Appearance? - page 2

So I'm just wondering... I'm starting nursing school on the 7th at Nova Southeastern University in FL and I wanted to know any thoughts about what a nurse "should" look like. I don't even know if... Read More

  1. by   BrandonLPN
    It really depends on the facility. My facility has way, way more lax dress codes than most. Nurses and aides can come to work in jeans and a tee shirt if they want. One aide on days comes into work in a Metallica tee shirt and Jean shorts. And he has sleeve tattoos that no one cares if he covers. The residents don't care. They consider him like family. Remember: LTC facilities are these people's HOME. Why would you even want to have an overly institutional feel in this environment?
  2. by   pugmom79
    I don't think it should matter, but it does. And I live in Florida too. Think about the population here- primarily the elderly. They definitely do not appreciate the need for individual expression so I think you need to tone it down. I think Mclennan had a fabulous post in this matter.
  3. by   nurseywifeymommy1
    Our school & clinical sites- no tatts showing, no dangle earrings, no necklaces, hair off shoulders, natural colored hair only, no prefume.
  4. by   Katniss0813
    Quote from GrnTea

    (IMHO, this also extends to nurses wearing scrubs that look like they're going to a middle school sleepover. Want to be taken seriously? Seriously?) .
    That sort of gets on my nerves too. Your an adult and a professional, so act like one. Or would you like to go back to the old days, wearing all white and wearing the little white hat? At least back then they looked professional and that's the way it should be. I think the way you dress is very important because it's the first impression the patient makes before you open your mouth to introduce yourself.
    Last edit by Katniss0813 on Jan 2, '13
  5. by   Wrench Party
    As someone who used to be the punk rock kid with blue hair in college v1.0, my best advice to you would be to
    blend in as much as possible for nursing school. That means dyeing your hair back to a natural color, keeping
    your nails natural, conservative makeup, and covering up your tattoos. I also took political-type patches off my bags
    and adopted a much more conservative dress code for lecture, similar to a soccer mom (and no, I didn't want to offend
    soccer moms, just adopt their classic style). It's worked pretty well so far.

    I want to be remembered for my performance in class and clinical, not because of how I dressed offensively.

    Remember, it is only for 2 years, and you will always have the opportunity to go into a specialty that may
    welcome your individuality- OR, Psych, Telenursing, etc. You can also let your freak flag fly on the weekends and in the summer
    if you need to get your yayas out.
  6. by   tech1000
    In my school, your hair had to be a normal color and no visible tattoos or piercings. Same with my job. I think as a professional, you shouldn't have crazy colored hair and visible tattoos/piercings (and I used to be totally into that thing). Some tattoos are okay, not on the face. We take care of a lot of elderly and judgemental people. I want them to be comfortable with the care that I'm giving them.
  7. by   texasmum
    Yes, it does matter. As the poster above said, even when you get in the "real" world - dress the way you want own your own time. The more professional you look on the job the more seriously you will be taken - nurse, doctor lawyer or indian chief!
  8. by   CountryMomma
    I live in a conserative area, and like many others who posted, my nursing school dress code is quite strict. Natural haircolor appropriate to you, no necklaces/bracelets/piercings unless they are post piercings in the ear, two holes per ear, no cartilage nor tragus piercings. They don't allow spacers for the facial piercings either. Scrubs are specific to the program, with no embroidery aside from the school logo. You are required to wear an close-fitting undershirt if you are a woman, to keep "the girls" from getting wild and free. No perfume, no fancy scented lotions, no bodysprays. No cigarette smoke. If you smoke in uniform, you have to go home and change. This is for the clients and colleagues with asthma and allergies. One ring, preferably a band. No loose hair.

    Tattoos must be covered. Makeup must be tasteful and low-key, like office professional. No fake lashes!

    I understand why they are so strict. Not only are the students the face of the school, but the formative years of a nurse are begun in school, and with the big push for professionalism and peer respect, dressing like a high-schooler or metal-head does not lend itself to those efforts.

    I want my clients to trust my ability to care for them, and with many of the clients near me, that means I need to be crisp, with my three S's squared away as my dad would say. They distrust tattoos and crazy colored hair, as fond as I may be of it. Work will be at tops 12 hours of my day, and I will have the rest of the day, and a few days off here and there, to let my inner goofball run amok.

    That, and washing bracelets and having my hair dangling in gods-know-what, with my cleavage flashing everywhere just sounds like a crap day for me, and the client.
  9. by   thecool1Nscrubs2no
    I can understand that you like tats. So just keep them covered wear 3/4 or long sleeves both during nursing school and in the workforce. As far as hair just keep it to a natural color. During nursing school I was allowed to wear all my earrings which was three piercings for each ear small studs(every school is different). I kept my hair up off my collar and we could wear white or black shoes. Nails short clear polish only. Makeup minimal and uniforms clean. Only wear a watch, and wedding bands no other stuff was allowed.
  10. by   dah doh
    While you are in nursing school, you follow their rules! I recall a fellow student got sent home for underwear that was visible through their white uniform! When you enter the job market, you follow their rules of appropriate appearance. Some of my coworkers show their tattoos and others cover them. My coworker's hair has pink streaks and my charge nurse dyes his hair blue! My boss isn't as concerned with color of hair so much as is it neat and not hanging in your face. So it really depends on who you work for, but erring on the conservative side at work or school will show a more professional appearance. Keep the crazy wild side of you more for your personal life.
  11. by   From_nanny2nurse
    Quote from DawnCaprice
    I can only speak for my nursing school and we are not allowed to have any tattoos showing. They must be covered. We also have to have our hair colored in a natural hair color, pulled off the face. We have a lab uniform and a clinical uniform that we are required to wear. While in uniform we can only have one pair of stud earrings on and one ring on. No necklaces or bracelets. Our dress code is very strict.

    You may want to double check with your school about their dress code. I also know that most of the medical settings in my area (The Florida Big Bend) is very conservative.

    Good luck in school!
    I too am from the big bend! I'm starting my NP at TCC on the 7th! Do you mind me asking where you are, as I hadn't heard about the lab coat rule for TCC...?
  12. by   Shorty11
    I attend a BSN program in Texas. Our dress code is fairly strict. Natural colored hair. Hair must be pulled back off the face, unless it is very, very short. No adornments to the hair such as headbands, bows, flowers, etc. Hair elastics must be the same color as your hair, and if you need bobby pins or clips to hold back bangs, they must be the same color as your hair also. No jewelry except a watch and a no-stone, smooth wedding band. We are not allowed to wear earrings of any kind including no studs, no gauges, and no spacers. No necklaces or bracelets are allowed either. Tattoos must be covered by our uniform or by bandages, flesh-colored cover up, tat sleeves or an undershirt. Nail polish is not allowed and neither are false nails. Shoes must be all white or all black. Our scrubs must be clean and pressed every clinical. Our scrub pants cannot touch or drag on the ground and they cannot be folded up to avoid this. They must be properly hemmed if they touch the ground so that they no longer do. We must wear a name tag at all times during clinicals.

    The important thing to remember, like previous posters have said so much better than I, it is not about you... It is about the patient. I have nothing against people expressing themselves, but being at clinicals or work is not about you and your self-expression. There are other times to express who you are outside of school and work.
    Best of luck!
  13. by   DnvrOutdoorsRN
    When you start school on the 7th, I imagine they're going to provide very specific guidelines to be followed for clinicals and professionalism, since when you walk into clinicals you are a representation of that program. My BSN program here in Colorado was very old school, head to toe white, with the one exception being a watch of any color, my one piece of 'flair'. One of my classmates had two half sleeve tats and also on his chest that could possibly show. He always wore a undershirt to cover them up. He also had to take out his 1" plugs and tape his earlobs back. Looks hilarious to us, since we knew him outside of the hosptial but nobody in the hospital could tell the difference. Bottom line, if you want to be a nurse you're going to have to abide by the rules.