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by TheBerriGirl 4,093 Views | 28 Comments

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 that makes sense lol. I'm all... Read More


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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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...?
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    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!
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    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.
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    Hi!!!As what they’ve already mentioned, it may depend on the school where you want to enrol, but in our school, they’re strict about tattoos and hair color
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    In my nursing school, you cannot have hair color other than normal colors (blonde, red,brown, black, grey, etc), and no showing tattoos. I think expressing yourself through appearance is very unique! I used to have hot pink hair, 1" gauges in my ears, lip and cheeck piercings. I Wore very heavy make-up and dressed a little goth, but still girly. I LOVED IT! I myself went through a phase that quickly changed after I lost 100lbs got pregant and married. You can still be unique without the hair color and tattoos showing at work or school. I think about it this way, I know how my family percieved me when I expressed myself with a BOLD appearance. A lot of people do not accept and do not like it. You really need to think about your patients and who you will be working with. Put yourself in their shoes. I think there is a certain appearance that nurses should give off. I think it should be approachable. Even if you are the friendliest best nurse in the entore world, a lot of people are intimidated by wild hair color and appearance. JMO! Hope that helps!
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    Quote from Shorty11
    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!
    WELL SAID!!! That's exactly what I was trying to get across!!! This just sounds better than what I said!!! lol


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