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Facial hair?

by Nathan_Brody Nathan_Brody (New) New

Are male nurses allowed to have facial hair? Just wondering because I usually grow a beard in the winter time during hunting season......that ride to the duck blind can be pretty rough on your face,lol.

I am still doing clinicals for my BSN (graduating in May :smiley_aa ) and I have had my beard for the past two semesters. I have asked several of my instructors if it would be a problem, but none of them discouraged me from wearing it.

Before starting nursing school, however, I worked as a nursing assistant in the OR. During my orientation in the hospital, I was told I would not be able to be fitted for a respiratior with the beard on. Since I had close patient contact, that would be important, so I shaved it off.

I am still not sure what a fellow with a beard, nurse or otherwise, is suppose to do if he had to deal with a TB patient. So, if anyone found a way to work around that, I'd like to know!


Unfortunately, the N-95s need to be fitted without the beard..........

Havin' A Party!, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU, CM, Geriatrics, Management. Has 10 years experience.

Both male profs in our program sport moustaches.

Several nurses at my hospital also. FWIW, none have full beards. Two docs do.


Specializes in Periop, CNOR.

I have a goatee that I keep trimmed short (OR nurse). As long as my test fit was ok, no problem. :)


Specializes in Hospital, PDN, rehab, corrections.

I wear a goat- but keep it short to fit into a duck mask. I used to wear a beard and had to use "the hood". It's a positive pressure "helmet" like HAZMAT teams wear. It was a big pain to wear and frightened some patients.

Wearing a full beard.

Must wear a positive pressure hood for airborn bacteria situations but this only happens a couple time a year wear I work. I'd shave if it became a problem.

Walter :redbeathe

I feel I'm missing out in this forum/chat...I'd love to be able to grow facial hair so I can take part in this chat. LOL Seriously though, in the placements I have been as a student here in good ol New Zealand it appaers that goatees are about as far as a man can go, for the reasons mentioned already



I have a trimmed goatee, i work in icu and no-one has ever mention the issue to me here in the uk. My personal feeling is a well trimmed and clean facial groom poses little infection risk. Now, changing the subject a bit. I've onlt just noticed my scrubs fall back off the shoulders, my shoulder hair is on show and i wondered has anyone considered a back wax? my girlfriend, and several nurses say i should!!!!! :stone

nursetim, NP

Specializes in ER, HH, CTICU, corrections, cardiology, hospice. Has 19 years experience.

I have worked ER and home health with a goat for years. Before I was a nurse I worked in the OR as an anesthia tech. I had a full beard then. The NM issued an edict that all male personel were to be clean shaven siteing (sp?) a bogus study. Long and short of it we said that if the docs don't have to shave why should we? The issue was dropped, have had a goat ever since :D .


Specializes in MICU, SICU, CICU. Has 12 years experience.

Since I work on a respiratory floor and TB admits are common, I choose to stay clean-shaven. I absolutely hate wearing PAPRS, and much prefer the N-95.

nursemike, ASN, RN

Specializes in Rodeo Nursing (Neuro). Has 12 years experience.

I wear a moustache, which fits comfortably inside a mask and looks darned good without one. On a few occassions I've had to wear a cap to deal with patients with parasites. Next time, I really intend to remember a paper mask, as well. So far, I haven't acquired any passengers, but I do find myself scratching my upper lip and wishing I'd worn a mask.

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