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People say hypocrite as if it were a bad thing. While I don’t agree with pretending to be something you are not, and keeping some things about your life private is fine, we are expected to provide good health education to our patients. I’ve told many gallbladder patients to avoid ultimate cheeseburgers, but that never stopped me from eating them myself, even when my gallbladder went bad. I’ve told people not to mix their sleeping pill with other sedatives, such as alcohol, but they sure do work better if you do mix them 😉

If it makes you feel better to preface your education with a do as I say, not as I do comment, go ahead, but what you do in your own life isn’t the concern of the patient, but what the patient does in his/her life is your concern as the nurse who is providing health education.

It was several years ago, so I’m not sure if it is still true, but at the time the profession with the number one ratio of smokers was respiratory therapy, and nurses were close behind. I encourage people to stop smoking all of the time. I also encouraged them in the past when I used to smoke myself. Telling patients not to smoke is part of the job.

You know why you should quit, so I won’t go there, but don’t think that just because you smoke prevents you from telling others not to smoke. Good luck.

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