Shocked by facial piercings at work - page 3

by prnqday

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So occassionally I'll see a nurse or doc with a nose ring, or tongue ring. If it is not for cultural purposes, I personally find that it truly takes away from the professional look we are supposed to have while at work. I'm a... Read More


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    I have never ONCE had a complaint from a patient about my sleeve of tattoos or my nose piercing. I get curiosity and compliments, if anything. I'm not known as "the nurse with tattoos," I'm known as "that nurse who always has a smile on her face." Neither my professionalism nor my appearance has ever been called into question.

    This IS a cultural thing. It's a cultural bias that people still believe only "bad" people have tattoos and piercings. That's not the case and never has been.
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    Quote from hiddencatRN
    If the Indian woman's gold stud nose piercing is ok, why not the American woman's Marilyn Monroe lip piercing?
    Are you telling me Marilyn Monroe, screen icon who died in 1962, had a lip piercing?!?
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    The piercing is called a Monroe in reference to the beauty mark appearance.
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    Quote from RNsRWe

    Are you telling me Marilyn Monroe, screen icon who died in 1962, had a lip piercing?!?
    The asymmetrical upper lip piercing is referred to as a Monroe due to the beauty mark appearance.
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    Quote from healthstar
    I think you misunderstood me. I did not say people who have tattoos, piercings, and wear no makeup are not clean! They probably take a shower 5 times/day! I know piercings, tattoos etc are habits/ passions just like makeup. I said makeup is my other passion, and when I go to work I want to look professional, I make changes to my makeup looks- I don't wear purples, crazy colors! I tone it down by wearing neutrals! People should hide tattoos and remove piercings for 12 hrs, its not the end of the world. I don't think any patient would like to have a nurse with sleeves of tattoos, 10 facial piercings, heavy makeup, messy hair, stained scrubs. She might be the best nurse in the world but people are still judgmental, sad but true. I want my patients and coworkers to remember me by name, and not call me " the purple hair lady, the tattoo lady, makeup lady! I care a lot about the appearance in myself and others! By appearance I do not mean beauty
    Yet you still group tattoos and facial piercings in with stained scrubs and messy hair, so I don't think I did at all. Myself, I don't care for facial piercings but it does not and should not detract from a person's professionalism. One could also argue that it doesn't hurt a patient to look at a tattoo or piercing for 12 hours as long as they are getting good care.
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    I hate Monroes! They look like pimples that need to be popped.
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    I have no issues with piercings. I am a firm believer in being who you are. If the facility allows it, you are free to do as allowed. My place of employment does not allow it. But we are also forced to buy all new scrubs every few months when they change color policies, and we are required to have our hair in ponytails. Stepford if you ask me.
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    So they are called monroes. Yes, that exactly the piercing I saw. I think they resemble pimples too.
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    Quote from SaoirseRN

    Yet you still group tattoos and facial piercings in with stained scrubs and messy hair, so I don't think I did at all. Myself, I don't care for facial piercings but it does not and should not detract from a person's professionalism. One could also argue that it doesn't hurt a patient to look at a tattoo or piercing for 12 hours as long as they are getting good care.
    I agree, some nurses with full sleeve tattoos have made me feel very comfortable simply by the way they spoke to me and made me feel. Physical attributes have nothing to do with the amount of care given. Some people still feel the need to discriminate, whether it be skin color, piercings, or skin color (tattoos). As long as the nurse is clean and showered, they will appear professional. Professionalism is shown by words and actions, not the way someone looks. I think it is a great thing that many hospitals are now allowing nurses to display their tattoos and piercings, it lets them express their individuality while still being able to provide great care.
    kiszi, NurseSDP, and phoenixnim like this.
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    I do not have any piercings other than my ears. Or any tattoos. I am old but I don't see anything wrong with either. It is what our culture is now.
    I just changed jobs from a small community setting with very a strict dress code and now i am in a large teaching hospital and just about anything goes. I have not seen anyone abuse it. It is nice to have the diversity and have others respect one another.
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