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- Apr 30, '12 by Sand_DollarI just got hired on at a big teaching hospital and in their dress code they consider gauged ears to be 'unacceptable'.
- Apr 30, '12 by MeriwhenQuote from allan87I think policies can vary widely between nursing schools as well as hospitals, so you should check with the specific school/hospital for the most accurate answers. From my experience, both schools hospitals both generally tend towards conservative looks (i.e., minimal to no jewelry and frown upon body modification), for appearances as well as safety reasons. After all, if there's no dangling earrings or gauged ears, there's nothing that can be ripped out or cause damage to the ear.I'm not sure if this has been asked before but what are nursing school policies on having your ears gauged?
And do most hospitals have any policies against nurses having them?
I'm currently a phlebotomist and have never had any problems with my ears being gauged before even during school and clinicals.
But again, it's your school/hospital that will have the final say.
Also keep in mind that just because something may fly in nursing school doesn't mean that it will at the hospital, and vice-versa.
- Apr 30, '12 by aachavezI'm 26, and never could understand the appeal of the gauged ear holes. Looks kinda gross if you ask me.
My school also has pretty strict rules about appearance, one ring, 1 pair of stud earrings, med alert tag, all tattoos must be covered, hair should be a natural color, makeup is neutral, nails must be clean and short, no polish. I really doubt the gauged ears would be allowed. I was so bummed on the first day of school when I had to take out my nose stud... I miss it.
- May 1, '12 by RockabillyMommyI'm assuming if you use plugs instead of the rings then the hospital may never know. I'm covered in tattoos and just wear a long sleeve shirt under my scrubs. I remove my nose ring for clinicals and check offs. I've encountered nothing but warmhearted curiosity from the faculty during lectures and lab practice; however, if I showed up for clinical or a check off with anything showing I'd get a tongue lashing. Tattoos, piercings, and gauged ears are not professional. It's as simple as that. If you can cover or hide them, you're good to go. I may be the greatest nurse in the history of the profession, but if somebody sees my chest piece peeking out of the v-neck on my scrubs, they'll assume I'm incapable of handling the job.
We made the choice. Thankfully we don't have facial, knuckle, or neck tattoos right? Daily use of dermablend before shifts would be a b*tch. Get yourself some flesh colored plugs and let other people's judgement be based on capability and not appearance. Maybe, in the distant future, when 50% of our patients have tattoos and piercings, things will be different. For now, we can't let our freak flags fly in the workplace.
- May 1, '12 by HouTxTo all ---- In the US, healthcare reimbursement is directly tied to HCAHPS these days. This means that patient "satisfaction" determines how much $ the organization is paid. Low scores = poor reimbursement. Patient satisfaction has been shown to be affected by their perception of the staff that deliver their care. Many facilities have tightened up their dress codes as a result of patient/family feedback.
Sooooo - it doesn't really matter what you feel about your appearance, or your motivations for making your own unique statement - you may find yourself unemployable in the US. And there are no "discrimination" protections unless your "uniqueness" is driven by religious or ethnic requirements. I haven't heard of any religious basis for this particular practice but I'd love to hear about them if they're out there..... anyone?
- May 1, '12 by MeriwhenQuote from RockabillyMommyIMO, I don't think that many patients care about tattoos/piercings/etc. as much as we think, especially since the number of patients with them is increasing. Granted, I am in psych, but well over 50% of my patients have body mods of some way, shape or form.Maybe, in the distant future, when 50% of our patients have tattoos and piercings, things will be different. For now, we can't let our freak flags fly in the workplace.
It's the nursing instructors and the hospital administration that are far more concerned with appearances, and they're the ones that hire and fire (or fail) us. And if we like our classes or jobs, we have to follow their policies.
- May 1, '12 by RockabillyMommyQuote from MeriwhenI meant that comment to be geared more toward administration. Regardless of what my patients may think of me, it's what the hire/fire folks think that gets me the job. I guess I'm saying that when it becomes more commonplace for the majority of patients to have altered bodies, administration would follow suit.IMO, I don't think that many patients care about tattoos/piercings/etc. as much as we think, especially since the number of patients with them is increasing. Granted, I am in psych, but well over 50% of my patients have body mods of some way, shape or form.
- May 1, '12 by grownuprosieQuote from FlareI would have to disagree with this. "Gauged ears" is not a protected population. It has nothing to do with race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. (Unless it is for a specific cultural thing, which is a different question.) having gauged ears, if they are not tasteful, speaks to your professionalism. Apearing unprofessional is absolutely a reason they may not hire you and they don't have to have any reason other than that.they can't not hire you because your ears are gauged, but it can prompt them to find another reason not to hire you.
That being said, it depends on how big your gauges are, what kind of jewelry you are wearing, the hiring interviewer, and the facility policy. For example, I have size 2 gages in both ears. I have small bone loops in them. No one in my school or office even knows they are gauges. They just think the jewelry is pretty. OTOH, a coworker has 1 1/2 in. holes. Management makes him tape the um... skin flaps... behind his ears during his shift. the whole thing grosses me out a bit.
- May 1, '12 by Cessna172Interesting indeed. I accidentally closed this page, and upon reopening it saw an ad on the right side for some kind of round decorative thing. After looking closer, it was an ad for guage ear plugs.
- May 2, '12 by RNsRWeQuote from MeriwhenReally does depend on the population you're working with....as you said, you work in psych where in your own experience well over half of your patients look like this.IMO, I don't think that many patients care about tattoos/piercings/etc. as much as we think, especially since the number of patients with them is increasing. Granted, I am in psych, but well over 50% of my patients have body mods of some way, shape or form.
But in LTC, the average medical floor, pediatrics, and any number of other exposures that nursing students are exposed to, they might be met with a population that cares very MUCH what their "nurse" looks like. That has actually been my experience; the older folks especially can have some serious trust issues where body modifications are concerned--if they associate such piercings and tattoos with the gangster/criminal/hoodlum, then that 'decorated' student won't be assigned to them for long.
Bottom line here is it doesn't matter, really, whether the school allows this. The OP should be made aware (as we're doing in this thread) that it should be expected that it WON'T be allowed in hospitals, clinics, and wherever else the OP might apply for a job. OP: don't think for a minute that students aren't being sized up during their clinicals at the hospital; THOSE are your first impressions, long before your job interviews.Last edit by RNsRWe on May 2, '12 : Reason: afterthought