Thursday, June 05, 2008

Smoke Gets the Ayes!....8/25

In roughly two months the entire campus will be smoke-free. Finally, something I agree with! I never could understand why a patient that was sooo sick that they had to use a bedside commode--that was unable to bear the pain of sitting up on their own--could beat a street racer to the door to go out and puff. Besides, it takes a surgical patient about 20% longer to recover if they smoke after surgery. Oxygenation of tissue....



The excuse that was used: It's the norm for Dallas hospitals. Yeah, right. Since when has Duc-boy been concerned with what was done in Dallas--unless the advent was in his favor. One thing it will get rid of--smokers.



If you have to go off campus to smoke, then you have to punch out to smoke. Anyone who doesn't---off with their head! And, last I heard, only two breaks were allowed plus lunch, per shift. So when they're Jonesing over that smoke, and they either find a place to blow it out the window, or punch out so many times they have to pay the hospital to work here....gotcha!



And you wondered how they were going to thin out ranks before transitioning to the North? Meet the new boss...same as the old boss....

3 comments:

Giles Corey said...

I wonder how this will go over with the public since most folks around here aren't that fond of PRMC to begin with. How will it be if nervous family can't step outside to smoke? Brookshires should put up some benches and a donation cup....

Anonymous said...

Actually, this is not unique to just Dallas-area hospitals- at most facilities I've worked at as an agency tech, and at the one I'm presently employed, there is a no-smoking policy on campus- inclding the parking lots.

Most everywhere I've seen this policy enforced, neighbors have complained about the amount of cigarette butts on their property, some enterprising employees have taken to smoking in their vehicles (still a violation, since you're still on property), and some visitors ignore the ploicy altogether, still putting out their smokes before re-entering the hospital proper. The policy seems to be honored more in the breach than the observance.

FTR, I don't smoke, and I don't miss the smell inside my workplace. However, I have co-workers who do smoke, and they've had to resort to some ingenious methods to pursue their habit.

I can hardly wait for the first time some poor security guard has to enforce this policy when family members are outside smoking.............

Giles Corey said...

Well patients and families are already complaining about the No Smoking rule and a nurse was witness to a drive-by shooting as she stood off-campus to smoke. It's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. Other hospitals have tried this and went back to a smoking area for patients, visitors and employees. How long will it take PRMC to get the message? Probably long enough to drive off what few patients that they have left!