Piercings & Tattoos?

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    I am currently looking to go to uni and do a mental health nursing degree, the only issue is that I have a small wrist piercing, a wrist piercing and various other piercings etc.. being a mental health nurse, will I be allowed my visible piercings, if I can cover them up etc, or is there a zero tolerance on things like this? Would I be better doing a psychology degree?
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    It totally depends on the policy of where you work.
    Some places are stricter than others.
    Most places want them covered.
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    As a psych nurse first off...what do you mean a "mental health nursing degree"?? We are nurses. I have worked psych for many years, but I am a nurse. And the degree you get is a BSN. So you will be a nurse working on a psych unit. You need good assessment skills that you acquire over time. So I would say "do you want to be a nurse???" Hiring is cut back. WAY back. I would say going into an interview with some bizarre piercing that shows wouldn't be the best move. On the unit I work no visible tattoos/piercings other than your ears. HOWEVER...who knows..maybe you will find a place that doesn't care.
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    normally it is ok as long as you can cover them up somehow. you really would have to check with the place you plan on working at.. i would be concerned about working in mental health with piercings, as some of the patients can be violent and may attempt to rip them out.
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    Quote from windsurfer8
    As a psych nurse first off...what do you mean a "mental health nursing degree"?? We are nurses. I have worked psych for many years, but I am a nurse. And the degree you get is a BSN. So you will be a nurse working on a psych unit. You need good assessment skills that you acquire over time. So I would say "do you want to be a nurse???" Hiring is cut back. WAY back. I would say going into an interview with some bizarre piercing that shows wouldn't be the best move. On the unit I work no visible tattoos/piercings other than your ears. HOWEVER...who knows..maybe you will find a place that doesn't care.
    OP might be from canada, or another country, where mental health nursing is a totally different degree than general nursing.
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    Psychology degree=no jobs and no money.

    Any profession in healthcare, that is a profession, will require to you dress and act as such.
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    I wouldnt want those in fear of getting them ripped out by a pt that is less than friendly. I am assuming they are dermals. Oww.
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    I'd say check your facility but I'm sure that piercings are a no-no, especially with mental patients that may be combative. I have a wrist tattoo and just waiting for it to heal on a total care unit was awful/scary. I had to change how I took care of residents to prevent it getting hit. I can't imagine a piercing. I've had girls have their earlobes almost ripped out with our combative residents. In my facility, no facial piercings are allowed.
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    I am not a psych nurse and have a microdermal on my wrist as well. No one knows its there unless they know me from outside of work. For work, I take the top off and wear a watch over the anchor.

    I also have several tattoos all in easy to cover areas and no one knows they are there. You can have both and be a great nurse. Cover them up and no one will ever have to know

    I also have a tiny nose stud. I put a clear retainer to keep the hole patent. Not a problem at all. Good luck
    Last edit by Jessy_RN on Oct 2, '12 : Reason: misspelling
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    No piercings or visible tattoos were permitted anywhere that I have worked as a nurse. One of my co-workers used to have a wrist tattoo that looked like a bracelet of barbed wire and she covered it up with a wide banded wristwatch. Always.

    If you do go for it and get to the interview stage, definitely cover up or remove all of your piercings. Nursing jobs are just about as competitive as any other field these days, and most managers will pass on someone who is already breaking dress code, even if you plan to cover them later while working. With all of the people who apply for nursing positions, they can just pass you over for someone who doesn't have this issue to deal with.
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