Nursing and body piercings - page 7

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

  1. by   mfdteacher
    Tatoos, piercings, what is the deal with all this self mutilation? Some one said it's their way of expressing themself. I wonder how many of those expressing themselves would choose this way to do it if it wasn't the latest fad or craze. Get real, it looks lousy and it takes a real big intellect to find self mutilation something to aspire to. We claim to be professionals and we fight for it constantly, but then we come to work with chunks of metal haning out everywhere and wearing t-shirts and clogs...real professional appearance! I would be satisfied with neat and clean and no t shirts. But I realize that doing your own thing is more important than the profession as a whole.
  2. by   mayumi
    1st, i'm not a facial nor tongue piercing fan, then a nurse??? will have facial and tongue piercing? i don't know, but it for me, we nurses promotes cleanliness. nurses symbolizes clean stuff. for me, it's improper for a nurse to have facial or tongue piercing. nurses w/ multiple piercings is like a cloth w/ multiple holes and spots on it.
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    Do you believe hospital administration has the right to prohibit wearing tongue piercings or multiple ear piercings while on duty?
    Last edit by mayumi on Feb 18, '04
  3. by   Andie
    "Tatoos, piercings, what is the deal with all this self mutilation? Some one said it's their way of expressing themself. I wonder how many of those expressing themselves would choose this way to do it if it wasn't the latest fad or craze. Get real, it looks lousy and it takes a real big intellect to find self mutilation something to aspire to..............."



    Im sorry you feel that way. I am a 32 year old woman with several tattoos and have had them long before any so called "fad". They remain covered at work; but when Im out of work I show them to whomever I choose. It makes me no less professional and caring then a nurse/worker that does not have tattoos. I resent the remark in regards to intellect. You are making a very critical, overly generalized remark about men and women you know nothing about. And about a lifestyle that many people choose. What you call "self mutiliation" I call beauty. It is my choice and it how I choose to express myself. Everyone is entitled to their opinion; I wont ever argue that. But when someone is quick to equate tattooing with a lack of intellect that shows more about the person saying the remark then it does the person with the body art. Is even being slightly non-judgemental so much to ask??
  4. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    Quote from mfdteacher
    Tatoos, piercings, what is the deal with all this self mutilation? Some one said it's their way of expressing themself. I wonder how many of those expressing themselves would choose this way to do it if it wasn't the latest fad or craze. Get real, it looks lousy and it takes a real big intellect to find self mutilation something to aspire to. We claim to be professionals and we fight for it constantly, but then we come to work with chunks of metal haning out everywhere and wearing t-shirts and clogs...real professional appearance! I would be satisfied with neat and clean and no t shirts. But I realize that doing your own thing is more important than the profession as a whole.

    First off - tattoos and piercings are not body mutiliation it is body modification. Just as some people feel that they want to circumcise their baby boys - either for religious purposes or cleanliness - or whatever - tattoos and piercings are just another modification to the body.

    It is not a mutiliation. For many people tattoos are spiritual and represent something important in their lives - the loss of a loved one or they get them to remember an important or marked event. That certainly doesnt qualify as mutilation. If anything it is truly symbolic of something meaningful that has happened in their lifetime.

    People that get tattoos and piercings, from my experience, generally do not do so on a whim but rather really think these things through - after all it is a hole in their body or a permanent marking.

    Piercing and tattooing is not just a fad or fashion statement - for some - it may be - perhaps young teenagers that feel that they need to get that bellybutton ring to fit in with the rest of their friends.

    I think aspiring to tattooing and piercing for a teenager is a lot safer than aspiring to do drugs, have sex and smoke...
  5. by   ascnbe
    This is my first day visiting this site. I got into this thread by chance. I have to admit I found it very funny. Particulary comments about how appearance determines your performance, or your professionalism.
    No one questions whether MD's are professionals. I know a superb neurosurgeon that looks like his mom dresses him in his big brother's hand-me-downs. If you saw him on his way in to work you would laugh. He is not an exception to the rule.
    It seems everyone has forgotten the grade school teaching "don't judge a book by it's cover."
    You want to be considered professionals? Let's join together as a nation of nurses. Let's support each other in our individualism as people, and our mutual bond as nurses. That's why we are struggling to get the professional recognition and remuneration we deserve. There is too much trivial bickering among nurses. Some of the most intelligent, dedicated nurses I have worked with looked like goobers. I learned from them because I saw what they had to offer to me as a fellow nurse and to their patients. What a terrible loss it would be to close myself off to that knowledge based on my opinion of their fashion sense, or the direction they chose for body adornment.
  6. by   CCU NRS
    When you were young and your heart was an open book
    You use to say Live and Let Live
    You know you did you know you did you know you did

    But in this ever changing world in which we live in
    makes you give it a try
    dadadum dadadum
    Live and Let DIE boom live and let die boom
    dadadump dadadump dada dadadump dadadump da da


    I went and found the lyrics

    "Live & Let Die"

    When you were young
    and your heart was an open book
    You used to say live and let live
    you know you did
    you know you did
    you know you did
    But in this ever changin world
    in which we live in
    Makes you give it a try
    Say live and let die
    Live and let die

    What does it matter to ya
    When ya got a job to do
    Ya got to do it well
    You got to give the other fella hell

    You used to say live and let live
    you know you did
    you know you did
    you know you did
    But in this ever changin world
    in which we live in
    Makes you give it a try
    Say live and let die
    Live and let die
  7. by   onamission95
    I'm all for tattooing and body piercing. It's a form of self expression and does not determine a person's character or worth. To think otherwise means that the person with the narrow-minded view is ignorant and possibly left thier mind somewhere in the Dark Ages.

    However, any work environment is a place of professionalism. This means your tattoos are covered, your piercings are removed (yes, even a single discreet pair tiny studs or hoops), no rings on your fingers (this includes wedding bands - i never wore mine during clinicals when I took my UHC course), scents are not worn, and hair color is an appropriate shade.

    Personal time is for personal expression and professional time is when you express your conservative persona. Personal expression in a place of professional capacity is a distraction to the self and others.
  8. by   onamission95
    By the way, one of my closest friends works as a veterinary assistant. She has an eyebrow ring, labray, tongue ring, 2 nipple piercings, and a clit piercing. She is one of the sweetest, warmest, intelligient people I have ever known. She is also generous and would give anyone the shirt off her back. I have never encountered another soul as wonderful and special as her. She also removes her piercings for work every day and shows up looking professional.
  9. by   Alnamvet
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  10. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Jrnalist2RNinOR
    It is not a mutiliation. For many people tattoos are spiritual and represent something important in their lives - the loss of a loved one or they get them to remember an important or marked event. That certainly doesnt qualify as mutilation. If anything it is truly symbolic of something meaningful that has happened in their lifetime.

    I think aspiring to tattooing and piercing for a teenager is a lot safer than aspiring to do drugs, have sex and smoke...
    Sorry but my beliefs say that to subject yourself to the risk of infection and complications (yes, some people check out their modifying artist's hygiene practices, but many do not), to make a unessential symbolic gesture, well, it tells me something about the person. Much like bragging about material possessions, etc. I like the way G-d makes people and they are beautiful enough, the way they are.

    I generally prefer hanging with people that do not find such gestures necessary to express themselves. They express their diverse personalities so openly, they don't need "modification".

    If people care to do this, well, that's cool for them. But jewelry, perfume, long nails do not belong in a professional health care environment. On anyone.

    I personally raised a teenager that did not aspire to drugs, sex or smoking...and did not get tattoos or piercings. She didn't need to do either.
  11. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    Quote from caroladybelle
    Sorry but my beliefs say that to subject yourself to the risk of infection and complications (yes, some people check out their modifying artist's hygiene practices, but many do not), to make a unessential symbolic gesture, well, it tells me something about the person. Much like bragging about material possessions, etc. I like the way G-d makes people and they are beautiful enough, the way they are.

    I generally prefer hanging with people that do not find such gestures necessary to express themselves. They express their diverse personalities so openly, they don't need "modification".

    If people care to do this, well, that's cool for them. But jewelry, perfume, long nails do not belong in a professional health care environment. On anyone.

    I personally raised a teenager that did not aspire to drugs, sex or smoking...and did not get tattoos or piercings. She didn't need to do either.

    Well, I think that circumcising a child (which is often done for spiritual reasons) exposes them to risks of infection and complication at an EXTREMELY young age and these days is not done for cleanliness but really only as a matter of a persons belief systems

    (and no, I do not believe piercing a babys ears is appropriate)

    Although I personally do not believe in God, I do believe there is a higher power of some sort and for those who do believe in God I think that God would accept people however they choose to be - pierced, tattooed, branded, and modified however they wish - because that is how they feel that they should be and if God didnt put them on this earth that way then they can make themselves that way - and I doubt there is any problem with it up in heaven...

    And of course your teenager didnt aspire to those things - you dont, and you taught your child not to, that it was wrong to...that people that "aspire" to being pierced and tattooed probable are looked down upon in society...


    And don't go saying NO - you said it yourself that piercings and tattoos "tell me something about the person"

    you are judging people by their cover - not by who they really are...
  12. by   Alnamvet
    Quote from Jrnalist2RNinOR
    Well, I think that circumcising a child (which is often done for spiritual reasons) exposes them to risks of infection and complication at an EXTREMELY young age and these days is not done for cleanliness but really only as a matter of a persons belief systems

    (and no, I do not believe piercing a babys ears is appropriate)

    Although I personally do not believe in God, I do believe there is a higher power of some sort and for those who do believe in God I think that God would accept people however they choose to be - pierced, tattooed, branded, and modified however they wish - because that is how they feel that they should be and if God didnt put them on this earth that way then they can make themselves that way - and I doubt there is any problem with it up in heaven...

    And of course your teenager didnt aspire to those things - you dont, and you taught your child not to, that it was wrong to...that people that "aspire" to being pierced and tattooed probable are looked down upon in society...


    And don't go saying NO - you said it yourself that piercings and tattoos "tell me something about the person"

    you are judging people by their cover - not by who they really are...
    Well, well...you don't believe in God, but you define what is God-like, insofar as tolerance for folks who are obsessed with self mutilation. I believe in God...a God of my understanding, and if my God wanted us to be tatood, pierced, or otherwise, he/she would have had me born with tats, genital piercings, human femurs through my nose, the works. When you come around to believing, than speak for what God would accept. In the mean time, you are p***ing me off :angryfire
  13. by   chaosRN
    I think everyone who has posted on this BB has demonstrated the most wonderful thing about this world, difference & uniqueness (is that a word?).
    Can't we all just get along,, pierced, tattooed, or not?! :kiss

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