piercings at work - page 2

i'm currently in my last semester as a pre-nursing student and i was just wondering-are most of you who are nurses and working in hospitals allowed to wear earring and are there any restrictions as... Read More

  1. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from iamcool
    yes...because everyone knows that i would permanently modify my body just to show everyone else how cool i am . and in an attempt to show even more people how cool i am, i would decide to go into nursing.

    Hey, chill out. That was obviously a reference to your screen name, which YOU chose, not me.

    At any rate, you asked a question, and I gave you an honest answer. No sarcasm was needed in your response.

    You wanted to know the effects of your personal cosmetic choices on future school acceptance and potential employment, so I offered what I know. I'm quite sure you will find others who say to go ahead, do whatever, it doesn't matter, it didn't matter for them, etc. And, if you're quite lucky, you will go to the same schools and be interviewed by the same employers, who also don't mind "permanently modified" facial structures. For your sake, I hope that's the case.

    Best of luck to you.
  2. by   KellNY
    As far as piercings go, after a relatively short time they can be taken out.

    If I were to go to an interview, I'd probably take my nose ring out. No big deal. Once healed, you can take out the piercing while you work. You can also put fishing line through while you work (tongue ring, etc), or just pop it in and out during breaks to keep the hole open.

    Worst case, you could do like i've seen some employees at McDonalds and other places--put a small piece of flesh colored bandaid over your eyebrow, nose, lobe, etc.

    As far as stretched earlobes, I'm not sure they can descriminate against that, as long as you're not wearing the extenders. How do they know it's not a birth defect, result of an accident, etc. That's like not hiring someone because they were a cutter (which, one could argue is a form of body modification) and had scars on their arms.
  3. by   SCRN1
    In nursing school and everywhere I've worked, earrings have been limited to one small pair of stud type earrings. None in the face, mouth or anywhere on the ear except the lobe.

    We recently got a new dress code where I'm currently working. Some of it includes the earrings described above. Males are not allowed earrings at all (guess they could scream sexual discrimination). No visible tatoos. Hair to be pulled back if long. Specific colored uniforms, neatly pressed, repaired as necessary, and some alterations may be required. White leather shoes. Clogs may be worn, but the straps must be around the back of the heel. White socks. Fingernails may not extend from the tip of the finger. No acrylics. Polish may be worn, but must not be chipped or cracked.

    From what I've been reading, more & more hospitals are going to specific dress codes. To be on the safe side, why not just let your personality show how cool you are instead of permanent changes to your body?
  4. by   imenid37
    I am not really into all of the piercings or tatoos. I am frankly in an age group where that wasn't the fashion. There is a guy who works in pharmacy at my facility who has those earlobe stretchers. He is a nice young guy. My oldest daughter who is 19, doesn't have any piercings, but some of her friends do. I don't really know if it would be seen as unprofessional by ALL of the patients. I don't think younger patients would care, they might have piercings and tatoos too. The elderly might not be too thrilled. I might hold off until you are through with school. They can have some pretty crazy rules. I know that we all wish they could look beyond this kind of thing, but the reality is that they don't. Best of luck to you!
  5. by   ukstudent
    The one thing that I noticed, was that you are in pre-nursing. Most nursing schools are MORE conservative than hospitals. If you need to interview in order to enter the nursing program you could have trouble. If you get accepted sight unseen, it could cause problems while in school. A lot, not all, nursing instructors have been nurses for a while and come for starched uniforms and hats. Having a body modification will make you stand out and be scrutinized by your instructors more than others in your class. Not that you can't go to nursing school and get a great job after with the modification, I have seen people do that. But you do have a reason for being "apprehensive".
  6. by   ICRN2008
    Both of my employers allow one small earing per ear and no visible piercings anywhere else.
  7. by   NurseCard
    Depends also what type of nursing field and atmosphere you work in. I work in psych. Tats and piercings abound; just nothing *dangly* is allowed, for the obvious reason. If you really are dying to visually show off your individuality when you go to work, I've found psych to be a good place to work.

    I myself have gotten somewhat bored with psych and have decided to leave. I've also decided that I don't mind wearing scrubs to work after all; they're more comfortable.
  8. by   ann945n
    Im my own opinion, so no burning here, i think tattoos and facial body piercings are things best left off after we graduate high school. Its time to be an adult and look the part of a professional. You obviously wanted to be a professional going into nursing so its time to step up and look the part. Just like I would never dream of being a cop and complain about their uniform ect. Find other ways to express yourself because in the real world, people will not hire you at some if not most places if you have large ear lobes. It may not be fair but thats how the world is. If you really want to have tattoos are large ear lobes other jobs may fit like hair dresser artist ect. Just my opinion guys so be nice.
  9. by   NurseCard
    Ohhhhh, there's nothing wrong with a tattoo or a piercing or two as long as they can't be seen. Plus, when someone is in high school they are for the most part, too YOUNG to make the decision to alter their body in that way, and many parlors won't apply tattoos to persons below a certain age without parental consent.

    I think tattoos that can readily be seen are somewhat tacky. I used to work with a girl who had a big rose and a word, can't remember what the word was, tattooed on the upside of her forearm, right near her wrist. Ugh, I did, I thought it was tacky.
  10. by   HUCtoRNBScN
    At the hospital where I work, there are no rules about piercings or tattoos. Obviously if someone had there whole face tattooed, then the manager would most likely not hire them as it would be a little frightening! There are tons of girls, and guys, with visible tattoos and piercings. Whatever someone has done to their body doesn't change their personality or ability to give someone care. One nurse I work with has a hoop through her nose, and an arm band tattoo, and she is a charge nurse. She is one of the more respected nurses on the floor. If you want to stretch your ears, then go for it! By fiance has his ears stretched to the size of a nickel and he has to deal with people's questions on a daily basis. If someone asks him how he did it, he tells them. Usually they're grossed out, but hey, they wanted to know. My fiance worked at a grocery store, where they were not allowed any piercings at all. So, before each shift, he took his plugs out. Though the whole would shrink up a little, it was never hard to put the plugs back in. If you really want to stretch your ears, then I suggest when you go for an interview, either putting in smaller plugs, or leaving them out. Like a previous poster said, how do others know that you weren't born like that?! Good luck to you! And remember, whatever you look like on the outside shouldn't matter in regards to how good of a nurse you will become!!
  11. by   PANurseRN1
    Ah, so this is what stretched ear lobes look like:

  12. by   Agnus
    Quote from RNsRWe
    Most schools, if they allow you to wear earrings in the clinical setting, will stipulate small studs only, and one per ear. Something the size you are talking about is probably a no-go.

    As for what hospitals will allow themselves, it's worth remembering that your appearance is part of your professional "package", not just your resume. Your face and attire speak volumes for you before you ever get the chance to "show what you know", and your clinical instructors and (potentially) later prospective employers will determine how well you fit into that professional mold.

    Nursing isn't the place to show how cool you are, I'm afraid.
    This goes way beyond just nursing. What ever profession or job you have you will be judged on your professionalism and appearence of maturity. People will always judge you on your apearance. This may be very unfair but is very true. Unless you are entering an artistic field it is better to err on the side of conservitism.
    First impressions count and are critical. Even second and third and forth impressions count. So you come to the interview dressed very conservatively and then start your first day on the job. Soon you are sporting a look that is very different. My son in law did this at a bank. He did not understand that even though he worked out of public view, and long hair was a given in his chosen field (computer programming) he was not working for a creative programming company he was in one of the most conservative fields in the world banking.

    Needless to say he did not get along well at the bank job.
    Yes his hair had nothing to do with his ability and quality of programming work that he did for the bank. It did have everything to do with what they thought about him and how he "fit in" it effected his relationship with them. It is very improtant to fit in on a job and at least 50% if not more of what an employer wants from you is to fit in. Not cause problems not stand out in a way that may seem negative. Not cause waves. THey want you to fit in and to fit in with their image that they have for the company.
    Last edit by Agnus on Jan 21, '07
  13. by   GardenDove
    If I were a pt, I would probably find large holes in the ears of my nurse disconcerting. I think it's even more of a stretch for a pt in their 60s or 70s to feel a sense of trust with someone with conspicuous tattoos, or unusual piercings. People tend to associate those things with the drug community.

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