How do nursing schools react to alternative faiths?

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    I'm a wiccan and going to nursing school soon. I openly wear a pentacle. I'm wondering how nursing schools and clinical placements would react to this? I mean, it's not a problem if a christian student wears a cross, right?
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    Nope. It should never be a problem. It only becomes a problem if they discriminate upon your religion. And be it that 70 something percent of the USA is of the Christian faith. Just don't go wearing a swastika
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    I wouldn't think it would be a problem; it's really no one's business what religion any of the students do or don't practice (you're not going to a church-affiliated nursing school, are you?) Be aware that many schools' dress codes limit jewelry that can be worn to clinicals.
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    You might well be asked to leave the pentacle at home if it's on a chain hanging from your neck, wrist, or ears. Typically nursing schools restrict students to one pair of stud earrings and no necklaces, bracelets or rings. Even wedding rings usually have a restriction (no stones, for instance, may be worn).

    It's not the religion that'd be a problem; however, if you find yourself discussing religion when you should be discussing patient care (or discussing NOTHING), THAT might well be a problem.
    Last edit by Joe V on Aug 20, '12
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    My school is catholic, but still wouldn't let you wear any sort of necklace to clinical (religious or not). They don't give a hoot what you wear to lecture except that they expect you to dress respectfully.

    I'm pretty sure I saw an exception for students who's religions REQUIRED them to wear something at all times. They required that it is wore under an undershirt under the uniform.
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    I wouldn't think it a problem, however, like others have mentioned most nursing school dress codes might allow a small chain (or nothing). If they allow a chain, I'd tuck it in my shirt...believe me you don't want it dragging around in an infectious wound or worst. It also becomes an issue when you have a psychotic person try to grab shiny things around your neck.
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    I would never wear any kind of necklace or bracelet to work (or to clinicals) because it can get all kinds of germy
    who knows what on it but also because a patient could grab and pull or tighten it and hurt you.

    All I wore when I worked was my watch that pinned to my top or a cheap Timex with Snoopy on it, and a plain gold,
    wide, rounded wedding ring.

    If carring/wearing a symbol of your religion is that important to you, how about tucking a small symbol into your
    pocket...maybe in the change compartment of your pocket carrier?
    Last edit by Joe V on Aug 20, '12
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    Like some of the other posters have said, wearing a necklace in general during clinicals will most likely be a problem. Has nothing to do with what type of necklace. At my school, we are not allowed to wear any jewelry during clinicals, only things permitted are a watch and wedding bands (no stones, must be smooth/flat). Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc are prohibited. Tattoos must be covered. Hair must be a natural color (doesnt have to be YOUR natural color, but must be a naturally occuring color so to say). Hair must be pulled up with a hair tie that matches your hair color. During lecture, your necklace should be no problem. I personally wouldn't think twice about someone wearing a pentacle or for that matter, any other type of necklace.
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    I have to agree what everyone else has said. I don't think what the necklace has on it would be a problem, as I know lots of people that aren't wiccan that wear things like that for fashion purposes. I don't think it would point negative attention to you, as most times people's beliefs are private and aren't really delved into heavily.

    Again, like everyone else has said the only issue I can see is that most jewelry is limited at clinical sites or during labs. My program does not allow any necklaces that would hang in any way (and you wouldn't want that anyway as it could contaminate your field), only one pair of earrings (studs), no nose rings, only one ring and even that is discouraged as they can be damaged or rip gloves, and a watch with a second hand.

    Good luck with your program!
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    Quote from ZeroNightskye
    I'm a wiccan and going to nursing school soon. I openly wear a pentacle. I'm wondering how nursing schools and clinical placements would react to this? I mean, it's not a problem if a christian student wears a cross, right?
    So, the way you ask this makes me think you are preparing to have to fight to defend your rights. It has been my experience, as a former pagan and current atheist, that almost no one is as bothered by an alternative religion as much as you want them to be. I bet most people will look at your pentacle and think "oh, pretty star necklace" rather than "omg she is a Wiccan, MUST....SAVE....SOUL....."

    My school had a dress code policy. How strictly it was enforced varied some by clinical instructor, but the big things they were concerned about were facial piercings, visible tattoos and dangly things that could be a hazard to you. But no one really noticed the religious necklaces.


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