Nurses and smoking - page 5

Do you think it is ok if a nurse or a doctor smokes? Because i know when i go to the doctors office with my boyfriend and he tells him that he smokes that he gos on and on of how he shouldnt be... Read More

  1. by   PMHNP10
    Originally posted by itsme
    By the way I am a recent non-smoker.
    I just woke up, so I'm not completely oriented, but I got tickled because I just read your post saying what I interpret to mean you just started smoking and then in the next post you got congratulated for smoking, then you thanked that person for giving you props. So perhaps I should congratulate you on picking up the habit too? Congrats...hope it all goes in ok.
  2. by   TitaniaSidhe
    Originally posted by LPN2Be2004

    A smoker's second hand smoke affects ME. WHen i drink a glass of wine, the other person in the room isn't tasting what i am drinking unless they themselves are having a glass with me.
    You completely missed my point. My point was we all use something be it a substance; nicotine, caffine, sugar, alcohol or we all use a behavior; control, anger, sex, gambeling, reading, vidio games, chatting online, eating, shopping to cope with life. Some of us use these things more than others, some of us use them to an excess & some of us use them in a healthy manner. In all honesty if we look at ourselves we can all find something we use to cope.

    Originally posted by TitaniaSidhe
    I do however feel that we do not have the right to impose our personal choice on others, most especially our children.
    Now then I do believe or thought I had been clear in this particular part of my statement. You would never breathe my second hand smoke as I never smoke around someone without first asking if they are bothered by my smoking. If they reply yes I refrain or I go elsewhere so as not to be disrespectful. I do not smoke in my home b/c I feel that just b/c I smoke does not give me the right to impose my choice on my children. I smoke outside. I will smoke in a resturant if there is a smoking section. I might suggest that if this bothers a non-smoker that much then perhaps they should choose a resturant that is completely non-smoking. There are more & more of them avaliable by the day. If I am already standing outside in the open air then please tell me how exactly you would be breathing my second hand smoke, I mean short of standing right next to me or being in a crowded area. BTW in a crowd I will not light up either as I realize this would perhaps not agree with others in close proximity. I wait until I am in the clear area then step aside & enjoy my cigarette. People go on & on about the health hazards of smoking, the expense & such. Yes there are health hazards with smoking but are there also not a great many health hazards from another legal drug named alcohol? Physical health issues, rehab costs, court costs, prison costs, not to mention the cost of increased ins. premiums b/c of DUI accidents & such related issues. People killed b/c of DUI drivers. Damn I could go on & on with that one. Yes I did compare alcohol & nicotine as they are both addicting substances. If you have your glass of wine with your dinner why can't I step outside & have my cigarette after dinner?
  3. by   MissMonica
    how can any of us judge? we give patients lots of advice, suggestions, and m.d. orders to follow, but how many of those exact directions do you follow yourself? why is smoking any different? nurses are regular people too. we eat too much, we are very overweight, we drink too much, party too hard, and are promiscuous....etc..etc..etc...i pray none of you think you are above others for this one habit.
  4. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    I dont really care if someone else smokes - it IS their body after all, but I prefer not to, and never have...

    The only thing that really bugs me is when I have to walk through a throng of smokers into a building and breathe their smoke...

    That drives me nuts - especially when there are signs posted and the cigarette bin isnt anywhere near where they are standing - it is 20 feet away from the door where they should be...
  5. by   vedm
    I too am a nurse that smokes, but I am not even allowed the luxury of doing this during my lunchbreak because it is against the hospital policy. This is fine, I go all day without a ciggerette.
    But on Christmas eve, it was a pure day from ----. I was taking a patient out in a wheelchair. Before I took the patient down, I went to my locker, put a ciggerette and my lighter in my pocket. The patient got in the car - uneventful. I was in the lower parking garage. I hurried and stooped down between a couple of parked cars. I lit my ciggerette and took 3 puffs then stamped it out and hurried back into the building. As I got inside, out of no where, there was a security guard -- chasing me. He caught up with me and said:
    " you were taking quite a big risk out there". I didn't know what to say, so I just said "yes, I guess I was". I don't even know where he came from. like I said, I was stooped between a couple of cars and only took like 3 hits off my ciggerette. Anyway, he said very matter of factly "DON'T LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN".
    I am not proud of the fact that I smoke. I know it is hazardous to my health. but this is RIDICULOUS. What is this? Communism? I do not ever leave my floor to smoke. I do not make other people watch my patients to go smoke. I had a really bad day, and took three puffs and got chased like i WAS defecting my country or something. This is really OUT OF HAND.
    i quit. i have another job. i still want to quit smoking, but i don't need to be chased around like a common criminial. for crying out loud it was a ciggerette, not a joint or some other illegal drug.
  6. by   nursebedlam
    l've tryed to give up smoking so many times, always make it a few months then l bust, l really wish l didn't smoke.
  7. by   judy ann
    I quit smoking in 1992. I was up to >2 packs a day, and was nurse manager on my unit and could smoke in my office. I was ready to quit -- besides, my bronchitis told me to quit. It was easy.

    Now I must tell you how I did it. I was going to a week-long retreat where they wouldn't let us smoke. I figured I would have to find a really good hiding place. Then I decided this was the best time to quit, since they told us that we would be busy all the time. I had no idea that they meant 20 hours a day! At the end of this week, I got into my car, and habitually began to look for a cigarette. I had none--panic!--then I realized that I hadn't had one for a week, and was past the very hardest part of quiting. I made a promise to me that I wouldn't smoke again. I still have urges sometimes, but I fend them off, remembering how good it good it feel to say,"No smoking, please" Now that they are so expensive, I'm extra glad not to need that crutch.
  8. by   mittels
    Quote from Diahann Singh
    As health care professionals we are suppose to educate our pt. about the health risk associated with smoking;if we do it why should our pt's not do it, why should they listen to us. Are we immune from illness because we are health care professionals.
    "Practise what we preach."
    Excuse me, I have to disagree with this. In no way is any nurse perfect. Tell me, just because a nurse smokes does not mean he/she can not teach their pt's the health risk associated with smoking. This includes ETOH use. Those who drink even occ. are they also included in on your study? What about sex, pregnancy, missing work for a mental day, and boy can I go on. Think about it. Nurses are the teachers. You can teach your pt's anything. Even if you dont believe in it. But face it, it is what is best for the pt. It is what is required of a nurse. Do you eat ice cream, french fries, and meat? Do you then tell you cardiac and diabetic pts proper eating?
  9. by   delta32
    I smoke when i was a teen up 15-19 about a pack a day near my last year, I quit in less than a week cold turkey, its mind over matter. DETERMINATION !!!. and not to be nasty it is not my intention but the nurses that state they freshen up after their smoke breaks, it still stinks and yes we can smell you. as i said i don't mean this as an insult but its the truth and in all honestly if i was the patient much less your co worker i don't want to be near you smelling it.

    as i said this sounds nasty but its the truth.
  10. by   ejm99
    I smoke.

    I am not a nurse yet...but will be.

    I know that I would LOVE to quit. Cigarettes are a nasty disgusting habit.

    I have not made it 24 hours since I started smoking when I was 20 (13yrs ago).

    I smoked thru the pregnancy of all 3 of my kids. yes I cut WAY WAY back..but no's pathetic that I risked my kids health like that.

    i"ve tried cold turkey...makes me crazy.
    tried zyban....which I think would have worked for me had I followed my instincts and quit on day 4 instead of waiting til the 2nd week like my dr insisted.... so that didn't work at all.
    tried patches
    tried gum..

    I truly wish I had never started.
    I don't overeat, drink or have any other 'habits'...
    I don't even buy lottery tickets, or over shop....
    this is my ONE vice.
    and I want to quit.

    I truly wish that there were an easier way to quit smoking.
    Someone told me recently that quitting smoking cigarettes is worse thatn crack!
    and it's LEGAL!

    well no point passing the buck...I chose to smoke so it's my own fault that I"m now addicted.

    but i'm always on the watch for new methods to break my addiction.
  11. by   EastCoast
    i was a smoker.

    it's very hard to quit. i remember thinking it would be easier to quit if i was in a coma in some hospital.

    you have to really be committed to quitting.

    the only thing i have to say that a smoker should think about (besides the obvious health risks) is that you smell awful....something fierce. you can't smell it. everyone else can. i am actually embarassed that my kids probably spent the first 11 years of their lives smelling like a stale butt.
  12. by   brizi
    Quote from JennLVN
    Unfortunately, I smoke too but I call myself a closet smoker because I'm so ashamed to be a nurse (LVN) who smokes. It just feels like I'm a total hypocrite. I agree about the smoke breaks though. There's no excuse to leave a busy floor just to puff on a cancer stick. I never have time to anyways and even if I did there's always charting to do. I have a little trick I do before I come on the floor after a cigarette. I spray myself with a little Febreeze I keep in my purse and pop a breath mint. Febreeze is great because it's strong enough to mask the nasty smoke smell but light enough that it won't be obvious or offensive or allergy inducing to patients and staff. Wow, I sound like a commercial. Anyways, yes I'm a hypocrite and yes I've tried to quit but as long as it doesn't interfere with my job performance and my patients don't know it, then it's my business. Okay, nuff said.
    great idea, jenn!! i am in the same boat with you. i am lucky if i get time for 1 smoke during the entire shift, and i am the supervisor. it is all a matter of perspective. but many, many thanks for the febreeze idea.
  13. by   brizi
    this thread gives me a perfect opportunity to use two of my favorite quotes by two of my favorite americans. first, abraham lincoln: "prohibition goes beyond reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite through legislation. a prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principals this country was founded upon". and mark twain: "now what i contend is that my body is my own. if i do harm through my experimenting with it, it is i who suffers, not the state".