ROF! Okay I had an issue with this...long hair, keep it pinned or behind your back just for pure cleanliness..ewwww! Short hair, I say go for it!!!!!!
Honestly I think it is time we get out of the 20's as far as what a nurse should look like (okay remember I work with Geri's whos idea of what a nurse should look like still revolves around an hourglass shape, single, and THE CAP....ouch!...so I am a bit bias! LOL!). As long as you are clean, kept and keep your hair out of things..good to go! I also believe in showing yourself as far as wearing appropriate uniforms or scrubs
(not the stark whites...oh no no!, but look professional, you earned it...so keep that one up!).
I am all for tattoos, piercings and what not as long as while you are at work they are completely covered..with exception to earrings...I don't think two piercings on one ear is bad..but more is a bit much for some...especially on the upper ridge (which I have, and wear the thinest gold hoops, and my hair goes over them and no one has noticed...even my caregivers that dorn nose rings!!! LOL!).
I like to be professional, but yet I want to be me too. Without me, there is no Nurse me, so...
I wear a uniform...pastel button down shirt, white vest, tan pants, clean and kept, short spikey hair (no colors of hair out of natural, so I went blonde highlights with my natural brown but lucky for me it so blends in and doesn't look drastic in any way..whew! I would die it back brown if it did..don't want patients calling me two toned or skunk! LOL!). I wear funky socks (can't see them anyway), tan shoes, and only one set of earrings (the almost invisable ones I spoke of!). I don't wear makeup because I don't want to at 0500! On Causual Fridays, Oh boy do I go wild..LOL, purple or blue scrubs with matching cover up that I had from my last job..but I get lots of complements on the color and my skin tone..LOL! Then I may dorn a pair of holiday earrings for fun right now (but I tend to wear small ones by habit, I once was a sales gal for clothing and I had a small loop earring..got a hanger on one..ummmmmm..that hurt! So I don't do that anymore! LOL!).
Most of my caregivers tie their hair back, or use one of those cool claw clamps to hold it up...looks great!!!!!
But it is like I said to them...we are not a fashion show, and if we were it wouldn't be the fashions of the 20's or 30's...but the 2000's and that would be rather shocking! (yeah but hugging low riding scrubs..oh joy..LOL!) so try to find the middle ground yet represent yourself professional and personally in balance!