Shocked by facial piercings at work - page 9

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   Orod213
    How is a facial piercing unprofessional? Your assumptions make you look silly and close minded. I would rather take a nurse with tattoos and piercings who was adept and skilled at her job over a "normal" looking nurse who is mediocre. Seriously grow up.
  2. by   Bortaz, RN
    There're these things, called societal norms...
  3. by   xokw
    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.
    At a total loss for words... and if you have read any of my previous posts, you'll know that is very rare!
  4. by   AOx1
    Quote from healthstar
    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.
    I don't see in the OP that the healthcare professionals were dirty or wore messy scrubs, only that they had piercings. Many of the posts made so far strike me as a straw man arguments. The presence or absence of piercings does not imply competence or cleanliness, or at least I have seen no studies that show any causality between these variables. There are probably plenty of people who have piercings and tattoos that are less visible. If you were to suddenly see them, does that reduce their competence? I don't care if my nurse has full-body tats and piercings if they are competent. If you have time to worry about whether someone has piercings and tattoos as a patient, you aren't that sick.

    It concerns me that some people are willing to judge an entire group of people based on one minor feature. If you instead substituted people of a given race, religion, sexual orientation and said those things about them, people would be appalled. I would be more concerned about being forced to work with a bigot than a person woth body mods.
    Last edit by AOx1 on Apr 14, '14
  5. by   NightNurseRN13
    I have no tattoos or piercings (besides my ears, and I still don't wear earrings). With that said... why would I care if someone else has them? If management has a rule against it, fine... let them worry about it.
  6. by   amlehtojnaral
    I would not hire someone with a tattoo or a facial piercing.
  7. by   T-Bird78
    I'm not judging people with tattoos and facial piercings, but when I was in nursing school (05-07 so not that long ago) they drilled it into our heads that piercings and visible tattoos weren't allowed and looked unprofessional. One guy who applied for the program even had his hair dyed back to a more natural color from his two-tone jet-black with highlighter-yellow stripe down the middle. I know everyone has their own thing, but I agree that it looks unprofessional. I wouldn't refuse somebody treating me because of it, it's just not something I would do myself.
  8. by   ajw49886
    I don't even know where to start with this. I am shocked by how judgemental some people are. I have a half sleeve and no I didn't get it to be different and express my individuality. I got it because I wanted to and loved it. I can't say that it is a passing fad because I know people that have had them for 20+ years now so I guess that fad is going strong. 99% of my patients love my tattoo, especially the elderly ladies. My biggest regret to having it is now I have to hear every patient's story behind their tattoo.
    I have a close working relationship with management and our doctor's and all have them have nothing but nice things to say about my tattoo. I work hard and take care of my patients, so my tattoo has nothing to do with that. Maybe some of you should go ask the people who have been so grateful for my care or credit me for helping to save their life how much my tattoo bothered them or interfered with my work.
  9. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from hiddencatRN
    Here's the thing- facial piercings, tattoos, unusual hair cuts and colors....those are ALL cultural. Wearing light, conservative makeup is cultural. If the Indian woman's gold stud nose piercing is ok, why not the American woman's Marilyn Monroe lip piercing?
    Last edit by OCNRN63 on Apr 26, '14
  10. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from CodeteamB
    The asymmetrical upper lip piercing is referred to as a Monroe due to the beauty mark appearance.
    Here you go.
  11. by   RunBabyRN
    I am waiting to get my nose re-pierced until I see the policy where I have an offer (I'm about to be a new grad). I had it pierced years ago, but the job I accepted after did not allow piercings, and my sensitive skin soon became infected from the in-and-out of having to remove the piercing for work every day, so I stopped putting it in. I've missed it since, and that was almost 10 years ago. Something I've wanted for 10 years isn't faddish, IMO, and it's certainly easy enough to "go back on" it should I decide I no longer want it. It's not about "displaying to the world how individual I am." I like how I look with one. Period.

    Same goes for my tats. Only one is partially visible in my scrubs, but I have received SO many compliments on it from patients and nurses. It's tasteful and non-offensive. If I had a huge pot leaf on my cheek, I can see why someone might be offended by that. But a flower on the back of my neck with 26.2 for my first marathon after losing over 100 lbs? Yeah, I'm pretty darn proud of that, and seriously doubt I'll regret it. I don't regret the other two tats that I've had for 15+ years, and they have a lot of meaning to me. I have more planned, only one of which may be visible in scrubs, depending on how big I decide to make it.

    I don't feel in the least that my facial piercing (or tats) will impact my care or make me less clean. I certainly don't get my nose in my care very often (if I do, that's a problem!). I wear clean scrubs, shower daily, wear only my wedding ring, and keep my nails short, clean and unpolished. I feel that I provide exceptional care, and feedback from instructors, patients, and RNs (and the NM who saw my performance- and tattoo- and offered me a job) would share the same sentiment. I hope that as I enter practice, a patient wouldn't judge me solely on such a trivial factor.

    I am saddened to see so much judgment from a few nurses here. With how many poor life choices our patients make, I can only imagine how you must feel caring for some of these patients, and it would be hard to hide that much disdain. If you feel this way about something as simple as a small facial piercing, I can only imagine how you feel about a heroin addict or obese patient or someone with hep C.
  12. by   toomuchbaloney
    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 have while at work.

    I'm a fan of nose rings, I think they are cute and I thought about getting one however I thought it wouldn't be a good look for work. I also would not was to bother taking it in and out.

    Anyway, during my share time at a hospital yesterday I was shocked to see that a nurse midwife was allowed to wear a facial piercing at work. She had a piercing above her upper lip.

    Is this becoming more common in your work places? How do you all feel about facial piercings in the health care setting?
    In what other ways do you inject your personal opinion and bias into your work?
  13. by   redhead89
    I don't see what all the upset about facial piercings is about. If someone I worked with had one, it wouldn't change whether or not I viewed them as professional. Professionalism in my opinion is much more about attitude and actions than hair color, dress, etc.