Are nurses allowed to have facial piercings?


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Specializes in Quality Control,Long Term Care, Psych, UM, CM. Has 18 years experience.

As a side note, it really gets to me when people say it's not professional to have piercings/tats. What is your definition of professional? Am I an RN too? Did I pay off the BON to give me my license? As nurses, we are supposed to be NON-JUDGMENTAL!!!!!!

Why am I less professional than anyone else? So I guess police officers, doctors, and teachers who have tats or piercings are not professional too.

This is 2013, not 1800. Times have changed. It is ok to have facial piercings/visible tats. I can do my job just as well as anyone else, my tats and piercings do not mean I'm going to neglect or abuse my patients. Stop; get over the facial piercings and tats. We as nurses have more important issues to worry about.


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Specializes in Peri-Op. Has 10 years experience.

Sorry but low self esteem and being self conscience about a large nose are two different things.

Also, her self esteem wouldn't be based on her piercing. She would have gotten a piercing in because of her self conscience over her larger nose.....

Caribbean Character said:
Read the whole thread before making an uninformed comment. The OP claimed her self esteem was based on her piercing.
Specializes in FNP, ONP. Has 25 years experience.

I wouldn't hire a nurse with visible piercings or facial jewelry. My staff represents me, and that is not the image I am looking to put forward. I doubt I'm the only one who feels this way, or in the minority even.

So, the bottom line is, do you care? Is it a risk you are willing to take? It has been pointed out that many people work in environments that do not object, so it's a crap shoot. There is a good chance it would affect your employment opportunities, but would you even want to work someplace where you couldn't have the accessories you want?

I personally think that this is a silly hill to die on, but only you can decide that for yourself.


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Some places limit piercings because of a safety issue. Imagine a confused agitated patient grabbing hold of a lip, nose or eyebrow ring. Ouch! I've had a cartilage piercing almost ripped out and let me tell you, it is NOT fun.


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unless you work pedi or ob, many of your patients will be older. i worked with a cna who had a small stud in her nose, and one of the old men thought it was a booger.


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Specializes in Peds Medical Floor. Has 12 years experience.

In school I had to take all of my ear piercings out. At work I can wear whatever I want and the only thing anyone cares about is that I can do my job safely. Since I work with kids I wear minimal jewelry so nothing gets grabbed.


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I really dislike the idea that people base their opinion of "professional" on whether someone has a tattoo or piercing but that is the way of the world. Especially among the older crowd (who tend to be your patients and bosses}. Hopefully in 50 years that will all change, but I strongly advise you to wear a clear stud or just take it out when you're at work or school. Might as well not give them a reason to make a shallow and closed-minded assessment of your character based on a harmless piece of jewelry you chose to wear.


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Im sure most nurses here are pretty wild and crazy on their days off; getting drunk, doing drag, going to swinger clubs, or participating in roller derby, etc. One thing most nurses (no matter how 'wild' they may be) can agree on, is that we are professionals. We stayed up studying into the wee hours of the morning, we slaved through clinics, we took test until we wanted to self harm...all to obtain that degree and pass that NCLEX so we could call ourselves nurses.

As you know, the public sets high standards for us nurses. We are to be proper and look the part of a professional nurse. Can you imagine yourself being deathly ill, and meeting your nurse...shes all tatted up, cherry red hair with blue streaks, a nose, eye and lip peircing...what would be your first impression? Now she may be an AWESOME nurse, but you wont truly trust thats shes skilled and competent until you have more interaction with her. Or you may not trust her at all and always question her judgement because of how she presented herself. I would even question why the unit manager would allow his/her staff to come to work that way.

Bottom line, even if the hospital says its okay to work dressed as a clown, you have to hold yourself to a higher standard. Take pride in your profession and yourself. Look the part of an educated professional.

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Specializes in Cath Lab & Interventional Radiology. Has 7 years experience.

I worked at a nursing home where almost everybody had some sort of piercing. It was no big deal to have a nose ring. At my current hospital, no piercings except earrings are allowed. I have had my nose pierced for quite a while, so I just take my nose ring out on work days.

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The real issue you need to discuss is why a nose ring brings up your selfesteem.


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I was just going to comment "if work doesn't, school will!" I see I'm not alone in that! ;)

In addition to the professionalism issue, having extra holes in your face probably won't be very good for your health. If you're planning on working in a germ-factory setting (AKA: hospital) you will be constantly exposed to various pathogens, not the least of which being MRSA or VRE.


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wordsofmymouth said:
My nursing school is super strict about everything from makeup to hairstyles to piercings to undershirts. Unfortunately, though the student pays (a lot) for nursing school, he or she can't call the shots. Here's to hoping my future workplace will be a little more lenient.

Nor should the student call the shots. If a student can't handle the dress code restrictions, how will he/she deal with all the potential limitations (not just dress code) an employer may require.

Nursing is a profession that doesn't lend itself to let you let your freak flag fly. (Not particularly referring nose piercings.) Get used to having to adapt now. It makes it easier when you're going for that first nursing job.