Disturb you to see a tongue pierced? - page 6

Do you think it's okay to wear a tongue-ring to work as a nurse, or other direct patient services aspect?... Read More

  1. by   Chaya
    Sure- I can't see that it interferes with a co-worker's professionalism.
    Now, if you'd asked if I'd want to be intimately kissed by someone with such piercings? YECCH!
  2. by   Trekzilla
    Well if not intimately, then how about Proffessionally?? :roll
  3. by   Krisx01
    I have my tongue pierced and I'm quite frankly bored with it and wanting to take it out, is there anything I should be careful of? Like can it still get infected after I take it out? And how long does it take for it to close up?
  4. by   Krisx01
    Quote from RNnTraining1973
    lol...mine was pierced with a 10 gauge...and no, it didn't hurt. My belly button hurt much worse! I have had my tongue, nose, belly button, and a few other areas pierced. They have all been removed except my belly button. I loved my nasal piercing (it was a tiny diamond stud in my nostil) but didn't want it to affect my getting a job so out it came before my interview. The tongue piercing was taken out when I heard from not one, not two, but three different dentists how damaging they are to your teeth. My sister had the healthiest, strongest teeth until she got her tongue pierced. A year after getting it done, she ended up with 12 cavities in her mouth! But of course, she still has the damn thing in...........
    How long did it take for your tongue ring to close up?, or did it ever? I'm curious because I want to remove mine but I'm scared...
  5. by   LilRedRN1973
    It closed up within a few days. It's been several years and you can't really even see where it was originally at anymore.

    Melanie
  6. by   Kyriaka
    I think it is trashy.

    When I see body piercing and/or tatoos it makes me think of a biker chic.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    It's one thing to think that something is trashy, but it's another to think some people are because of what they choose to put on their own bodies.

    Signed,
    A Biker Chic(k)
  8. by   KrisRNwannabe
    Ummmmmm...Kyriaka don't assume because someone has a tattoo and a piercing that they are a biker chic. I don't consider myself to be one and i have all of the above. That being said I wish I could wear my tongue piercing to work but I follow the rules. I take the ball on the top out and put in a flesh colored disk. Furthermore, the first barbell they put in is long to provide room for swelling. After the piercing has healed it is supposed to be replaced with one that is almost fitted to the tongue. Mine barely moves and very few people know that i have it unless I tell them but i don;t try to hide it either. I have had for over a year and my parents have never even noticed it. I don't play with it. basically because I can't if it fitted you can't play with it because it barley moves around. I have never bite down on it. I can speak properly. it was a little rough at first with the swelling but i got used it. I would love to get my nose pierced with a little diamond stud. but in the hospital you can't wear them unless it is related to your culutre. they make little plastic retainers for the holes but they stand out more. A girl in my class has hers pierced a no one has said anything.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I would find it distracting. I am not against them myself. To each her own....but probably NOT appropriate as RN's. JMO I know.
  10. by   Dixielee
    It takes a lot to disturb this old ER nurse, but I think it looks stupid. That of course is my personal opinion. Our hospital policy says the only piercing jewelry can be one set of ear rings, male or female. You can have holes anywhere you wish, you just can't put jewelry in them at work.

    People wonder why nurses are not always perceived as professionals, then someone wants to show up at work with tattoos on their necks and arms, holes with metal appendages hanging off their eyelids, cheeks and noses. GEEEEEZ, and they want us to wear white so they can tell who the nurses are. We are in big trouble!!
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I just don't think it's work appropriate, period.
  12. by   Kyriaka
    Quote from KrisRNwannabe
    Ummmmmm...Kyriaka don't assume because someone has a tattoo and a piercing that they are a biker chic. I don't consider myself to be one and i have all of the above. That being said I wish I could wear my tongue piercing to work but I follow the rules. I take the ball on the top out and put in a flesh colored disk. Furthermore, the first barbell they put in is long to provide room for swelling. After the piercing has healed it is supposed to be replaced with one that is almost fitted to the tongue. Mine barely moves and very few people know that i have it unless I tell them but i don;t try to hide it either. I have had for over a year and my parents have never even noticed it. I don't play with it. basically because I can't if it fitted you can't play with it because it barley moves around. I have never bite down on it. I can speak properly. it was a little rough at first with the swelling but i got used it. I would love to get my nose pierced with a little diamond stud. but in the hospital you can't wear them unless it is related to your culutre. they make little plastic retainers for the holes but they stand out more. A girl in my class has hers pierced a no one has said anything.
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    I didnt say they were biker chics. I said it reminded me of them.

    Your outward appearance does matter in a job situation.

    If you go to work with your hair a mess...it says something about you.

    If you go to work with caked on makeup...it says something about you.

    We can pretend all we want that we shouldnt judge people. But that is not reality.
  13. by   steelcityrn
    There is a nurse I work with in homecare who has one. I think it is gross. She is probably around 40 years old, probably over 200 lbs, and the big silver ball flipping around in the middle of her togue.......I VOTE NO >>>GROSS

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