Shocked by facial piercings at work - page 2

So occassionally I'll see a nurse or doc with a nose ring, or tongue ring. If it is not for cultural purposes, I personally find that it truly takes away from the professional look we are supposed to... Read More

  1. by   Bortaz, RN
    I wear rubber soled shoes, so I've never been shocked by a piercing.
  2. by   Creamsoda
    No I dont think theres anything wrong with it, like others have said, times change. As with anything as long as its unobtrusive and the person doesnt play with it, ect. Many people have nose studs, eye brow piercings ect at my work. But I found it funny when I got my lower lip pierced (the smallest little diamond I can put in it), my manager at first wanted me to take it out for work. I put a retainer in for a bit, but eventually just left in the jewlery, most people dont even notice it or if they do they compliment it. Taking it in and out is a pain, you loose the retainers, and the lip one grows over quickly if nothings in it. If everyone else can have nose rings, why cant I have a lip ring? I dont like my nose so why would I draw attention to it. My boss quit bugging me about it after a while I think tattoos are fine too as long as they arent pornographic then cover up up, but otherwise I think theyre fine ( i dnt have any though).
  3. by   BSNbeauty
    Appreciate every ones input !!!
  4. by   tigerlogic
    Depends on the culture of the facility and the city. We have nurses with full sleeve tattoos, despite it being a fairly conservative hospital it is a very liberal city.
  5. by   Orange Tree
    I appreciate people who don't feel the need to look exactly like everyone else.
  6. by   JDZ344
    No real opinion on the professionalism. But they are banned where I work, and in most places that require you to interact with people you would not be able to wear them.
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
  7. by   angel337
    I don't think its professional, but if the facility allows it then there isn't anything to do but accept it.
  8. by   NurseDirtyBird
    I have never ONCE had a complaint from a patient about my sleeve of tattoos or my nose piercing. I get curiosity and compliments, if anything. I'm not known as "the nurse with tattoos," I'm known as "that nurse who always has a smile on her face." Neither my professionalism nor my appearance has ever been called into question.

    This IS a cultural thing. It's a cultural bias that people still believe only "bad" people have tattoos and piercings. That's not the case and never has been.
  9. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from hiddencatRN
    If the Indian woman's gold stud nose piercing is ok, why not the American woman's Marilyn Monroe lip piercing?
    Are you telling me Marilyn Monroe, screen icon who died in 1962, had a lip piercing?!?
  10. by   CodeteamB
    The piercing is called a Monroe in reference to the beauty mark appearance.
  11. by   CodeteamB
    Quote from RNsRWe

    Are you telling me Marilyn Monroe, screen icon who died in 1962, had a lip piercing?!?
    The asymmetrical upper lip piercing is referred to as a Monroe due to the beauty mark appearance.
  12. by   SaoirseRN
    Quote from healthstar
    I think you misunderstood me. I did not say people who have tattoos, piercings, and wear no makeup are not clean! They probably take a shower 5 times/day! I know piercings, tattoos etc are habits/ passions just like makeup. I said makeup is my other passion, and when I go to work I want to look professional, I make changes to my makeup looks- I don't wear purples, crazy colors! I tone it down by wearing neutrals! People should hide tattoos and remove piercings for 12 hrs, its not the end of the world. I don't think any patient would like to have a nurse with sleeves of tattoos, 10 facial piercings, heavy makeup, messy hair, stained scrubs. She might be the best nurse in the world but people are still judgmental, sad but true. I want my patients and coworkers to remember me by name, and not call me " the purple hair lady, the tattoo lady, makeup lady! I care a lot about the appearance in myself and others! By appearance I do not mean beauty
    Yet you still group tattoos and facial piercings in with stained scrubs and messy hair, so I don't think I did at all. Myself, I don't care for facial piercings but it does not and should not detract from a person's professionalism. One could also argue that it doesn't hurt a patient to look at a tattoo or piercing for 12 hours as long as they are getting good care.
  13. by   That Guy
    I hate Monroes! They look like pimples that need to be popped.