I am still doing clinicals for my BSN (graduating in May :smiley_aa ) and I have had my beard for the past two semesters. I have asked several of my instructors if it would be a problem, but none of them discouraged me from wearing it.
Before starting nursing school
, however, I worked as a nursing assistant in the OR. During my orientation in the hospital, I was told I would not be able to be fitted for a respiratior with the beard on. Since I had close patient contact, that would be important, so I shaved it off.
I am still not sure what a fellow with a beard, nurse or otherwise, is suppose to do if he had to deal with a TB patient. So, if anyone found a way to work around that, I'd like to know!