% of Nurses that smoke - page 2

by twinner05 2,178 Views | 12 Comments

I have been working in the medical field for a few years and I was very surprised to find the number of nurses and other healthcare workers that smoke. I found this statistic on a few different websites that I found interesting.... Read More

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    My hospital is smoke free. At my hospital if you voluntarily get tested for nicotine and your results are negative and you sign something saying you don't smoke you will get a $11/month discount on health insurance. It's great!
    Last edit by CrazyGoonRN on Mar 11
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    I think most smokers are addicted and it is used as a way to relieve stress. Also the smokers are the ones that usually get their breaks and I think that is how smoking is reinforced in nursing! However hospitals are banning smoking on their premises and charging insurance penalty fees for smokers and I think that is why some nurses have quit smoking. Also doesn't the Cleveland Clinic refuse to even hire smokers now. Seems that is the latest trend more micromanagement into a person's personal life! I don't smoke but I think it is wrong to refuse to hire smokers.
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    I was a closet smoker all through nursing school and it was a source of a lot of stress. I refused to smoke in scrubs before or after my rotations, just because I was so concerned the smell would cling to the material and offend my patients. I knew that smoking was a choice I made for myself, but I felt/feel very strongly that it is inappropriate for a nurse to smell of smoke while treating patients with respiratory problems and/or who cannot smoke themselves during their hospitalization. How could a patient or their family take smoking cessation education seriously from me if I smelled like smoke? For me it was an ethical line in the sand I would not cross.

    In addition to that, my classmates and faculty had a very nasty attitude toward the 'known' smokers that absolutely terrified me they would discover my secret. Smoker or non-smoker, nobody should be as judgmental and cruel about a personal decision as they were toward smokers, period. It accomplishes nothing positive - but I digress.

    The day after graduation I quit smoking. I recognized that my life was in a place of new beginnings and I wanted to start on the right foot. Washing the shame/angst/anxiety/effort/expense/time of my closet smoking has been a tremendous relief and after that first few days, I haven't looked back!! I thought I would have a hard time finding a replacement for the stress management I thought smoking gave me - but now I realize that smoking caused at least as much stress as it relieved!!

    I fully understand quitting isn't as easy for everyone, but you never know what you are capable of until you try!