Do You take your patients out for smoke breaks? - page 3

We do, but I don't agree with it.... Read More

  1. by   bethin
    No, never! I'm not sitting outside where I can catch some second hand smoke, go back in and take care of pts smelling like smoke.

    Our hospital is going to be smoke free so that'll take care of any problems.

    Had a fresh post op appy who insisted that she go out and smoke. Told her after all that morphine that it wouldn't be safe. Her and her husband went outside anyway. This woman was 2 hours post op!!!! That's addiction.
  2. by   froghair
    never, i work night duty and the place is locked down so every door alarms when a door is left unlocked. the pager going off drives me crazy so they soon learnt that when im on there not going out untill lockdown finishes at 0600. when i worked in ED it was definate no
  3. by   doularoz
    Never in a million years!
  4. by   Vagon
    Well, once i'm in the hospital I personally won't. But will I have a problem with another nurse doing it? Not at all. I understand most peoples veiw of anti-smoking, but when patients have been through so much they sometimes need to take a smoke and calm their nerves and so on. My whole family smokes, me being the exception, and I know it isnt easy for any of them to just stop at any givin time.
  5. by   gonzo1
    I used to go out with patients but was never comfortable doing it. Had a hard time deciding where the line was for conversation etc. Don't like compromising the nurse/patient relationship and standing outside smoking together makes those lines very shakey. So now I don't do it. I also worry about the liability of the whole issue. I like the idea of them having to sign AMA papers or wavers before they go. In the future I will chart that they went out. I hadn't been doing that before. It makes sense though because from what I've seen the patients who are really sick and worried about their recovery do abstain from smoking while they are in the ER with us.
  6. by   April, RN
    When I worked as a CNA in a nursing home, the nurses would hunt us down to take residents out for a cigarette. I'm a non-smoker, but at first I would agree to it... mostly because I was afraid to speak up and say "no". However, saying "no" became much easier when they decided that we had to actually HOLD the cigarette for the resident because there were incidents with residents dropping cigarettes on themselves!
  7. by   Dianne6
    I haven't but some of the smoking RN's and CNA's will if they have signed a "smoking release"
  8. by   NICU_3_RN
    when i was an ER nurse I REFUSED to take patients out for smoke breaks. if you're sick enough to be in the hospital, there's no reason for you to smoke (not that I think anyone should smoke anyway).

    People smoking anywhere near the front entrance to the hospital is one of my biggest pet peeves. Babies and healing people are discharged through those doors and should not be subjected to your second hand smoke.

    When i discharge a baby from the hospital , i go out first, and give smokers the option: put out your cigarette or move.
  9. by   country mom
    Nicotine addiction is very strong- are patients at your hospitals routinely offered nicotine patches during their admission? At our place, some have orders and some don't. But I like to be able to at least offer it as an option. It at least takes helps with the nicotine cravings for some people. I personally will not take a patient out to smoke and I think it's wrong for any place to expect staff to do so. When I first started here, the nurse manager told me I had to take a patient out to smoke. I went and got a TB mask to wear when we went outside- she changed her mind.
  10. by   nursedawn67
    At the nursing home I work at we do have smoking times for the residents. They are taken outside to a gazebo, with a staff member every 2 hours from 7:30am to 7:30pm. I've noted with some residents, this is their only enjoyment they get and I feel they should be able to. Now don't get me wrong we do try to engage everyone in other activities, but sometimes you just can't persuade them. As far as those that can't hold them...then they just aren't smoking, and for those people that occasionally drop them...they have special smoking aprons to prevent injury to them.
  11. by   PANurseRN1
    Nope, and if they get mad, too bad so sad. I didn't sign up to breathe toxins when I became a nurse. The time I spend taking a pt. out to smoke could be spent on someone who is truly ill.
  12. by   nrsang97
    I don't take my patients to smoke. Also I am not allowed at my facility to tell a patient they aren't allowed to leave to smoke. I tell them that it is hospital policy that they aren't allowed to leave to smoke and that I am not responsible if they hurt themselves outside. I make the patient tell me that they are going off the unit and tell them they cannot go within 1 hour of receiving pain meds. So this a sticky situation for most nurses. I find most patients usually will go even if I say they can't so having them be honest with me is better.

  13. by   DutchgirlRN
    If the patient has a doctors order to go out and smoke then they can go out by themselves. Sometimes nurses or techs who smoke will go out with them. I don't, I don't have time and I don't want to be subjected to second-hand smoke. Believe it or not: I once had a pt return from OR with a total hip, PCA Morphine.....she asked me to take her outside on her bed so that she could smoke!!! To top it off she said she was a RN who works full-time on med/surg. Very hard to believe!