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  1. Visit  Amber628} profile page
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    and BTW, I work as a PCT in the hospital, I get only TWO BREAKS in my 8 hr shift, a 15 minute and an 30 min lunch, I NEVER take more breaks than that ESPECIALLY
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  3. Visit  Amber628} profile page
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    and BTW, I work as a PCT in the hospital, I get only TWO BREAKS in my 8 hr shift, a 15 minute and an 30 min lunch, I NEVER take more breaks than that ESPECIALLY to go smoke. My PTS come first, and I wear a PPE gown to go outside and smoke and shoe covers so I dont drag it back in with me
  4. Visit  BuckyBadgerRN} profile page
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    Ugh, I hear you. We have a new LPN on the home health case I work on, she follows me so I give report to her. She reeks of smoke SO badly it literally makes my eyes water. I'm sorry, but if I were the parent no way would I let this nurse work with my child who is ventilator dependant. Heck, no way would I let a smoking nurse work with my child in MY home no matter what his/her needs might be.

    Quote from KelRN215
    I would like to add something to this topic, even though it's been dead for a few weeks. I work as a Case Manager in a branch office for a growing home care agency. Nurses frequently come in to interview for private duty positions. I am not involved in these interviews because another nurse oversees those cases. Today, a nurse came in to interview and I could smell her cigarette stench from the other side of the office. The whole office smelled when she left and we had to open the windows to get the smell out. Our HR girls would not even consider her because of this and the nursing director will never see her resume or hear her name. So yes, smoking can and does prevent nurses from getting jobs.
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  5. Visit  KelRN215} profile page
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    Quote from Amber628
    Some replys on here are really out of hand! Everyone has their vice, weather is smoking, drinking, eating unhealthy foods, tanning, ect. To say that a person can or cannot smoke while they are not at work is ridiculous. I dont understand why no one sees a problem with this. If this is allowed then they will move on to other things as well. I am a smoker and I agree with smoke free facilities and also higher premiums. So essentially I am paying for my habit. Although, what I do outside of work does not concern my employer! and to the posters who said even smoke particles from someones house carry and can exacerbate asthma symptoms, seriously? What about all of us city nurses who walk/ride public transportation to work, the dust the grime ect. Seriously Its NOT just smokers. What about the cat/dog lover who brings in the pet dander ect. Its not smokers ITS EVERYONE, unless u live in some microbe-free bubble I do not know about...
    No one's saying that you can't smoke... just that, if you choose to, you might have a harder time getting a job.

    The Cleveland Clinic- frequently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country- has widely publicized that they won't hire smokers:
    Why we won't hire smokers " USATODAY.com

    The question of the OP was "can smoking cigarettes prevent you from getting a job?" It can and it does it many cases. I gave an example a few posts ago. Someone comes into our office reeking of cigarette smoke and their resume goes in the trash the second they leave.
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  6. Visit  CapeCodMermaid} profile page
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    It's not just hospitals and health care facilities. My friend's husband has to have a yearly physical to get the company health insurance. They swab his mouth to test for nicotine and if it's found, his insurance premiums are higher.
  7. Visit  tinky6233} profile page
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    I quit smoking almost 2yrs ago(1yr, 9 months). I never thought I smelled like cigs, I would take a shower, put clean clothes on and go out....example, i would go to my son's house(non-smokers)to see my grand-daughter and would be told,"uck, you smell like cigs" and I would say, "i didn't even have a cig" etc...thought they were being picky....me thinking, "ofcourse I would never smoke in front of a child"...well, now that i quit, I can tell you I can smell a smoker right away and they do stink! As for at work, when i smoked, I would get mad when a non-smoker would say something like, "they are always on a cig break" etc....I'd think, it's their problem if they don't take their breaks,,,,,and some people just don't take them, but that's their choice...Now, I find myself saying, "they're outside again???" it does seem most do take more cig breaks than they should. As a nonsmoker, i find that I now have extra time to finish charting, and/or to help out somebody who needs extra help...
    In spite of all of this, I find it wrong to not hire a smoker...it is not against the law(yet). Employers should not be able to discriminate against smokers....Where i work, a privately owned 155 bed longterm/rehab facility, we are a non-smoking facility, but they do hire smokers...??? confusing since, new patients have to sign a waiver saying that they can't smoke while here. they do offer nicotine patches though...
  8. Visit  BlueDevil,DNP} profile page
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    Yes, I agree. Most of you probably just didn't realize that you didn't get the job because you smelled of cigarette smoke. The response, if you ask, is going to be: "We decided to go in a different direction." "We found someone with more specific experience, better tailored to our present needs." "Don't worry, we will keep your resume on file."
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  9. Visit  elkpark} profile page
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    Quote from tinky6233
    In spite of all of this, I find it wrong to not hire a smoker...it is not against the law(yet). Employers should not be able to discriminate against smokers...
    Why is it "wrong"? There are any number of issues/personal qualities, etc., that may be legal but an employer may find undesirable (tattoos, piercings, inappropriate attire worn to the interview, etc., etc., etc.). As long as the employer is not violating state or Federal employment or EEOC law, the employer is free to set whatever employment standards it chooses (just as it is the right of smokers to choose to smoke).
  10. Visit  RNsRWe} profile page
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    Years ago, an agency that handles respite workers for special needs children/adults once sent a new caregiver to my home. Before her first visit, a received information about her, and spoke at length to her supervisor, who assured me that this person was perfect to take care of my preschooler for a few hours a day, once a week.

    Except what she didn't tell me was that the woman would arrive in a cloud of smoke. I opened the front door and the FIRST thing I noticed was the cigarette odor; I was taken aback but didn't want to be rude so I invited her in. I had her stay about fifteen minutes when I worked up the courage to tell her there was a problem (I was once not so outspoken as I am now, believe it or not!).

    I told her that her resume was fine, but the scent of cigarettes triggered a reaction in me that causes my throat to close up, cough, etc. Not life-threatening but still uncomfortable, and I didn't want it around my child, I didn't want to find out what effect it might have on him.

    She understood, and assured me if given another chance, she would arrive without any possible hint of cigarettes on her. She swore it was just because she had smoked on the way over. She never smoked in her own home, and so on.

    Ok. So second chance comes the following week. I opened the door, let her in...and there it was. In her hair, on her clothes. She insisted she hadn't smoked since before getting dressed, not even in her house, but---there it was. In her hair, on her clothes.....and I didn't want it near me or my child, so.....she was out of a job.

    Could I discriminate against her based on the fact she smoked outside of work? You betcha: she smelled badly and was a potential health risk to my family. End of employment.
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