wearing perfume to work - page 18
thought this would be interesting. what's your policy? i wear a light body splash if any.... Read More
Feb 27, '06As someone who gets migraines from almost any perfume, or cologne in the known world, please don't wear it to work. Thanks
Feb 27, '06I've been having a heck of a time getting a good quality, effective unscented deodorant (the "naturals" just don't seem to do it for me after 8 hours of scooting around). The extra strength product I used to get seems to have discontinued its unscented in favor of nebulous scents such as "shower clean" or "fresh oxygen" (huh?). The last time I purchased an unscented deodorant I read the label more carefully after I got it home and it listed a "masking fragrance" as one of the ingredients!!
I also can't find an unscented shampoo or conditioner, so even without intentionally using a cologne or perfume I leave the house weraring 2-3 disparate scents just from showering and washing my hair!
Feb 27, '06The hospital I work at states that perfumes/colognes are not allowed, but the NM and a couple of the ANMs and a few RNs wear scents anyway. The good news is that you can smell them before they come around!!
I myself wear a very light scent from time to time, but with bathing and use of an antiperspirant/deodorant, plus all the scents mixed in with shampoo and conditioner and bath soaps and lotions, why bother? I am a perfume junkie (and proud of it!) but I am very careful to abide by policy when it affects patient care.
Feb 28, '06i wear either a spritz of bath & body spray (one spray, not half the bottle like some of my co-workers) or one spray of mary kay body spray (their 'harmony' scent smells soooo good). i have bad allergies and also get migraines, and doing this has worked well for me. working in a children's dept (esp. during roto season!!!), it's always nice to be able to smell something pleasant. but i agree that it should be subtle-smelling the person before you see them isn't good!!!
we're also not allowed to have fake nails, and our real nails are supposed to be 1/4" or less (i keep mine trimmed, but come on-is mgmt really going to walk around with a ruler???). jewelry/makeup/hairstyles are to be kept "simple, neat, and modern" (yes, in our p/p it says modern). i just wear small earrings, one ring (that can't be caught on anything), my cross necklace, and my watch.
Feb 28, '06I am new to this site and I just spent a whole lot of time reading this entire thread. It went on for a while but I am glad to see everyones point of views. I am a pre nursing student who truly loves to wear my scented lotions. I have often thought about what will hapen when I am working. It will be a hard habit for me to break but I think I am better off going without the scents.
Feb 28, '06at the hospital I work at there is a "no scents" policy. There are several RTs, PTs, unit secretaries, nurses, doc that ignore this policy. I work peds and have seen these kiddos start wheezing from the RT wearing "scents", I can smell them also, but I'm very sensitive to smells anyway. If someone can smell themselves, shouldn't that give them a clue?
Like an earlier poster said, leave the scents for home and dates. Keep it out of the workplace
Feb 28, '06I have read this entire thread before commenting, and there are a few things I would like to comment on.
Jerico wrote: [EVERYONE likes to feel special...but to cry wolf? Overstate conditions? That is for what I have the short cord of tolerance. ]
I worked in a LTC as a CNA, and I have heard a resident who was a call belll jockey being told the story about the boy who cried wolf. A couple months later I was in her room getting her roommate in bed because she was agitated, and the nurse had me take her to bed. The bed had a removable siderail, and it happened to be out of my reach, so I hit the call bell for help, because the agitated lady was trying to climb out of bed, and since she couldn't stand or walk, she might have fell and broke a hip. No one answered beacuse they thought it was the other woman playing with her call bell. I've heard that the moral of the boy who cried wolf story is not to tell falsehoods because eventually people won't believe you. I think there should be another moral to the story------Sometimes.....the wolf shows up.
There are people who are truly sensitive to various things, and there are people who say that because they don't like something. I don't think someone should be not believed because of the few who claim they're sensitive when they don't like something.
In the LTC, the workers weren't wearing perfumes, and the residents could wear all they wanted. I have mild asthma, and every time I gave this one lady a shower, afterword she would use this nice really scrumptious beautiful smelling lotion that would start me to wheezing a little. I loved the smell, though, and I wasn't going to tell her not to use it, since I wasn't having too bad of problem with it. I didn't wear any perfumes myself, though. I can see where they would cause problems.
As far as long fingernails are concerned, I have read that they can harbor various germs, and if they're long enough, can poke through a glove during the procedure and let the body fluids in and on your hands, and they can scratch a pt. accidently.
Feb 28, '06Quote from SmilingBluEyesYup...that's what I use and have used it for years (and years....)Mitchum deodorant rocks. And they do make unscented.
Mar 21, '06Wow, I'm super late in responding to this, but I just wanted to say that I hope things are going better now. No hard feelings!
May 10, '06i am desperate for written policies on this subject ,supporting a scent free envirionment. any one have any info they are willing to share?
Jun 21, '06I personally find perfume offensive when I have to stand beside it during report. As a Pt. I also found it offensive. Anything heavily scented gives me migraines.
We currently have no official policy about perfume.
While on the subject of scents: The odor of cigarette smoke on my co-workers is very offensive also. I have had Pts. make comments to me about how they know that their nurse smokes.