Disturb you to see a tongue pierced? - page 10

Do you think it's okay to wear a tongue-ring to work as a nurse, or other direct patient services aspect?... Read More

  1. by   DorkyStudentNurse
    I just joined this site and I'm very glad this topic exists because I'm sort of in a dilemma here!

    I have had my tongue pierced for over three years now. As dumb as it sounds, I've gotten quite attached to it. I have no lisp or speech impediment as some people think you get upon piercing your tongue (everyone I've encountered has only lisped for the period of time that the tongue is swollen after the initial piercing). I never play with it, and most people don't know I have it. I've just begun nursing school and in our handbook, it states that tongue piercings are not permitted during clinicals. However, I know many nurses in my area who work in hospital settings and do have tongue piercings. Why are the rules on piercings different for clinicals than for actually being a nurse in a hospital? I'd really rather not take mine out, but I would definitely wear a clear retainer in the workplace. Do you think this would be a problem if I just wore a retainer to clinicals? I'll take it out if it's absolutely necessary (haha, I value my education and career far more than my tongue piercing!) but I don't see how it would be a problem. Hmm.
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    My school had a rule against them, so does the facility i work at.

    (Thank God.)
  3. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    Well Friends and Neighbors, I have a tongue piercing. It hurts a lot! It actually feels a lot better now, the first few days were rough but I am a big boy and will be fine.
  4. by   babybee3184
    Definitely not. It's completely unprofessional and the stereotype still hangs around that it = slutty. I don't want someone representing me that wears a tongue ring. There are still too many old fashioned people; and the elderly number will only increase. Just please wear it in your own time or if you are not around patients. That's my opinion
  5. by   schoolgirl2006
    I too have my tongue pierced. I've had mine for almost 8 years and don't plan on taking it out any time soon(Don't get me wrong...I wouldn't choose it over a job...I'm crazy, not dumb!). In the 3 years I've worked in the hospital/LTC setting, it's been noticed maybe twice by patients. The charge nurse at the home didn't even realize I had it until I had been working there for 2 years. I don't play with it or click it against my teeth...and though they've got a bad reputation...I'm a good girl. :angel2:
  6. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    It will be two weeks tommorow and to be brutally honest, which I am good at, for the first three to five days I would have taken it out and thrown it into the river in a minute, now after some time, I actually don't mind it at all.