Honest and critical as ever right??
OK dont do it, and here is my thoughts--Personally I could care less if the person taking care of me or my student or my employee has dreadlocks---but then again I am not your boss, patient or employer.
Nursing school itself is hard enough and people are judgemental, you dont want your 1st impression on anyone to be a bad one, as then your in the hole already and need to dig yourself out, so start out on an even playing field.
You wont know all the rules at the hospitals you will be doing clinicals at. I know one of my clinical assisnments was very strict. No wedding rings or jewelry of any sort, pure white shoes, not even a pink nike swish. So that meant I had to put white tape over my pink swish, 2 second solution. Dreadlocks---I have never worn them but is it not a process to get them and then get them out??? So lets say your going to Hospital A and your told "oh and no dreadlocks" can you take them out the night before? The night your supposed to be doing your care plans
and looking up all your meds and tx?
I think personal expression is a wonderful thing, but you just dont know what others will think of your outward impression, so do yourself a favor and go low key. Wait until you land a great job in a work env you shine in, and then go with the dreadlocks, by this time your staff will know and love you and your good work ethic and they will not think anything wrong of your hair style.
But I would hate for you to not even get the chance because of your hair style.