Can you advise this student nurse?
“Ok so I know you’re probably going to tell me to just quit, but trust me – it’s not that easy!
“I’m on placement on a stressful ward and my way of coping is to have a quick cigarette break every 3 or 4 hours. But the staff on the ward really judge me for it.
“I always ask my mentor or the ward sister before I go and always get comments about how I’m not really entitled to extra breaks just because I smoke and that I’m setting a bad example to patients.
“I’d love to quit but now just isn’t a good time – if I go without a cigarette then I struggle to concentrate and get more and more stressed, not good for patients.
“How can I get the staff to accept that I just am a smoker and not trying to be difficult?”
- Hazel, Kent
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