Body Piercings & Tattoos - page 5

Just curious to know who has tattoos and piercings in places that are visible when at work...is it allowed? Or do you know/work with someone who does? And by piercings I mean tongue studs, lip... Read More

  1. by   slyhrtbt
    To all the people that said it doesn't look profesional to show a tattoo or piercing. Most of the time these people (administration) that make these rules do not treat us like profesionals anyway.
  2. by   boopchick
    I have 2 tattoos that are hidden by my scrubs and my tongue is pierced. I've never had any complaints while at work regarding my tongue but I will have to take it out for my school clinicals per the dress policy. I've worked with other nurses who have pierced eyebrows and noses and it's never been an issue.
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Pierced noses, but espcially eyebrows are great things for a combative pt. to get a grip on.
  4. by   nurseygrrl
    I have a nose, navel, and ear piercings. I wear a tiny stud in my nose so no one would be able to grab onto it. I have never been one to judge individuals on their looks, so to me it isn't unprofessional. Nurses are human beings with their own taste, so whatever they want to wear, pierce, or tatoo is their own business. As long as they take care of their patients professionally...who cares?
  5. by   huckfinn
    I guess you need to be concerned about the image you wish to portray to your patients and prospective employers. Check their dress code policy and see if there is anything mentioned about jewelry. My institution allows for one pair of stud type earrings only. No other body piercing may show. Males may noy wear earrings at all. That has not stopped men from wearing them as we have a very liberal boss. I myself used to wear a wide gold ring. She never said a thing to me about it. I decided to wear it no longer when I moved into a leadership position.
    Of course the boss could apply the dress code as she wished in cases where somebody goes overboard and wears overtly conspicuous jewelry. I don't believe the public sector can do anything about body art as long as it is not offensive or perverse. The military and government systems are another story.

    Just my opinion....You are in a service related industry and must scrutinize your appearence through the eyes of a discriminating customer and remember, "The customer is always right."
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by huckfinn

    Just my opinion....You are in a service related industry and must scrutinize your appearence through the eyes of a discriminating customer

    I agree.
  7. by   barefootlady
    no tatoo's. only ears pierced with one hole in each lobe. Have nothing against tats or multi pierced individuals. Do think some line in professional appearance needs to be drawn. Just old fashioned I guess.
  8. by   crystalrose
    I have my eyebrow,nose and tongue pierced and I wear them about one a week so they don't heal over and no one ever says anything. I also have 4 tatoo's but they are all usually hidden.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by barefootlady
    no tatoo's. only ears pierced with one hole in each lobe. Have nothing against tats or multi pierced individuals. Do think some line in professional appearance needs to be drawn. Just old fashioned I guess.

    Too many peopel i work with trying to stand on that line with one foot and step out with the other lol.
  10. by   Isabel Lobes
    Oh dear hear I was thinking that I am the only one with tattoos and piercing in my field but glad to hear many other nations also have the same problem of whether we look professional or not.

    I wear my earrings ( I have three sets), and nose pin all the time and off course the rest is hidden including my tattoo but frankly speaking I hate to hide them and would like to show them off as it is meant to be shown otherwise why consider going through the trouble!

    I think and agree that your first impression has to do with looks and how to present one which in our case is with building up trust relationship with your patient and I in no way am going to lose that over my fashion sense as I have many more occasion to show them off and can easily conceal them to have professional look for the days that I work. I would hate people frowning at my looks the moment I enter the room as that would make my work day miserable.

    So guys do what you want and enjoy life to the fullest without causing people distress by ones look.
    :imbar
  11. by   HRTRN5665
    HAVE THREE TATTOOS...ONE SHOWS..NOT VERY PROFFESIONAL..THE HOSPITAL PROTOCAL STATES THAT TATTOOS MUST BE COVERED (ONE GUY FROM DIETARY HAS ONE ON THE BACK OF HIS NECK AND WEARS A BANDAID). AS FOR PIERCINGS MY EARS HAVE 9 HOLES...AGAINST POLICY ALSO...THE REST OF THE PIERCINGS I DUNNO....
  12. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    Wow - I am such a rebel (yeah right)...

    I've had both my ears (lobes) pierced three times and those are all still open...

    In the past I have had an Industrial through my left ear - my nose pierced twice, though not at the same time, my eyebrow pierced and my tongue pierced...

    I have two tattoos which I can hide - a cluster of orchids on my ankle and a gargoyle like thing on my shoulder/back....both are black and grey....

    boy, I plan on getting about as many tattoos as I can hide - well, maybe not that many but a BUNCH more - they're addicting...
  13. by   nursedawn67
    I have 4 tattoos, one on each calve and one on each upper arm. All can be covered at work. Even though we are allowed to wear certain types of shorts to work in the summer, I choose not to because of my tats. I just don't feel it is something to be on display at work.

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