Nurses who smoke - page 3

i would like to know anyone's opinion on nurses who smoke. i know someone who works in an outpatient cancer center, and on her breaks she smokes outside while patients are going in and out of the... Read More

  1. by   gypsyatheart
    Very well said. I know the OP was just asking a question, getting opinions, but really, nurses are humans, just like everyone else. We all have our vices, we are not "saints" called into service and expected to be martyrs for our jobs!
    PS: I am an ex-smoker...smoked for about 5yrs, no-smoker now x6yrs.


    Quote from jkaee
    .... Therefore, what business is it of yours if I smoke? We already had a thread about overweight nurses and the "example" they set.....we all have to realize that we are not perfect, we are not robots, we are human, and we all have flaws or issues that may not make us the "perfect example". I don't think that was a pre-requisite to get into nursing school.IMHO
  2. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Fivestar22
    I only spelled opinion wrong, and I put "no" instead of "know" . SORRY!!! I was only asking about your opinion........no need to be rude.
    The point is if we judge nurse's professionalism by the habits (smoking), then why would we not judge them by how they portray themselves in print.

    And why do you consider it rude? Would you rather go to court one day and see a blow up of your Charting in evidence with incorrect spellings and grammar? That would be embarassing beyond belief, but it frequently happens to nurses, and makes them look really unprofessional.
  3. by   jnette
    Quote from Kingbandit
    I am a new garad and am disgusted by any nurse who will sit and preach to a poor patient who is not aloud to go out and smoke while their close reak of the odor. I as a nurse and patient find the stench to be disgusting and repulsive these patients are nauseous enough without our help. If you must smoke shower afterwards. Try patches at work or the gum. Just don't bring that stentch into or around the hospitals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !
    :uhoh21: :stone
    Last edit by jnette on Apr 25, '04
  4. by   Vsummer1
    I smoke. I am a student, so it would be inappropriate for me to take extra breaks. In fact, I smoke at the beginning of my lunch break and go to the washroom and wash my hands before I even go back up on the unit. Do I still smell of cigarettes? Probably, but at least I try.

    I wish I didn't smoke, but am weak and addicted so my attempts to quit thus far have been unsuccessful.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from caroladybelle
    The point is if we judge nurse's professionalism by the habits (smoking), then why would we not judge them by how they portray themselves in print.

    And why do you consider it rude? Would you rather go to court one day and see a blow up of your Charting in evidence with incorrect spellings and grammar? That would be embarassing beyond belief, but it frequently happens to nurses, and makes them look really unprofessional.
    Very good points.

    PS to smokers- carry a small spray bottle of Febreze around with you, and Eclipse gum. Use these in addition to a thorough hand-washing after smoking. They work wonders!
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Apr 25, '04
  6. by   MaryPush
    [QUOTE=Kingbandit]I am a new garad and am disgusted by any nurse who will sit and preach to a poor patient

    Oh, you must be talking about those "Reverend Nurses" :wink2:
    None of the regular nurses I work with are preachers, just care givers and educators.

    Mary
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I don't care if you smoke or drink or like perfume. If you are an adult, you have the right to do all these. But I think all of these are totally inappropriate at the hospital ....


    Please, if you care about anyone else around you, do your smoking--- (and wear your perfume)--- at home where the residues won't bother your patients and coworkers Oh, and forget the Febreeze and gum; they make it worse, really. You can't hide the stink that easily and the perfumy Febreeze may cause an allergic or asthmatic response in sensitive people. The residues of smoke/nicotine make some of us SICK. Do us a favor and leave it at home. Especially your patients who cannot get away from the stench of smoke or perfume so easily as I can.
  8. by   BadBird
    Smokers stink. You can smell it on them a mile a way and for patients with breathing problems it is horrible. Smokers abuse breaks and nonsmokers get stuck covering, I know many will disagree but it is a fact. If you want to smoke it is your right but I am glad that many hospitals are going smoke free. It is horrible to have to hold your breath to get in and out of building so you don't breath that in.
  9. by   moia
    wow the hostility is incredible in this thread. From the guard dog attack behaviour over spelling and the blistering hatred of smokers it makes me wonder what kind of nurse you can be when you are so viciously judgemental....Is this how you talk to your patients?
    It is none of the nurses business..drop the holier than thou attitude and stop judging... a nursing license doesn't mean you are the better most wonderful person...it means you finished a college program.

    If you have an issue with a smoking collegue stop whining and complaining about how terribly hard done by you are...say no you wont cover the patients for a smoke break if the coworker asks during a non break time and get over yourself.
    This constant complaining about situations you have complete control over is ridiculous...just say no
    If the coworker wants to go for a smoke during their break it's none of your business...just do your job and cover the patients...if the smoker abuses the breaks tell them and tell the manager.

    I can tell you that I say god bless all smokers without them I wouldn't have a job.
  10. by   Energizer Bunny
    Very Good post Moia!
  11. by   HealinghandsRN
    Quote from sharonrn94
    It does not matter how a person spends thier 15 minute break. Anyone can leave the floor so to say, you do not get to leave is not true, you choose to stay on your floor and use the excuse that "smokers get to leave" I have many times watched other nurses patients so they could get off the floor and go shopping in the gift shop, oh and by the way most stay much longer then 15 minutes! Smoking is bad for everyone, but I feel it might be time that nonsmokers stop using it as an excuse.
    [font=Georgia]I happen to agree with you, sharonrn94, although I am a smoker and do ask to cover my patients I do this when all my priorities are taken care of and certainly do not mind if someone askes me to watch their patients....it is there business why they want to leave the unit. Working as a team sure does make life easier. As far as smoking and being a nurse......everyone is human and has their ways of handling stress......For most people smoking is not an "option" it is an addiction and a Nurse should definetly understand that. At the same token I certainly am not going to smoke in front of my patients because of the encouragement I would like to give my patients with smoking cessation. I do not want to cause any temptation for them although, if patient was to ask me if I do smoke, I would certainly answer honestly.
    Last edit by HealinghandsRN on Apr 29, '04
  12. by   Krissy NY
    I can tell you that at the facility I last worked as soon as the 3-11 shift started (that's when you are allowed to smoke out front...otherwise during the day they must go to the back smoking area) there is a steady group of LPN's and RN's out there puffing away. Personally, I despise smoking. I think in some ways it is how people bond. I know, because I am not a smoker, I do not get invited "out for a smoke". I am the only one on my unit who does not smoke...so I am left out of a lot of small talk and gossiping and commadary.

    I have tried to join them "to get fresh air"...but the air ain't so fresh when you are surrounded by cigerette smoke...and the headaches weren't worth it

    I think there was an episode of "Friends" where Jennifer Aniston works for Calvin Klein and she takes up smoking so she could get in with her boss so she can attend a business trip..she ends up coughing and gagging and another co-worker who was really a smoker gets the trip with the boss due to all the bonding and chatting they had been doing on their smoke breaks

    Maybe this is a crazy spin on the topic...leave it to me to come up with it
  13. by   HealinghandsRN
    Quote from Krissy NY
    I can tell you that at the facility I last worked as soon as the 3-11 shift started (that's when you are allowed to smoke out front...otherwise during the day they must go to the back smoking area) there is a steady group of LPN's and RN's out there puffing away. Personally, I despise smoking. I think in some ways it is how people bond. I know, because I am not a smoker, I do not get invited "out for a smoke". I am the only one on my unit who does not smoke...so I am left out of a lot of small talk and gossiping and commadary.

    I have tried to join them "to get fresh air"...but the air ain't so fresh when you are surrounded by cigerette smoke...and the headaches weren't worth it

    I think there was an episode of "Friends" where Jennifer Aniston works for Calvin Klein and she takes up smoking so she could get in with her boss so she can attend a business trip..she ends up coughing and gagging and another co-worker who was really a smoker gets the trip with the boss due to all the bonding and chatting they had been doing on their smoke breaks

    Maybe this is a crazy spin on the topic...leave it to me to come up with it
    Well consider yourself lucky for two reasons....u Don't smoke and u don't get to hear all the negative talk!

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