Disturb you to see a tongue pierced? - page 7

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   steelcityrn
    I agree Kyriak...and it would help if ppl read the words here and not in between lines!
    Quote from Kyriaka
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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.
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from steelcityrn
    I agree Kyriak...and it would help if ppl read the words here and not in between lines!
    It would help if people were a little more clear in their statements and opinions, since something COULD be misinterpreted.
  3. by   DelightRN
    I voted I think its ok, but really I have no opinion on the subject. Whether or not someone has a piercing has little impact on their nursing skills. Yes, I think its inappropriate if they call attention to it, or click it along the back of their teeth, or otherwise play with it... but just being there, I don't think its an issue.

    I had my tongue pierced when I was younger, but removed it about a year ago. I also never had a problem with speech, and never made a spectacle of myself. Most people were shocked to know I had one.

    I have tattoos, does that mean I'm not a competent nurse? Or that I'm a biker chick? And I fail to understand why a tongue piercing on a 40 year old overweight woman is any more disgusting than on a skinny teenager.
  4. by   LPN1974
    I worked with a nurse who had a tongue piercing, and she was always playing with it, so I was always distracted by it when talking to her.
    I feel it's unprofessional, and could be left at home.
    If the nurse has a wild side, I feel s/he should leave that wild side at home when s/he comes to work.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Ick. Yes, it disturbs me to see a tongue piercing.

    I guess I don't see the point except for the sexual assistance point and who wants to walk around advertising that?

    Unfortunately (or fortunately) looks do matter. Not that you have to be perfect but the way you present yourself says something to others about yourself.

    steph
  6. by   oldcurlyrn49
    Quote from mario_ragucci
    Do you think it's okay to wear a tongue-ring to work as a nurse, or other direct patient services aspect?
    I work in a pediatric unit, one of our nurses continues to wear her
    tongue ring, even though it is against the hospital dress code. She has been
    warned by our manager who also threatened to put her in corrective action
    if she didn't take the darn thing out! That was almost 2 years ago.Not only do I think it is gross, it seems very inappropriate for a pediatric unit. The rest of us are required to follow the rules. Does anyone here smell a double standard?
  7. by   suzanne4
    My feeling is that it should not be permitted to be seen while at work. Simple as that. Tatoos need to be covered. Any other body piercings need to be covered or removed for work, if they are visible, and that definitely included that.
  8. by   MaleRN2B
    "If their perception of the nurse is that she might not be competent (it doesn;t matter what the truth is, the perception of the patient is what matters) or if the patient is frightened of the nurse because the nurse, by having a piercing represents something to the patient that scares the bejeezus out of them, then IMHO, it is wholly inappropriate. And we never know when we might run across that patient. It is better to leave the personal at home."

    I think geekgolightly hit the nail on the head. I don't think anyone should be limited in personal expression but if I decide to stretch my earlobes so that they swing when I walk or have a pentagram tattooed on my forehead, that might be repulsive to some. I have a tiny problem with tongue piercing when people play with them or it alters speech. A private tatoo or piercing is kind of sexy and interesting even if I don't get to see it. I considered piercing a nipple before such piercings became cool until I found out that it can sometimes kills sensation or the nipple extrudes the foreign object.

    As for doing your own Prince Albert, I have known 2 men with that one and one didn't mind showing it to me. I can't imagine anyone doing that to himself! I didn't ask but it also seems like that would interfere with the normal flow of urine because it would follow the ring and make a mess. No thanks on that one!
  9. by   DDRN4me
    personally, i think they are an invitation for infection, along with nose rings...both my dds tried it without my permission, and i brought out the 6" kelly clamp and suggested i remove it for them! i do have a tattoo..got it when i turned 40..but its on my ankle so it doesnt show unless i want it..and it shocks some people when they see it (only a small flower),JMHO,though!
  10. by   Nurseinthemaking
    hmmmm, I don't think I would respect a dang word they said. Try having a nurse look at you with a ring in their tongue and tell you that you really need to do things healthy.
  11. by   LilRedRN1973
    I didn't ask but it also seems like that would interfere with the normal flow of urine because it would follow the ring and make a mess. No thanks on that one!
    Had to laugh at that one because it took me several months to find out why my then-boyfriend almost always sat down to pee. LOL....apparently, the Prince Albert can turn the normal flow of urine into a sprinkler system of sorts. Not all men experience that, but some do.

    Melanie = )
  12. by   PC
    unprofessional
  13. by   lady_jh_98
    I think it's alright to have a tongue ring as long as it doesn't interfere with your job. We had a conversation at work about tongue piercings and when I mentioned I had one my co-workers were shocked. I've worked with these people for a year and a half and no one had ever noticed. I don't have a habit of walking around with my tongue hanging out; I don't show it to anyone; and I don't have a speech impairment. My patients have never noticed and my co-workers found out when I told them. As much as society tries to deny it; we judge people based on appearances. I am offended by people who says it unprofessional but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. To those people who think that tongue piercings have a purpose. Get your mind out of the gutter! I surely didn't get my tongue pierced for a purpose. But I can't speak for others. LOL It's interesting to find out how healthcare providers view tongue piercings.

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