Shocked by facial piercings at work - page 9

by prnqday

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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    Quote from sandyfeet
    The *parent* complained?!? And the nurse retaliated by shaving her head?!? That sounds like someone with more problems than just following a dress code!
    That sounds exactly like the way children in this generation are being raised- to have mommy and daddy come to their rescue (helicopter parenting on the job!) making excuses in order to give their child special rights, and then the child blatantly, immaturely breaks the rules. I sure hope that nurse got taken to task for her award winning display of high school level maturity.

    --Sincerely,
    The nurse with two hidden tattoos and one not so well hidden but nobody on my unit seems to care.
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    Quote from SaoirseRN
    Ah, but saying they hope they never work with them or are their patient/nurse is also an opinion, to which those posters are likewise entitled.
    And yet if that same opinion were expressed the other direction, most people wouldn't be defending their right to express that opinion. I find it sad that defense of a poster's right to express their opinion does not run both directions.
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    Quote from Blue Felt Fedora
    And yet if that same opinion were expressed the other direction, most people wouldn't be defending their right to express that opinion. I find it sad that defense of a poster's right to express their opinion does not run both directions.
    No one's preventing anyone from expressing their opinion so no "rights" are being violated. Even in arenas where we DO have a protected legal right to free speech, we don't have a right to freedom of consequences or freedom of reaction from others. Calling that reaction "bullying" really diminishes the experience of people who truly are bullied. That poster voiced an opinion that was unpopular in a way that was unpopular. People reacted and responded. It's OK.
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    I'm sorry. "Rights" was the wrong word. I'm well aware of our constitutionally protected rights, and I wasn't going there. I'm just saying that a person expressed an unpopular opinion, explained her rationale in a non-confrontational way, and was attacked for it. I was also saying if she had said something in a similar way but in favor of the popular opinion, she would have been treated differently. It feels a bit hypocritical, and I knew I would take a few hits for posting my feelings about it. I'm over it, and I'll keep that in mind for the future. I'm not taking this any further because it's going nowhere and coming close to hijacking the thread.
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    Quote from Blue Felt Fedora
    I'm sorry. "Rights" was the wrong word. I'm well aware of our constitutionally protected rights, and I wasn't going there. I'm just saying that a person expressed an unpopular opinion, explained her rationale in a non-confrontational way, and was attacked for it. I was also saying if she had said something in a similar way but in favor of the popular opinion, she would have been treated differently. It feels a bit hypocritical, and I knew I would take a few hits for posting my feelings about it. I'm over it, and I'll keep that in mind for the future. I'm not taking this any further because it's going nowhere and coming close to hijacking the thread.
    Actually, I found it pretty confrontational and judgemental. If she had of expressed her opinion without all of the ridiculous judgements..i wouldnt have thought twice.
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    I think thw definition of "professional" has changed with the times. It no longer means straight and narrow, suit and tie blah blah. Our culture has changed whether we want to acknowledge it or not. Theres no way a tattoo or peircing would prevent someone from performi g there job or distract others bc as soon as you step out of your house you see It. I dont have piercings or tattoo but im thinking about tattoos but I would hate tobbe judged by them as to whether I would be a good employee. Also I dont understand the hair color issue...I would love to go in the "red" family..not blood red but reddish and id hate to think that would prevent me from getting a job ( student)
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    Quote from vintageandrea

    Actually, I found it pretty confrontational and judgemental. If she had of expressed her opinion without all of the ridiculous judgements..i wouldnt have thought twice.
    This. Exactly.
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    Quote from shermrn
    Piercings and tattoos just show that you want to fit in and be trendy, don't waste your time or money. If you want to change your appearance go to the gym (if you don't already). My first reaction when I see tattoos and peircings as well as wild haircuts is that the person has issues and desires attention. It's also not very professional and speaks to the lowest common denominator. These people want to be part of a certain group or tribe and get their identity from the images they surround themselves with, few people think for themselves anymore.
    ^ I concur with that. If you make yourself a billboard, Folks, then BE PREPARED for a good number of people to flat-out tell you that we don't like your message, and you will be discriminated against at least some of the time. If you want to go out on a limb and make a statement, YOU have opened yourself up to whatever comes next.
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    Quote from vintageandrea
    You're actually joking right? I hope you're never my patient...i wouldnt be "Competent" to care for you due to my 2 arm tattoos and nose stud. The shock! The horror! Your comment offends ME, because my tatts have deep personal meaning to me, they were carefully thought out for many months to years...not just a passing fad.
    Nope, I am very serious about that. And I have quite excellent health, as well as two self sufficient parents who are in their 80s in excellent health, so it's not usually necessary for me or my relatives to require any hospital services. But you can rest assured that my dissatisfaction at having yet another unnecessary body-art-show experience at any place of business that should be clean, sanitary, neutral, and conservative in appearance WILL be duly noted on my customer satisfaction survey.

    It is your right to do whatever you want with your own body. But it is in your best personal and professional interests to not shove your personal taste in other people's faces in the workplace. The workplace is for work, not personal expression. Save that for your off-the-job time.

    You may attack me all you want. I have worked in a man's world for years. I can take it without batting an eye.
    Last edit by TC3200 on Mar 19, '13
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    So, a man's world is defined as a place of attacks, eh? Doesn't seem there's an end to the list of people of whom you disapprove.
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