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Profanity in the workplace

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Emergent has 25 years experience and works as a Emergency Room RN.

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humerusRN has 7 years experience.

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I am proud to say I have brought out the "inner-sailor" in my co-workers and we are all the better for it.

Sometimes, cursing is the only appropriate response.

Like when DSS sends the baby back home with it's abusive parents.

&*$^#

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Retired/Disabled Nurse and Blogger.

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I can say that I never dropped an F-bomb in front of a patient, but sometimes when I was alone in the med room I turned the air blue with profanity. The feelings had to go SOMEPLACE, and it was better than cutting loose where patients could hear me. The word I use most is the S-word...it's very utilitarian as it works in almost any stressful situation, and it's not as foul as some others. I don't really mind the F-bomb and am not outraged when someone uses it, and I've been known to let one fly every now and again when no other word will do. But never at work, and never in front of people I know don't like it.

There is one word I despise, and that's the vulgar term for a lady's private parts. It's the only swear word I've never uttered and never will, it's that offensive to me. It doesn't even have to be directed at me...I'm insulted on behalf of women everywhere. But other than that, swearing in a healthcare setting doesn't bother me as long as it's not within earshot of patients.

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thoughtful21 has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Maybe "too much" has to do with the effect it is having on the people around you. Are you scaring, intimidating or upsetting anyone? That'd be a red flag.

Some of our domestic violence patients have a problem with certain words - words they've heard in bad situations that trigger horrible memories or feelings.

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Twinmom06 works as a RN.

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I use the F word like a comma - not in front of patients of course...

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JBMmom has 6 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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I'm not a big swearer myself, and I actually spoke with another coworker recently about their language because staff had concerns that the constant F-bombing in a very open unit where patients and family are usually within earshot of the nursing station, sounded very unprofessional.

That's being said, when I looked at the monitors and saw my first 3am V-tach arrest, one coworker did hear me drop an F bomb and I didn't even realize it.

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audreysmagic has 15 years experience as a RN.

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I don't swear around patients, and I REALLY try not to around co-workers, unless it's someone I know well. (Outside of work, I swear like a sailor, but that's another story.) But in stressful situations (which we have been having a lot of lately), it sometimes slips. Usually I mutter under my breath. I was an EMT-B while I was in nursing school, so I spent enough time around EMS/Fire folks that if I'd been inclined to be bothered by swearing, I'd have gotten over it. It doesn't bother me personally, unless someone's cursing around patients. (Professionalism and all, even if the patients are cursing.)

However, the co-workers who know me well now know what I'm REALLY thinking when I say, "It's time to sing the 'I Love My Job' song..." (Taught to me by an EMS Captain, many moons ago...)

"I love my job, I drive a truck, I do not really give a...darn."

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audreysmagic has 15 years experience as a RN.

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To directly answer OP's question, "too much" is probably when they're inserting the f-bomb into the middle of words or average more than 1 per sentence... ;)

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I started crocheting little stuffed bombs with bright red F stitched into them. We let them fly in the er all the time. I wish I could figure out how to upload a pic for y'all to see.

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Medic_Murse has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN, EMT-P.

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If cussing and foul language offend you, don't come to my unit, we'll make your ears bleed. As if Quitin Tarantino made a film about Nurses.

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kbrn2002 has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and works as a RN Supervisor.

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Depends. Are said F bombs being dropped by patients or staff?

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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What in the **** happened to Emergent?

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