Smoker vs Non-Smoker

  1. Which are you? We are the patient advocate, and the person that is supposed to relay what the patient shold and shouldn't do. Where do you fall yourself? I want to see the numbers here.

    Non-smoker (never have never will)
  2. 77 Comments

  3. by   Janet Barclay
    smoke, drink and have 2 kids!
    I'm a smoker. I'm not terribly proud of that being a health care professional, but it's my one vice and I feel no need to defend it. However, I DO NOT smoke at work! I don't think it's fair to be leaning over a patient helping them with breast feeding, and reek of smoke. I even notice it on visitors when they come on the unit, and it's gross. I will not accompany a patient out to smoke, but I will allow them off the unit with a visitor.

  5. by   st4304
    I have never smoked, and never will. I am a cardiac nurse, try to educate people who are receptive and wanting to try to quit on HOW to quit, but I can usually tell right away when a patient doesn't want to hear it, so I try not to preach. I truly believe today everyone knows smoking is not healthy, so if you are an adult and still choose to smoke, it is your decision. You can also look at it that as long as there are smokers, I will have a job! Peace!
  6. by   fergus51
    I don't smoke, but never lecture anyone about it except my mother. As one of my cardiac patients pointed out back in my med-surg days: "Half of these nurses telling me not to smoke weigh 250 pounds and think Cheetos are a food group". We all have our vices...
  7. by   cjp
    I am an asthma educator and when I talk with patients/ parents about triggers of asthma, smoking is the toughest subject. Most of my families don't believe that thier second hand smoke or smoking them selves has anything to do with asthma. I give them information on smoking cessation or articles about second hand smoke. Of course the subject comes up at every visit whether it be with me or the physician. I'm an ex smoker so I know what it takes to quit.
  8. by   gvar
    Don't smoke, also refuse to take patient's out on smoke breaks. I don't need the 2nd hand smoke and don't want to condone them smoking. However, I don't usually lecture them about it either. I'm their nurse not their mother or their conscience. Besides, I have my own vices to contend with. LOL
  9. by   neonnurse2
    Never smoked and no desire to do so ever. I'll let family members or a another smoker take a pt out on a smoke break. Working in OB I see my fair share of unmarried teen pregos. When I have to ask what form of birth control they will use for the future and they shrug their shoulders, I'll say "how about celibacy??" one girl asked me what that was and I just looked at her and her mother and said "perhaps your mother should discuss that with you...."
  10. by   duckie
    I confess, I am a smoker BUT I have set a stop date to quite. Since I am battling several other problems at this time, I know it won't be easy but I have to do it in order to live longer. My hubby has agreed not to smoke around me once I lay them down and I think this will cut his habit in half because the normal routine is one of us lights up, the other one does. My daughter promised me when I quite, she would, so our household should be pleasant...2 females not smoking, wanting to kill the male everytime he walks by and we smell the smoke, stinky as it is! Another addition to this is my daughter and I are both dieting together. Poor hubby, he'll be eating and smoking and we'll be moaning and groaning because we can't. Do you all envy the fact that you don't live with us?
  11. by   CEN35
    Cheetos as a food group???? LMAO!!!

  12. by   RN1963
    At least nowadays, I don't have to eat while the other coworkers are smoking in the breakroom. They used to leave their burning cigarettes in the ashtray while they answered callights. Actually, I think they did nursing care in between smoke breaks. Nowadays, they have to do their smoking outside. This makes them super organized so they can smoke...but I have to answer their call lights while they are gone. Wouldn't mind so much , if I could just manage to get bathroom breaks.(Somehow my addiction to bathroom breaks isn't as pressing an issue....LOL)
  13. by   sharann

    Alright,I quit for 5 months,then started again when I went on nights.I will beat this horrible disgusting habit.

    Hate cheetos though
  14. by   MollyJ
    Non smoker, never have, never will.

    I think we are obligated to talk with our patients about smoking, but we are also obligated to listen to our patients about smoking. Smoking is clearly a maladaptive coping mechanism for many people. Depending on what else is going on in their lives, they may not be prioritizing the change.

    Jeanie isn't it amazing how people can be in denial about smoking and second hand smoke?

    If you are a cardiac or public health or any kind of bedside nurse into helping people change behaviors, consider _health behavior change: a guide for practitioners_ by Rollnick and Mason. They lay out some simple ways of talking with clients about ANY behavior they need to change and looking at their Importance of change and their perceived self-ability to change and then depending on where they fall in those domains, the hcp proceeds. This approach has been very helpful for me. A person who thinks that they could change if they needed to but doesn't think it is important to change needs different interventions from the one that thinks they need to change but feels very hopeless about doing it because of previous trial and failure.

    The problem with smoking (and other sensitive health behaviors) is that in order to have a meaningful impact on what the patient will decide to do, you have to have the time to get to know them, listen to them and help them shape a plan of attack that they have some ownership of. That cannot be accomplished while your passing meds; it takes more time than that.

    Still I don't think we should ever underestimate the power of being a health professional who says sincerely and compassionately to a patient, "I worry about smoking harming your lungs, making your heart problems worse or making your child's asthma worse."