Smoking nurses - page 5

I am not a nurse yet, but my sister-in-law is and she smokes. I smoke as well and would like to quit before even starting my classes. I heard that "you can't be a nurse unless you smoke". I feel like... Read More

  1. by   Pretzlgl
    I agree with the heavy perfume thing - YUCK! I'd rather smell stale cigarette smoke than that...
  2. by   mattsmom81
    No argument from me...nurses have a right to smoke and take their smoke breaks. Agree we all have our little vices..none is perfect...I do things that aggravate others....many things....LOL.

    My smoking coworkers have their unique uses offering to take a particularly belligerant patient down for a smoke before he starts throwing equipment at the staff...LOL. :>

    Even our anti smoking policy can't head this off sometimes... unfortunately.
  3. by   mario_ragucci
    If a person puts a dash of perfume on their wrist, or a guy dabs aftershave. What I fin interesting is that I can tell the folks who apply perfume to their underarms, because the perfume and their BO mix and become airborne. Then the perfume takes second fiddle to THEIR smell. Time for everyone to play dumb :-)
  4. by   semstr
    Raibowskye, in what European country is that? Please, pretty please tell me! I'll stop smoking right away!
    As you can tell it is not in my 2 countries, not in any other EU country that I know of.
  5. by   bewbew
    i am a smoker......... :imbar

    it is the hardest thing to kick........

    when i was pregnant and breastfeeding my partner & i gave up......but as soon as i stopped feeding, and went back to school, out came the cigs.......

    i am constantly thinking about the negatives...........

    1. health issues
    2. setting examples (to my kids & pts)
    3. the price
    4. the smell
    5. we always have to sit outside and freeze to smoke (i won't smoke around the kids)
    6. etc
    7. etc
    8. etc
    9. etc
    10. etc

    on my last few clinical placments, i made a point of not taking cigarettes to work, so when i started my grad year, i wouldn't associate my breaks with smoking.

    i plan to give up january 28th........the day i start my graduation year......wish me luck!!!! :imbar
  6. by   sanakruz
    We are all well aware of the hazards of cigarette smoking.
    It's a terrible addiction and I do not recommend it.
    But it galls me that" no smoking" legislation is cropping up every where.
    To all who are quiitting, have quit and bewbew.
  7. by   boggle
    As I am typing this, my coat is in the washer, having the smoke smell rinsed out of it. It picked up the odor in just a few minutes of being in a smokey area tonight. What a bother!

    The odor does bother my allergies/breathing, as does perfume and those air fresheners everyone is spraying all over at work.

    The "neutral odor" policy is pretty well adhered to where I work (except for those air fresheners!!!) because of our many chemo patients. We are encouraged to watch out for coffee breath, strong deoderants and fabric softeners, etc. I have no problem just smelling clean.

    To me, whether you smoke or not is your business. We all make healthy and unhealthy behavior choices for a variety of reasons every day. What you do on your break does not make you a good or bad nurse. BUT if your stress buster has a negative impact on others, seek ways to minimize that impact please!

    (I am NOT giving up my coffee habit, just popping breath mints).
  8. by   Streamlined
    To Chrissy,

    Please stop smoking. Make it your number one priority right now this minute. You need all the oxygen the air will allow in order to concentrate and do well in your studies. You need the money that cigarettes are usurping to buy your textbooks, your uniforms, your brand new shiny stethescope. You need endurance to get yourself to the gym, on a walk,, to the pool, etc to help keep your body strong for your education and your livelihood. Last but not least, you need to lead by example, and that means you have to practice health-giving lifestyle choices. Cigarettes sap your strength, they cut a gash in your finances, they present a skewed image of you and they make you stink to high heaven. Don't blame stress;stress will never go away. Make yourself credible to yourself, your classmates and your patients by being as healthy as you can be. Don't hide behind the it's nobody's business line. A healthy person is good for the planet, a sickly one, especially a person who could have prevented her illness, is a leech to mother earth. Shape up, be responsible, good luck.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    <---streamlined. What a SPEECH...I am SPEECHless. (and that is a rarity).
  10. by   nurseT
    All I hear is a lot of crying and tit for tat. Non smokers don't get breaks because they plain old don't take em, and play the victim role. Smokers say " so you stink too" and " so you're fat". Many things cause lung cancer, not just smokeing. The old Polio vaccines given in the early 60s was made in the cell of a certain monkey that happened to contain a virus that caused lung ca in humans. Not new information. I've had many pts with lung ca that never smoked or second hand smoked. Had many pts who smoked many years and died of old age. There's alot more to it. The real issue here is about removing freedom. Think about that.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    One is always free to smoke or drink or do anything legal of that sort....but I don't think it should be done in a place that is so heavily involved in healing and health-promotion as a hospital. NO tit for tat's hell to be a patient who has to deal w/noxious smoke or perfume or cleaning solvent odor when sick. Just makes sense to me. No one is infriging on freedom at by asking folks not to smoke AT A HOSPITAL.
  12. by   nursemicke
    Millions of babies are killed by abortion. Millions are killed in the world by terrorist. Thousands are killed in this country by drunks. And in the news the past two weeks, how obesity has become an epidemic in this country and is killing people. It would seem so trivial to attack a co-worker for going outside to smoke.
  13. by   jude11142
    Originally posted by TrdNur
    I agree that it is setting a poor example for a nurse to smoke, but lots of other things also set a poor example such as obesity, now I'm not meaning to pick on obese nurses, but as some have mentioned earlier everyone has some type of failing or vice. I smoke and I'm not proud of it, but I try not to let it interfere with caring for the patient to the best of my addicted ability. One thing for sure is if I'm ever in a health crisis and the nurse that saves my life smells like cig smoke or is fat as mud I'm sure I won't mind at all how she smelled or how fat she was. I will only be thankful that she or he knew the right thing to do and did it. I'm sure some of you won't believe it but I have been named in more patient satisfaction surveys than any nurse at our facility (smelling like I do) lol.
    I am also a smoker and have to agree with you. If I am ever in a health crisis, I could care less is the nurse smelled like cigs or not. So much is said against smoking yet at my last two places of employment(hospital and nursing home)many couldn't wait to go for happy hour 2-3days/wk. No matter that many call out sick the next day, or most likely drink and drive and put innocent people at risk and unfortunately there have been cases of being under the influence of alcohol and working. What about those who come into work reeking of perfume??? YUK!! If we are banning smokers, then why not make health care facilities fragrance-free as well.
    I do understand and respect others when it comes to second-hand smoke and never smoke in areas not designated for smoking. Nor do I smoke if I am with others who do not smoke. But, I still believe that it is MY RIGHT to decide if I want to smoke or not. As for taking more breaks because I smoke??? Don't I wish. I have 2 coworkers who claim that and all I can say is that they spend too much time on the phone talking to boyfriends/children on work hrs, I have a smoke if and when I get a break and that's it. Plus, the fact that we have to go outside in the cold, it's usually for all of 5 minutes and not our allotted 15 min break. So, that theory that smokers take more breaks is not true in most cases.