Smoking Nurses / Counselling

OK, this is really isn't meant to offend anyone, I'm sure there are some very good smoking cessation nurses/pharmacisits out there.

This is my opinion for my personal experience.

a) They have never smoked so do not understand what I'm going through so come across patronising

b) They seem like they expect me to fail

c) I'm just a number they don't really care. They want me in and out and on my merry way as soon as possible

d) You have to go at a time that suites them (pharmacy ones)

Sorry just needed to voice my opinion on this one. People from NHS stop smoking or whoever - if you read this please take note if you are going to employ people that have never smoked to help smokers quit then make sure they are trained to understand what quitters are going though.

Please also ensure that they realise that we are not little children or inferior to them in anyway so we don't need to be spoken down to.

Please let them know that this quitting smoking lark is bloody hard and that no 2 quits are the same therefore please train them to treat us as individuals.

If you are offering your services through pharmacies please don't limit times after the individual has signed up to the service.

Honestly some people...

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  • ah yeah - the last thing you need when trying to beat this thing is someone making you feel small before youve even started, ffs.

    to be honest, I tried both pharmacy and actual NHS hospital based stop smoking programmes, and the hospital based one was excellent and the phamacy ones terrible.

    Maybe worth looking at seeing if you can swap?

    your doing really well (but even better if you getting rubbish support like you describe) so you deserve to be really proud :)

  • Hi Tinks

    My smoking advisor was a non smoker and even though I actually liked her she had no idea how hard the quit is. If craving a ciggie was the ONLY problem there was, I would have had an easy quit. She never understood the severe mood swings or the depression or the feeling lost (you lot know what I mean).

    However one of my friends is Head Pharmacist at our local hospital and she SMOKES!!! She was the one I sent a large bouquet of flowers to because she told me about St Johns Wort and recognised I had depression. She was the one who did not want me to go on Champix due to the side effects. At the moment she has no intention of giving up and there is no way I am going to tell her otherwise as she is very supportive to us quitters.

  • I've seen a few posts on here from people with bad experiences with the cessation nurses. I agree that its hard to take advice from those who haven't had to quit. I was scared of mine so I couldn't fail!

  • Thanks for the replies

    Well I aint going to them anymore, I don't need to I've got you guys on here.

    Besides I don't get the patches and lozenges from them anymore anyway. I have an emergency supply on a just incase.

    I just couldn't believe her... who is she? who does she think she is?

    I mean people like her would drive people to a smoke... (not me of course ;))

    Silly mare :rolleyes:

    Winge over :)

  • OK, this is really isn't meant to offend anyone, I'm sure there are some very good smoking cessation nurses/pharmacisits out there.

    This is my opinion for my personal experience.

    a) They have never smoked so do not understand what I'm going through so come across patronising

    b) They seem like they expect me to fail

    c) I'm just a number they don't really care. They want me in and out and on my merry way as soon as possible

    d) You have to go at a time that suites them (pharmacy ones)

    Sorry just needed to voice my opinion on this one. People from NHS stop smoking or whoever - if you read this please take note if you are going to employ people that have never smoked to help smokers quit then make sure they are trained to understand what quitters are going though.

    Please also ensure that they realise that we are not little children or inferior to them in anyway so we don't need to be spoken down to.

    Please let them know that this quitting smoking lark is bloody hard and that no 2 quits are the same therefore please train them to treat us as individuals.

    If you are offering your services through pharmacies please don't limit times after the individual has signed up to the service.

    Honestly some people...

    What a shame that you feel so bad. I have seen three nurses during my quit (One regular and two stand ins) and none of them were anything like your description. My regular one was smashing, she gave each and everyone her number and she was always available. She had never smoked, but she had gone through a similar problem so she did show empathy. I must say though they can't do it for you, they can only help you to help yourself. Just believe in yourself Tinks and want it enough. David.

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