Grooming for male pre-nursing students

  1. Hi I'm a male still taking my prerequisites for nursing school but my question is, are you allowed to grow your hair long in a nursing school/program?? cause I've been growing my hair for 3 years now, i would want to keep it but i just want to know is it prohibited while taking the nursing program is their any required haircuts like above neck-collar for male nurse, no long side burns and beards and goatee??
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  3. by   caliotter3
    This would depend upon the individual program. If concerned, I would approach the nursing department and ask now.
  4. by   PsycMC
    Quote from rocketberger
    Hi I'm a male still taking my prerequisites for nursing school but my question is, are you allowed to grow your hair long in a nursing school/program?? cause I've been growing my hair for 3 years now, i would want to keep it but i just want to know is it prohibited while taking the nursing program is their any required haircuts like above neck-collar for male nurse, no long side burns and beards and goatee??
    I have long hair (about shoulder length), side burns and a goatee... so far it hasnt really been a problem. There was one clinical (OB) where I had to pull my hair back in order to be in compliance with hospital policy. I would say in general that if your hair is off of your collar you should be OK. As for facial hair, just make sure it's neatly groomed before clinicals and you should be good.
  5. by   bohl9245
    Each program wil have very specific rules. You should get all that information when you get in. No reason to worry about that at this point.
  6. by   rocketberger
    SWEET!! thanks maybe i should not worry anyways. btw i have my hair a 5 inches below my shoulder blade.
  7. by   GitanoRN
    Quote from rocketberger
    hi i'm a male still taking my prerequisites for nursing school but my question is, are you allowed to grow your hair long in a nursing school/program?? cause i've been growing my hair for 3 years now, i would want to keep it but i just want to know is it prohibited while taking the nursing program is their any required haircuts like above neck-collar for male nurse, no long side burns and beards and goatee??
    regarding this issue, i must say it all depends on the school. however, if you sport long hair it should be kept on a tight well groomed pony-tail with no facial hair falling towards the face. example of a good grooming pony-tail...
  8. by   Amanda.RN
    We were always required to pull our hair back in a pony tail and maintain good hygiene. I think that as long as you keep your hair pulled back, and keep your facial hair groomed well (trimmed, well groomed, and not very long), you should be okay. I would definitely ask your nursing program what the dress code is -- they generally address hygiene in these policies.
  9. by   tigerbloodRN
    In my school, long hair was permitted, except that a pony tail was not (unless it was short), your hair was not allowed to touch any part of your shoulders. Not sure how other schools work. This meant you would have to make some sort of "bun" type thing to keep it up, which might look awkward on a male nurse...
  10. by   RNGriffin
    My first degree is in Health Informatics. With that being stated, I would advise all employees to groom their hair appropriate for the position he/she wishes to obtain. I don't frown upon males with long hair. But, more employers will judge you based on your appearance and public presentation. You are working with the general public. Someone could judge you based on your sex or appearance.
  11. by   ChesterMcE89
    My hair isn't 'long' but I do rock the shaggy/curly/messy look. Ive been doing this for the past 2 semesters of the nursing program and finally in my 3rd semester a micro-managing, finagling professor had the balls (or, ovaries) to call me out on it! This is SO ironic because EVERY nursing professor I have had has LOVED my hair (older women love a young handsome shaggy haired male). Long story short, she made me comb my lustrous curls into a wavy looking poof ball which made me look like I was wearing a helmet. My answer is no, you may not have to cut your hair, but expect to be called out for it at some point by a nursing professor that has no clue about current trends and/or styles in mens hygiene.
  12. by   MN-Nurse
    Quote from rocketberger
    SWEET!! thanks maybe i should not worry anyways. btw i have my hair a 5 inches below my shoulder blade.
    Just make sure it's up off your shoulders, sweetie.
  13. by   Trenia
    Quote from gitanorn
    regarding this issue, i must say it all depends on the school. however, if you sport long hair it should be kept on a tight well groomed pony-tail with no facial hair falling towards the face. example of a good grooming pony-tail...
    i hope you're joking. none of the female nurses at my hospital or school have their hair half as decent as the guy in that cartoon. guys with longer hair shouldn't be held at a higher standard than women.
  14. by   Gatsbygreat
    I don't know how strictly they enforce it, but we were told during clinical compliance that long hair had to be pulled back and guys had to be clean shaven. But policy is always different from practice so...it depends.

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Grooming for male pre-nursing students