does anyone know???

Nurses General Nursing


i have recently had my tongue pierced and am due to go on the ward for the first time(i am a new student nurse!) am i allowed to keep the tongue stud or do i have to remove it?? i cant seem to find anyone who actually knows if they are acceptable or not??? can antone help????


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Dear Hucklebery,

that decision will be up to your school of nursing-- they are sure to have a dress code, so ask your professor.

My nursing school does not allow any visible piercing except for ears, but this may not be true for all schools of nursing.


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Specializes in Corrections, Psych, Med-Surg.

It is up to your school AND your clinical placement manager as well.

And I hope if you have a tongue piercing that you are smart enough to be using non-metal balls instead of the metal ones that chip teeth and cause gum problems.


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originally posted by sjoe:

"And I hope if you have a tongue piercing that you are smart enough to be using non-metal balls instead of the metal ones that chip teeth and cause gum problems."

That.....and "if its wet ...and its not yours...don't touch it!"

boggle, ASN, RN

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Specializes in Med-Surg.

No facial piercings (including tongue) allowed at my facility or by either of he two nursing schools that bring clinical students to our facility. Some nurses have covered thair eyebrow piercings with a band-aid but that looks pretty nasty.

Good luck in school! I think the "professional" appearance is as much for the patients' ease and comfort as it is with meeting the schools dress code requirements.

sharann, BSN, RN

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If you plan on opening your mouth at all...and the piercing ring can be seen, then I think someone will nail you for it. I personally have enough holes in my head...


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Our school doesn't allow any visible piercings besides ears b/c they say it is unprofessional. Same goes for tattoos. Thank God I got mine on my they only see when they walk on me...


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We allow our students piercings, hey why not? Earlobes have been pierced for years already, never noticed an earrring falling into an open mouth of a patient, so why should the others bother?

Infektion? why should the nose or eyebrowpiercing be more infected in nursingstudents as in other people?

So, we allow it, same with tattoos, although it depends on the tattoo though, once had a student with a big, ugly skull on her upperarm, I told her to put a bandaid over that one, but that's it.

The other thing is, I don't like facepiercings at all, but hey, that is my problem.

renerian, BSN, RN

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Specializes in MS Home Health.

I just remember giving IV Antibiotics to a 16 year old who had her tongue pierced, it got infected, tongue was horrible looking with swelling and infectious drainage. Smelled bad too.........shivers....


Specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.

I've seen several tongue piercings get badly infected.

Pretty icky - quite frankly.


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If your school doesn't allow piercings then you can get a special type of jewelry to hide it. There is one called no c-um which is either a clear barbell or a metal one with flesh colored ends so that it blends in with you tongue. Look around on the Internet for them. Good Luck :cool:

jschut, BSN, RN

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In our classes we weren't allowed to have them either. Some folks did anyway though.

I guess it's all right, but I don't thnk they should be allowed in LTC where some people there are confused and upset anyway, then to see someone come their way with pierced eyebrows and tongues and lips and noses....just a bit much, I say.

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