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

  1. 1 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?
  2. Visit  loveoutloud profile page

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    From 'somewhere'; Joined Aug '11; Posts: 85; Likes: 39.

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  3. Visit  sirI profile page
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    Hugely unprofessional.
  4. Visit  Waiting for rain profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  heelnurse profile page
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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.
  6. Visit  anonymousstudent profile page
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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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  7. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  Despareux profile page
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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.
    acerbia, Bella'sMyBaby, kids, and 2 others like this.
  9. Visit  NCRNMDM profile page
    1
    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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  10. Visit  Hygiene Queen profile page
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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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  11. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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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?
  12. Visit  loveoutloud profile page
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    yes. Rather than calling it a bum, butt or buttom, i have been with a nurse that called it an a$$. Or if something doesn't go in it's that d, f'n or stty thing. Like not swearing at someone, but they will use it in casual conversation around patients too. One of my teacher's also swears quite often in casual convesation in lectures.

    I actually don't respect these nurses/teachers quite as much as I view it as massively unprofessional and it just sounds kinda uneducation to be repeatedly using swears as verbs.
  13. Visit  tnbutterfly profile page
    2
    I agree........totally unprofessional. No need to use language that may be offensive to patients and others. And for the teacher to use that type of language????? Even worse, in my opinion.
    VivaLasViejas and badmamajama like this.
  14. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    loveoutloud - my grandma used to use a word to describe that "coarse" - our patients come from so many walks of life. There's no need to possibly offend them with that. Sometimes (rarely) a word like ass could be used if and only if there's a history with a particular person - say a male CNA saying it jokingly to a retired serviceman in a longterm care facility who gets sick and tired of listening to all that girly-talk 24/7. We had a guy share an experience like that and it was clear the old guy was delighted by it . ..that is the exception though.
    opossum, GrnTea, and badmamajama like this.


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