nurses and potty mouths

  1. Is it me or does it seem like new nurses have bad potty mouths? I am in school with many people my age(19) and others in their 20's and it seems that they cuss and some don't seem like they want to do their job. I ran into two nurses at Subway one day and they did not know I was in school and I did not work that day so I didn't have a uniform on and the two were LPNS and they cussed and one told the other she was going to take her job. I think they worked at a Nursing Home nearby and one was talking about a pt using the restroom on herself and how she was not going to clean her up because it was nasty. I could not beleave what I was hearing.

    I don't think that it is only with nurses but with other professions as well. I have chatted with people who are in school for CRNA and future NP and ones in school working toward CNM and they to have the same bad mouth and attitude. I am not saying that everyone is this way but the new generation*and yes that includes me* seems to have this attitude.

    Just wondering how everyone feels on this. Thanks
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   kimmicoobug
    I have a biiiiggg potty mouth only reserved for those closest and dearest to my heart. Don't cuss in public, certainly not in clinicals. I have heard nurses curse in the hospital setting, but out of earshot of patients and families. This isn't necessarily coming from young nurses, either...since there really isn't a young population of nurses employed in the local hospitals. Honestly, I think it really just depends on the person. Just my opinion.
  4. by   yodakelly
    I personally have a full arsenal of four letter words. I find that sometimes nothing can have quite the impact of a good cuss word when you want to get out what you are trying to say. I hear some people say that only unintelligent people have to use cuss words. As an intelligent person that likes them, I disagree. Oh yeah, if i ever say them at work, it's in a quiet tone to a trusted coworker and never in patient earshot. That would be unprofessional.
  5. by   RNonsense
    I think the older generations can cuss pretty good too
  6. by   GAstudent
    I agree that the older nurses cuss also but not nothing like what I have heard younger nurses cuss. I have heard them also do it in front of pts and families..Iam not trying to say I dont cuss when the time is right and I am mad but also as you all have said when the time is right and not in front of pts and families.
  7. by   GAstudent
    I hear some people say that only unintelligent people have to use cuss words. As an intelligent person that likes them, I disagree. posted by yodakelly

    I agree. As a matter of fact my dogs doctor *Veterinarian* he cusses in front of us. He is a young guy. He is maybe 28-32 and he cusses like a sailor. He is himself in front of everyone. I guess it's just differences in people
  8. by   deespoohbear
    I try not to cuss and especially at work but once in awhile one or two will pop out. Usually in cases of extreme duress, such as looking at the tele monitor and seeing someone in Vtach. That will definitely get an "Oh Sh*t!" from me. I never cuss in front of a patient or their family and visitors.


    GAstudent said: As a matter of fact my dogs doctor *Veterinarian* he cusses in front of us. He is a young guy. He is maybe 28-32 and he cusses like a sailor. He is himself in front of everyone. This I would have a hard time accepting. I guess I feel the person can get their point across without every other would being offensive and especially someone I am paying for services. Just my opinion.

    I was on the receiving end of a paramedic tongue-lashing a couple of years ago. Some Medicare EMS transfer paper didn't get signed by the doc and the nurse told the medics that the doc said he would sign it at the receiving hospital. Well the doc didn't sign the paper and when the medics returned to our facility I had my backside chewed. ( I was working as charge). This medic said "If you don't have that f***** paper signed don't even bother f****** call us. This little tirade continued for a couple of minutes. He got absolutely nothing accomplished besides making me angry. Yes, nursing was at fault for not getting the paper signed by a MD before the pt was transferred but cussing me out was not the most constructive way of getting our problem solved. He kept cussing and I just hung the phone up on him

    There is a time and a place for swear words and cussing but in front of our patients, their families, and other visitors is not the appropriate time.
  9. by   Aussienurse2
    Am rather more angry about the lack of patient care than of the swearing. They should NEVER be discussing patient care in a public forum, they should be cleaning an incontinent patient and they should be reported to the institution involved and receive a strongly worded reprimand for all of these offences.
  10. by   kathygalpn
    I believe in health care peaple deal with alor of everyday stressors i don't think some of these peaple who use lanquage like cussing etc are NOT BAD PEAPLE everyone has differnt stress relievers I work out is mine some plp cuss raise heck...I dont cuss in public never in front of patients my instructors would throw us out of clinicals so fast for that our head would spin.I was raised in medical enviroment I have seen cussing fits etc but seen the best patient care come from the worse potty mouths

    God takes on the ride called life we just have to take his hand & hold on!
  11. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by yodakelly
    I personally have a full arsenal of four letter words. I find that sometimes nothing can have quite the impact of a good cuss word when you want to get out what you are trying to say. I hear some people say that only unintelligent people have to use cuss words. As an intelligent person that likes them, I disagree. Oh yeah, if i ever say them at work, it's in a quiet tone to a trusted coworker and never in patient earshot. That would be unprofessional.
    It is said that unintelligent people swear because they can't come up with a more appropriate word to use. I disagree.

    But, I totally agree with you! I've also heard this from older people as well. I don't think it's a young vs old issue.
  12. by   P_RN
    While the BIll of Rights guarantees free speech, it does NOT include yelling FIRE in a crowded theatre or using profanity in my personal space.

    No, you are not unintelligent when you use four letter, three letter, nineteen letter words out in public you are just trashy.

    The TOS here is quite specific about profanity.

    I would rather have a room full of chain smokers around me than a bunch of trashy, filthy mouthed examples of poor protoplasm.

    Now having said that this topic is going to OFF TOPIC.
  13. by   Q.
    Originally posted by emily_mom
    It is said that unintelligent people swear because they can't come up with a more appropriate word to use. I disagree.

    But, I totally agree with you! I've also heard this from older people as well. I don't think it's a young vs old issue.
    ITA!!!
  14. by   nowplayingEDRN
    :imbar Now I will admit that I do not like to cuss or hear a lot of cussing, but I also have to agree that sometimes it is the only way to get a point across crystal clear. Now I can cuss with the best of them when I am provoked beyond irritation and there is nothing like a good arrhythmia or an impending respitory failure to illicit a good ol "Oh s****!" or a "F*** me!!!!" But never, ever would I cuss and swear infront of a patient or their family, nor would I cuss at a patient. On the same token, if I had a problem with another co-worker or a colleuge(sp) from another facility, I definitely would not cuss. It only makes the problem worse and I know personally if some one chews my buns out and cusses and swears at me, I just get mule-ish. Professionals should take each other aside and discuss the problem like a rational adult, inparticular if it is over a simple proble like a paper work snafu....sheesh.....save being irate if a co-worker does something that endangers the well being of a patient or another co-worker, but again....Take it behind closed doors. I will now step down off the soap box (having just had a little potty mouth episode that would have made a sailor blush last week at work behind a closed door on behalf of the safety of a patient!)

    Christie

    PS: my potty mouth does not signify unintelligence but rather the ability to carry on a colorful conversation when necessary to paint a beautiful picture!

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