Nurse with potty mouth. - page 5

We have an excellent nurse but she curses like a sailor. Anyone else work with a foul-mouthed nurse?... Read More

  1. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from nurse_mo1986
    Seriously? you mean ppl actually sit around and notice the occasional word that comes out?

    I work in a busy ICU, and yeah, there are a lot of moments where cursing fits the bill. sometimes nothing says it like "well f*#@" when you're looking at that monitor.
    i won't even comment on the various problems with our professional image, but can't help wonder what your pt thinks when they hear you.
    i'm certain it can't be comforting.

  2. by   dudette10
    I'm a swearer, and one of my goals when I entered nursing school was to eliminate it from my vocabulary (which is quite extensive, btw, so this idea that swearing is a sign of reduced intelligence is nonsense). My very first lab, I let slip an "Oh s**t!", and my lab instructor looked at me with a smirk and said, "No swearing."

    I have 15 more months to accomplish my goal! Maybe then, if I work in an environment of swearers, I will be able to resist the temptation.
  3. by   txspadequeenRN
    i cuss like a sailor....dirtiest mouth around..but would never do it in the work place. my patients are expecting a professional nurse not the sailor that i can be after i clock out....
  4. by   samswim4
    Quote from nurse_mo1986
    Seriously? you mean ppl actually sit around and notice the occasional word that comes out
    It's hard not to notice an unprofessional "professional."
  5. by   rotteluvr31
    Quote from leslie :-D
    i used to have a "potty mouth", but got sick of selling myself short.

    Yes Yes and YES!!

    Thank you for saying that. It's exactly how I feel. I know all the words, I've said all the words. Not anymore.

    Actually, many of my co-workers do notice I don't swear, stop in their tracks if I do (recently at a party, not at work), and sometimes try not to when I'm around. I've never said I was offended, never asked them to stop. But they do notice.
  6. by   rotteluvr31
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    I know we have all said swear words - but that usually happens behind the door of the break room.


    Just out of curiosity... What about at your nurses station? That's where our tele monitors are, where the unit secretary sits, where EVERY one congregates. No doors, no walls. And not always a lot of inhibition with the conversation.
  7. by   nightengalegoddess
    Know this is an old thread but was specifically looking for how the average RN views cussing. There ARE therapeutic relationships that call for token cuss has been said, the drug/alcohol detoxer, the "elopepment risk" who feels that everyone is out to treat them like a criminal just because they want to go outside for a cigarette (which is banned on the campus anyway), certain patients who's vocabulary includes lots of cussing! I have truly found that some patients form a bond of trust more easily when you speak their language! Of course that doesn't mean cussing AT them...I personally think my work as a Med-Surg-Tele RN is SUPER stressful! And I didn't think it was a big deal to go into the med room or break room and use cuss words...yes...almost like I am holding a bunch of vomit in my mouth running to the john so I can throw it up in the proper receptecle......well....I was not SCREAMING the words....but whispering them....and manager found out and I was counseled. No swearing even in private areas i was told. I think this is ridiclulous because we should all be human adults understanding that we work in a stressfull environmet and as nurses ought to understand that we deal with stress in our own individual ways. Most people watch TV...right? How many cuss words are these lily white virginal nurses hearing on TV? But I do not/have not/will not cuss AT anyone. Of course there are so many RNs who love to point the finger at others so no one will notice how poor THEIR performance is. I am ongoing surprised at the lateral psychogical violence that exists in nursing. I think this is ridiculous but am saying "Rats" all the time now instead of the words which really reduce stress. Just so that everyone will feel comfortable. I wish I could get a Tourettes card too. There are so many more things to be concerned about that hearing a few cusses in the break room.
  8. by   eatmysoxRN
    Where is the set list of cuss words anyhow? I've never understood why one shouldn't use a word that's considered a curse word if it's true. Calling me the b word would probably hurt my feelings less than if you called me fat and lazy.
  9. by   whichone'spink
    I rarely cuss so when I do, people take notice. I've only done so after frustration with someone on the phone, AFTER I hung up. One instance, I had a family member give me a hard time because the nurse who discharged her loved one called in a prescription to the wrong pharmacy. There's nothing I could do at that point, and the charge nurse was busy with a patient going down the drain. I abruptly ended the conversation, and after hanging up, I just let out a big f---! I have NEVER cussed anyone out to their face. I'm starting a new job (in the ED no less, cuss words galore!), and I'm going to work on being squeaky clean, even when dealing with frustrating people (like in lab) or frustrating situations.

    I cuss more online, including in posts on allnurses, but I'm working on that too.
  10. by   uRNmyway
    Quote from samswim4
    Since when did it become O.K. for a "professional" nurse to curse in the work environment?! Why is this tolerated? There is no excuse for any staff member to curse in front of patients and family members. Clearly it shows that the person is incompetent in choosing their words wisely in a situation, which clearly says that they are not professionals. I have never seen a Doctor, lawyer, banker, etc. drop a F-bomb in front of their clients...just saying.

    Now behind closed doors...that's a different story.

    But in order for nursing to be viewed as a well regarded, capable, and competent profession, the attitudes, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of nurses are going to have to change dramatically.
    I definitely have seen MDs do this. Not only in front of patients, but AT patients.
  11. by   nursemike
    Some of my coworkers are devoutly religious. Well, for all I know, most of them may be, but a few are more public about it. As a general rule, I manage not to swear in front of them, or in front of patients and visitors. Since I am almost always able to do that, I figure I should almost always be able not to cuss in front of anyone. I do slip, once in awhile, and occasionally on purpose. Once, giving report, I mentioned: everyone keeps saying this patient can be inappropriate, at times, but I don't know what the (let's say heck) they're talking about.

    My internal censor fails me, occasionally. Lately, I've caught myself talking to angiocaths. "Come on, baby, slide right in there, just a little farther..." I'm not sure it helps, but it rarely seems to alarm the patient all that much.
  12. by   Hay Nars, RN
    Oops! That's me. Sorry!
  13. by   Art_Vandelay
    Quote from Born2BWild
    We have an excellent nurse but she curses like a sailor. Anyone else work with a foul-mouthed nurse?
    I'm am 100% guilty of a foul mouth, but I only use it with colleagues I have established as friends, and never with subordinates or superiors.