Shocked by facial piercings at work - page 5

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. Visit  Ivana RN-BC profile page
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    Our hospital is against all piercings (except earlobes) and all visible tatoos. Piercings have to be taken out, and tatoos have to be covered because of our elderly patients. Since we are very customer service oriented, we cater to them.

    We had one parent of a new nurse complain. The parent told the CNO that she is limiting her daughter's self expression. The CNO told the mom that the nurse is welcome to self-express on her free time away from work, or at another hospital. So the next day, the new nurse came with her hair totally shaved off. Piercings were gone, but so was the hair.
    I will keep my opinion to myself, I am just saying, that's our rule for all staff (not just nurses) at our facility.
    Last edit by Ivana RN-BC on Mar 4, '13
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  3. Visit  HouTx profile page
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    Wow - a really hot issue.

    But, it may all be a moot point because with the onset of 'value based purchasing' and heavy impact of patient satisfaction it doesn't really matter what 'we' think. It's all about what the patient thinks. If they equate competency and positive attributes to white uniforms and caps . . . that's probably what we're all going to be wearing in the future. (snark - OK?)

    Trust is essential for an effective therapeutic relationship. If the patient is wary of you (due to whatever, including your appearance) it DOES erode your clinical practice.

    Why don't we get this steamed up about important issues? Patient Safety? Staffing ratios? The emergence of CRE (very scary super-bug, resistant to every known antibiotic)

    Me? No tats - I've seen what they look like on 70-yr-olds & don't wanna go there -- eeewwww.
  4. Visit  RNsRWe profile page
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    Quote from CodeteamB
    The piercing is called a Monroe in reference to the beauty mark appearance.
    Ah, ok, thank you. I've seen them....can't say I like them, but now I know they have a name
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  5. Visit  prnqday profile page
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    I agree with you racer15. Facilities should not pick and choose who they let get away with breaking the dress code. I want a nose ring but I know that I'l constantly forget to take it out at work.
  6. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Oh, in enough time all this talk about piercing and tattoos being "unprofessional" will be seen for the stupidness it is. It wasn't that long ago that a man going outside without a hat or a woman going outside in pants was seen as scandalous.

    Times change. Values change. And thank God they do.
    ^Agreed!!!
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  7. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
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    Quote from TC3200
    Somehow unprofessional! How could it ever be considered professional! As one of "the older generation" who is still very cognizant, sensible, and practical, I find your comment offensive. Allow me to explain why I feel that look is unprofessional: Tattoos and piercings are a fad that doesn't belong in the workplace, the same way many forms of casual dress don't. And like any other fad, they will fall out of favor. "The younger generation" makes fun of '80s hair and clothing, correct? But that's exactly how your tatts and piercings will be viewed one day. As a woman, I wish to always be able to update and modernize my professional look in a very short period of time, say the 20-30 minutes that it takes to color hair or get a haircut or pick out a new blouse from the rack or remove or apply makeup. But, a tatt or piercing is like being permanently stuck wearing '80s hair or last years' blouse, only it can't be instantly remedied by trip to the mall and a couple hundred dollars, and least not yet. It currently costs thousands of $USD and much time to remove those tatts and halfway restore your body to a neutral canvas. Anything that difficult to alter, I do not favor.

    Not practical, not attractive, not desirable: That is aesthetically how I see tatts and most piercings.

    From a medical standpoint, and as a professional who also worked years in the chemical manufacturing industry (I know my way around MSDSs and hazmat cleanups and toxic nerve agents and hazards that RNs will never see in their entire lifetimes), I see tatts as bombarding the body's largest organ with chemicals of unknown composition. In Pennsylvania, there are few-to-no regulation and licenses and professional training required to set up a tattoo shop. Any nimrod can do it. Sorry, but tattoos don't seem very smart or prudent to me from a safety and health perspective, either.

    You can do what you like. And if I am a patient, I will most likely request an "older generation" nursing professional who is not all marked up with tattoos and piercings. If the hospital can't provide a nurse who looks "normal" to me, I will bestow that hospital with a low customer satisfaction rating and I will CLEARLY explain that their employees make me feel uncomfortable, because they don't look like sensible people who use good judgement.
    Wow. Just wow. Nice to know you judge the competency of people on their looks. Hope I never have to work with you or be your patient.
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  8. Visit  sandyfeet profile page
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    Quote from Ivana RN-BC

    We had one parent of a new nurse complain. The parent told the CNO that she is limiting her daughter's self expression. The CNO told the mom that the nurse is welcome to self-express on her free time away from work, or at another hospital. So the next day, the new nurse came with her hair totally shaved off. Piercings were gone, but so was the hair. .
    The *parent* complained?!? And the nurse retaliated by shaving her head?!? That sounds like someone with more problems than just following a dress code!
  9. Visit  SaoirseRN profile page
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    Quote from TC3200

    Somehow unprofessional! How could it ever be considered professional! As one of "the older generation" who is still very cognizant, sensible, and practical, I find your comment offensive. Allow me to explain why I feel that look is unprofessional: Tattoos and piercings are a fad that doesn't belong in the workplace, the same way many forms of casual dress don't. And like any other fad, they will fall out of favor. "The younger generation" makes fun of '80s hair and clothing, correct? But that's exactly how your tatts and piercings will be viewed one day. As a woman, I wish to always be able to update and modernize my professional look in a very short period of time, say the 20-30 minutes that it takes to color hair or get a haircut or pick out a new blouse from the rack or remove or apply makeup. But, a tatt or piercing is like being permanently stuck wearing '80s hair or last years' blouse, only it can't be instantly remedied by trip to the mall and a couple hundred dollars, and least not yet. It currently costs thousands of $USD and much time to remove those tatts and halfway restore your body to a neutral canvas. Anything that difficult to alter, I do not favor.

    Not practical, not attractive, not desirable: That is aesthetically how I see tatts and most piercings.

    From a medical standpoint, and as a professional who also worked years in the chemical manufacturing industry (I know my way around MSDSs and hazmat cleanups and toxic nerve agents and hazards that RNs will never see in their entire lifetimes), I see tatts as bombarding the body's largest organ with chemicals of unknown composition. In Pennsylvania, there are few-to-no regulation and licenses and professional training required to set up a tattoo shop. Any nimrod can do it. Sorry, but tattoos don't seem very smart or prudent to me from a safety and health perspective, either.

    You can do what you like. And if I am a patient, I will most likely request an "older generation" nursing professional who is not all marked up with tattoos and piercings. If the hospital can't provide a nurse who looks "normal" to me, I will bestow that hospital with a low customer satisfaction rating and I will CLEARLY explain that their employees make me feel uncomfortable, because they don't look like sensible people who use good judgement.
    Wow. I don't even know what to say to this.
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  10. Visit  jadelpn profile page
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    Quote from mmc51264
    I do not have any piercings other than my ears. Or any tattoos. I am old but I don't see anything wrong with either. It is what our culture is now.
    I just changed jobs from a small community setting with very a strict dress code and now i am in a large teaching hospital and just about anything goes. I have not seen anyone abuse it. It is nice to have the diversity and have others respect one another.
    Meee toooo, I am too much of a crusty old bat to have either peircings or tattoos (but I rocked a pretty rad triple ear peircing in 1983!!!!) LOLOLOLOLOL
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  11. Visit  prnqday profile page
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    I don't think people are judging anyone. Just making observations. BTW-the OP was to discuss facial piercing not tatoos, I'm sure there is another thread on that.
    Quote from eatmysoxRN
    If everyone would just stop judging everyone else this world would be so much better. I have tattoos and have never had a negative reaction from a patient. Not once.

    As far as facial piercings go, I don't see how it's unprofessional. You could point out how a million things are unprofessional. Eating a cheeseburger as a health care professional. Going 56 in a 55 as a police officer. Misspelling a word as an educator. Whatever. A person is a professional if they are good at what they do.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  12. Visit  prnqday profile page
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    I'm the OP and I'm 24, my opinion is some facial piercings have an unprofessional look. No one is getting upset over it, just an observation I wanted to discuss.
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  13. Visit  Altra profile page
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    OP, you wanted discussion. You chose the thread title "Shocked by facial piercings ..." And you got discussion. Is there something else that you were hoping to get out of this thread?
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  14. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    since some posters have alluded to the "elderly" being offended by a nose ring or tattoo... i have had many ederly pts with highly "offensive" tattoos ! and some pts who one would "least expect " have had all kinds of piercings.


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