me.
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    As long as it's known when NOT to use it, then I could not care less in other people's choice of words.
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    As long as it isn't used in front of a patient, then I have no issue with it. I'm in nursing school, and everyone in my group (except about three people) swears like sailors. I've heard this type of language at clinical, but it's always when we are alone in the stock room looking for something, in the break room, in the med room, or doing something away from a patient's room. I would have a huge issue if it was used in front of a patient, but other than that I have absolutely no issue with it at all. I'm guilty too, so I can't stand in judgement of anyone.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    I try, but am not always successful in avoiding the use of curse words in the break room. Most of them talk like truck drivers---and my boss is the worst offender of all of us! But then, they're all younger and they're used to tossing around the F bomb, while my generation tends to view it as the ultimate Bad Word and saves it for the end of the argument. However, I have rarely if ever used foul language in front of patients/residents. Their generation was much more formal (AKA well-mannered) and they don't want to hear that stuff, especially from a woman. I think it's disrespectful as well as unprofessional, and with the exception of the time I swore after knocking a full urinal to the floor in the middle of a night shift, I've managed to avoid it. At home.......well, as my father used to say, "I need to stop that d*mn cussing---it sounds like crap!" Which is why I'm going to try giving it up for Lent. We'll see how well that works for me.
    Yes...The f-bomb truly was "The Queen Mother" of dirty words... Still is to me... But there are times where saying "fudge" doesn't quite convey the way I feel!
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Yes...The f-bomb truly was "The Queen Mother" of dirty words... Still is to me... But there are times where saying "fudge" doesn't quite convey the way I feel!
    I'm with Hygiene Queen on that one! Of course you never use profanity around a patient! (Although conjuring up scenarios about which combination of cuss words you might use in a given situation can make you laugh and that is a stress-reliever) Your teachers swear around the patients?


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