Nursing and body piercings - page 5

Do you believe hospital administration has the right to prohibit wearing tongue piercings or multiple ear piercings while on duty?... Read More

  1. by   manna
    Sure, they have the right to enact whatever policies they see fit. Doesn't mean that the people who oppose them have to work there.

    I personally would love to have a facial piercing, but my ultra-conservative job and coworkers wouldn't appreciate it too much. I value my job, so I live without the body mods (although I do have four easily hidden tattoos).

    Oh, and call me white trash if you want just because I have tattoos... here's the clincher, I live in a trailer too! Ha!
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from manna
    Oh, and call me white trash if you want just because I have tattoos... here's the clincher, I live in a trailer too! Ha!
    Anyone who calls people "trash" for having tattoos or piercings has made it very clear on what they think of all human beings in general though.

    The day of graduation, that'll be my first day of "trash" too, since i'll be getting my first celebratory tattoo. And getting the belly repierced.

    (Spent 6 years living in a trailer, moved out at 18, so i'm wondering if that makes me 6 year trash or lifetime trash though? :uhoh21: j/k)
  3. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    [QUOTE=indigo]I am a student nurse, old enough to be the grandmother of some of you. I got a nose piercing and a tattoo about a year ago. I must say I love the look on me. I wear a little tiny stud in my nose and my tattoo is small
    Let's not look at someone with a piercing and judge them as trashy though! I am a respectful woman, I have three loving children, I get all As in school and I am planning a fulfilling career as a registered nurse. I have a nose piercing too. That's just me.[QUOTE]


    Absolutely - I remember I was first interested in piercings because I grew up with it - my mother (bless her I wont say her age she might kill me)

    Had a nose piercing and would wear a stud in it or a small gold ring sometimes...so when I was 16 she took me and I got it pierced - not with some gun at the local Claire's but by a professional piercer...

    While I too, dont wear any thing at work and refrain from expressing who I believe is my true self (pierced, tattooed, dyed hair - pink) I have to conform to what society wants and expects of me because there are people who still judge based on outer appearances....

    what a shame...
  4. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    My concern on the piercings is along the lines of the pt. getting ahold and taking a big yank. Not for looks.

    Yeah, nobody should be sportin' those big J-Lo hoops unless they want a torn lobe...

    If you would like to know more about the risks of certain types of piercings i.e. eyebrow, lobe, cartilage, etc. you can go:

    http://www.bmezine.com/risks/

    please note this site does have graphic pictures of piercings on it that include piercings "below the belt" if you choose to view them...
    Last edit by Jrnalist2RNinOR on Feb 18, '04
  5. by   manna
    [QUOTE=Jrnalist2RNinOR][B]
    Quote from indigo
    because there are people who still judge based on outer appearances....

    what a shame...
    Yeah, speaking of discrimination....
  6. by   manna
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    Anyone who calls people "trash" for having tattoos or piercings has made it very clear on what they think of all human beings in general though.
    The day of graduation, that'll be my first day of "trash" too, since i'll be getting my first celebratory tattoo. And getting the belly repierced.
    (Spent 6 years living in a trailer, moved out at 18, so i'm wondering if that makes me 6 year trash or lifetime trash though? :uhoh21: j/k)
    Completely. I guess I'm not offended very easily - call me trash all day long, the opinion of some anonymous entity on a bulletin board doesn't mean a hill of beans in comparison to the kind, intelligent woman that I know that I am, body mods or no.

    Piercings can be removed, and tattoo ink fades - but trailer trash is forever baby! LOL
  7. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    Quote from manna
    Yeah, speaking of discrimination....
    I'm not exactly sure what you are saying here but I will just assume nothing...

    All I know is that I come from someplace where I have seen people with tattoos of racist symbols in N.Idaho and I know it is not something that I want to embody...

    I also dont feel that it is appropriate to separate people based on race or gender or anything (but that can bring up so many debates I wont go into it)

    I feel that way because I have so many really wonderful friends from school that are Native American, Asian and so many other races...some are also gay...or bisexual...some are even drag queens....

    And when we go out to eat and I sit down with my friends and my other friend might be in drag and then another friend is sitting there I expect the waiter to give us all the exact same service...not to make one of us sit in the "colored" section or the "drag queen" section

    Yeah, a perfect ideological world would be nice but it isnt going to happen
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from manna
    Completely. I guess I'm not offended very easily - call me trash all day long, the opinion of some anonymous entity on a bulletin board doesn't mean a hill of beans in comparison to the kind, intelligent woman that I know that I am, body mods or no.

    Piercings can be removed, and tattoo ink fades - but trailer trash is forever baby! LOL
  9. by   MEL101
    Quote from Pronurse
    Do you believe hospital administration has the right to prohibit wearing tongue piercings or multiple ear piercings while on duty?
    Thanks for the memories.......

    Bob Hope and ME... :hatparty:
  10. by   NurseMikki
    I guess I'm one of those trashy nurses. I've got a tongue piercing that I wear a flat stud in for work and surprisingly no one has noticed it. I also had a nipple pierced for a while and recently removed it. Oh and before I forget, I've got a tatoo as well and am planning the design for my next one. I guess my whole take on things is that if you're the type of person that would judge me based on appearances, you're the type of person I have no interest in knowing anyway, and I couldn't care less what your opinion is of me. I know I competently and compassionately complete my duties at work, and I won't be losing any sleep at night that someone has made an incorrect judgement about the type of person I might be.
  11. by   psychonurse
    I have two holes in both earlobes and I would love to get my belly button pierced but I am afraid of the pain. (I am a panzy I admit it). One day I will do it but not right now. I always wear small studs or very small hoops in my ears for many years when my niece and nephews were small and they pulled on my hoops.... i never wore them at work. But I don't mind people that do wear piercings at work, it is their right just like patients rights to also.

    I don't believe that people that are pierced are trash and I hate for people to call other people that. You need to be careful what you write on bulletin boards cause people can take what you say the wrong way. I have watched people get upset with what someone else said on the BB and people have left, I would hate for that to happen again. Just my opinion. anyway I will get my nose out of here.....
  12. by   manna
    Quote from Jrnalist2RNinOR
    I'm not exactly sure what you are saying here but I will just assume nothing...
    I
    Sorry about that, my mind was revolving around the other many gender/age/sex/etc related discrimination discussions going on. I suppose that it didn't come across quite as I'd intended (one liners will do that to ya). My point really is that we can probably all find something at sometime in our lives that we were discriminated against or criticized for or because of. I won't go any further than that since there are numerous other threads on discrimination in all its shapes and forms elsewhere on the site - just trying to clarify a bit.
  13. by   iliel
    I agree that piercings should be taken out for work. Just the idea of one of them getting ripped out is enough to freak me out! My former work place had a policy and I followed it no problem, I knew this going into the job. I can always get repierced if I want at some other time, not a big deal. My tats...love them, they are who I am and if someone thinks I'm trashy, well then it's their problem not mine. If someone is so concerned with the idea that a woman would put a flower on her wrist and ankle, troubled enough to call her trashy then they need a serious wake up call to reality! Just about everyone has one! Grandmothers, grandfathers, WWI, WWII, Vitenam, Korea, Gulf War Vets. A friend who was in a car accident with her best friend who died has a tat of an angel to remember her...trashy...far from it! I am who I am and no amount of words like, trashy, low class, low rent, low income, white trash, or anything else you can think of will stop me from being who I am. Matter of fact...keep them words a'comin' cause they only make me stronger!

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