Any Muslim Nurses/Student Nurses in Allnurses? - page 2

Hi, I'm muslim pre-nursing student and I wear the hijaab. I would love to know any Muslim nurses/student nurses that I can ask some questions regarding the hijaab, uniform, dealing with patients,... Read More

  1. by   RN BSN 2009
    Hi. you should be able to wear a scrub skirt and wear something under for extra coverage, and I've even heard in the OR that pants at least under are required (in case of something splashing upwards from the floor, e.g. something falling).

    I am a muslim and I am pretty lax when it comes to being at the hospital, I wear a white colored bandana type wrap around my head that covers my ears, but not my neck (it gets WAY too hot on the units I've been to, and I can't handle the heat very well.)... and then I wear a 3/4 length sleeve shirt, because my wrists come in contact with so many things, also wearing 3/4 length sleeves are pretty handy when you are handwashing, putting on gloves, and other things.

    I did do %100 long sleeves before, and within 2 weeks, the wrists on my shirts had this yucky brown tinge to them from being in contact with things.

    I've found the vast majority of patients to be very pleasant, and ask friendly polite questions about muslims, and then you get your occassional "Does your husband MAKE you wear that?" questions... but in general people are ok. I did have one patient during my first rotation ever tell me a story about a muslim nurse who stayed with her all night after her shift when she was having a severe GI bleed, it was a very nice story.

    Good luck with being a nurse
    As salaam 3alaeikom.
  2. by   goleman
    Salam Alaikum sister,
    I am a Nurse Practitioner student and I am Muslim too. I went to school in the Michigan and I worked in different hospitals and nursing homes. I never had any issue with my Hijab (covering my head and long sleeves scrub). If you have any specific question please feel free to email me. Good luck with school! Mashaalah!!
  3. by   HisHands
    I actually believe that it is 100% discrimination for you to not be allowed to wear your cultural attire during clinicals and at work. I work at a facility with an EXTREMELY strict dress code. Our Muslim employees coordinate their head garments with their scrubs, as well as wear long sleeve t-shirts underneath. I have also seen a few wear the long dress type tops with a matching bottom, or a color coordinated scrub pant.

    On a side note, I think that Muslim women are some of the most beautifully dressed women in the world!

    Blessings,
    Crystal
  4. by   jawharah
    Assalaamu Alaykum to the Muslims and hi to the other ladies.

    Quote from HisHands
    On a side note, I think that Muslim women are some of the most beautifully dressed women in the world!

    Blessings,
    Crystal

    AWWW, thanks, Crystal. I wish everyone in the west saw it that way.

    Even though this thread is kinda old, I too am in the same boat as the original poster. I actually wear a FULL hijaab with the face veil (niqaab)and gloves. I am taking my last pre req. at Gwinnett Tech in GA and applying for their LPN program that starts in the spring/summer. I was just recently discussing this issue with the director of the program, and she told me the same things you all suggested (the dress, skirt, etc.) I can't wait to start the program.

    I hope things work out for you, sis and that you have no problems observing your hijaab while working.
  5. by   Charleta
    Quote from 2bnp2006
    Salam Alaikum sister,
    I am a Nurse Practitioner student and I am Muslim too. I went to school in the Michigan and I worked in different hospitals and nursing homes. I never had any issue with my Hijab (covering my head and long sleeves scrub). If you have any specific question please feel free to email me. Good luck with school! Mashaalah!!



    As salaamu alaykum, sister

    I'm a nursing student in a LPN program, and I also haven't had any problems, either, with my hijab (also covering my head and scrubs with long sleeves). I was afraid this would be an issue, but my instructors were very cool about it, masha'Allah!

    BTW, I think it's so lovely, masha'Allah, to see that you have advanced as far as you have!

    ~Ma salaam
  6. by   traumaRUs
    We would all like to enjoy this conversation - could you please post in English? Thank you.
  7. by   birdgardner
    Jawhara, what population do you plan to take care of? Usually I'm all for people wearing clothing as modest as they wish, but cultural considerations are a two way street. Most people in this country find someone wearing a mask to be sinister, for old reasons not having anything to with Muslims. Explaining that you're a Muslim and wear the veil for religious reasons is not going to help in many cases and may actually make things worse for some patients.

    Patients in the hospital are already stressed, often frightened or in pain, sometimes confused - when they see a dark masked figure, it's not going to help. Surgeons and OR nurses take off their masks when it's safe, so the patient will be reassured by seeing human faces.
  8. by   iwannabeanurse06
    As far as Jawhara. From her post we know she currently wears it but we do not know if she is going to continue to wear it during clinicals. Maybe before jumping to conclusions that she is going to scare patients we could ask her how she is going to handle the wearing of a veil during school/future career.

    Also, I have thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and that the 0.1% of non-english did not have a negative impact on me enjoying it or understanding it.

    I also wanted to say thanks for an interesting topic that I felt compelled to reply too though I am not muslim.
  9. by   KungFuFtr
    On the topic of this religion and modesty...
    Are Muslim women allowed to provide nursing care to men?
  10. by   traumaRUs
    I should have been clearer in my post - it is against our terms of service (which every member signs prior to becoming a member) to post in any language except English.
  11. by   Charleta
    Quote from KungFuFtr
    On the topic of this religion and modesty...
    Are Muslim women allowed to provide nursing care to men?

    Good question! As a matter of fact, yes, they are! In the Islamic faith, the administering of medical care is a condition under which the prohibition of male/female interaction is lifted. An example of this would be during the early days of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), when the Muslim female nurses would tend to the men on the battlefield.

    Take care!
  12. by   MB37
    I was curious about that too, since in our "culture" lectures we're told that Muslim women generally request to be cared for by female nurses...we also have one girl in our class who wears the hijaab and long sleeves under her uniform. Any public school, at least, will make reasonable accomodations for anyone to observe their religion.
  13. by   birdgardner
    There is so much variation in Muslim women's dress. In my OPINION, the shalwar kameez is beautiful but the burkha and the abaya are not. And some Iranian women make the manteau and head scarf very stylish, but the most stylish were being chased and beaten by Iranian police lately.

    Some of the clothing is compatible with safety, mobility and comfort, and some is not.

    For me, the niqab goes too far. It says, "I don't trust you to see my face. You are apart from me." I don't trust someone who doesn't trust me that far to be caring for me or my family the way a nurse does.

    Charleta gives one analysis of the rules for caring for men but Islam is not monolithic and Jawhara might have another. Caring for non-Muslim women might even be an issue for her.

    There is another issue, that of hearing impaired patients (or fellow health care workers and staff) who rely on reading lips to make up the deficit.
    Last edit by birdgardner on Dec 9, '07

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