Disturb you to see a tongue pierced? - page 9

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   mstigerlily
    I think it's unprofessional. It's all I can look at when they are talking. We were not allowed to have long nails, nose rings, facial piercings or tattoes in nursing school and have our hair neatly pulled back and nails and clothes clean and neat I think that was a good standard to aspire to.

    I work night shift and there is a guy from pharmacy who stocks the shelves and he has those huge holes in his ears with these giant - what are they - LOGS in his ears and I can't stop staring at him. He doesn't have patient contact so I guess it's ok but he just looks bizarre.


    Quote from mario_ragucci
    Do you think it's okay to wear a tongue-ring to work as a nurse, or other direct patient services aspect?
  2. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    I am not sure if it some pediatric (ooh shiney!) type of reaction or if I actually think it is cute but I don't mind a tongue piercing. As far as appearence I would rather have a clean neatly dressed person with body piercings rather than someone who looks like they haven't had a shower today, wearing clothes that look like they slept with the hogs, and their breath smelling like a smokey truck stop bathroom. Then again I had an ear piercing get infected and it got very bad before it got better. After that little expirience I am shy about holes in my body. If I ever get skinny and little and cute I may do a little work but as long as I am as fat as I am I don't want to draw attention to myself.
  3. by   LilRedRN1973
    After $12,000 worth of dental work to fix what a tongue ring did to my teeth, I will never, ever put anything like that into my mouth. I waited until I was 25 to get mine pierced, never really had any big dental problems. After about 3 or 4 years with it in, I had massive amounts of microscopic cracking in my teeth which then led to cavities, which then led to root canals, which failed and led to my four front lower teeth being pulled a few months ago and now I'm in the process of having implants. My in-laws are dentists and going through periodontal school right now....they've shown me enough pictures of what those piercings do the teeth and soft tissue. No thanks! I'll stick with my little tattoos and my navel and nose piercings.

    I do still think they look cool, though....sigh. Just wish they didn't cause the damage they do.

    Melanie = )
    P.S. My little sis is now going through what I did....19 cavities on her last visit to the dentist.....thanks to the good ol' tongue piercing. She has taken it out since that visit and will never put anything back into her mouth like that. She just gets everything else pierced instead....teehee!!!
  4. by   Jessy_RN
    IMO, not at work. It looks unprofessional
  5. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    I really think they are cute, one of my friends at work has his pierced and has switched to plastic balls after he did some major damage to his teeth. You just can't teach some people...... oh well, God gives us obstacles, I am sure our own ignorance is one of them. I am such a big chicken over pain that I will never have anything pierced or tattooed. I don't drink so I can't get drunk and blame it on the booze, besides who knows what all an intoxicated person would have done to their body, I shudder to think. However I do know a nurse that got drunk in nursing school and is now the proud owner of a tattoo of "Garfield in a leather jacket smoking a doobie" on her backside.
  6. by   healer_energy
    I think it is OK as long as I, or the patient, can't see it. I liked the "huge barbell" comment above! As I told my daughter... "You risk me vomitting all over you. So no, not as long as you live in my house". I think non visible body adornments make no difference. So what about tatoos, peculiar hair colors [like mine which is sort of pink] ? What really irritates me is the dressing up that goes on at Halloween. How can a person suffering pain or other discomfort contemplate a giggling witch? We are asking our patients to meet our needs for compliments when this happens.
  7. by   bth44
    Quote from mario_ragucci
    Do you think it's okay to wear a tongue-ring to work as a nurse, or other direct patient services aspect?

    Uggghhh. Because of the "oral pleasure" theory behind it, whenever I see someone with a tongue piercing, I just automatically assume they're a ****. I know it's awful, but I can't help it! But nine times out of ten, in my town, they really ARE skanks.

    Eyebrow piercings look retarded, too.
  8. by   DredQueen
    Most of the time you can't see someones tongue pierced unless they're a big mouth (and I mean that literally). I don't open my mouth really wide when i talk or laugh, most people didn't even know I had my tongue pierced unless I was playing with it. You can also buy those clear barbells that are even harder to see. It also depends on where the hole is on your tongue. Some people's are closer to the front, some are closer to the back. It's pretty much virtually undetectable unless someone JUST got it pierced and they talk really silly. I've had my tongue pierced twice in two diff spots, the only piercing i currently have is my nose ring, and I would not wear that as a CNA or a future nurse......U never know with some patients man...
  9. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    Well, Believe it or not, I am going tommorow to get my tongue pierced. Little old stick in the mud me. Me and several of my friends and coworkers got together and had a few too many(Shame on me) and I got brave, I told Sam, one of the other CNA's that I would pierce anything that he would pierce. Little did I know that he had secretly always wanted to turn himself into a pin cushion! He wants to pierce his tongue, both nipples, and his belly button. The belly button is too girly and I like to eat and talk so the tongue scares me. The same group is going with me tommorow, my best friend in the world is going to be there holding my hand, he has his done and swears I am stressing over nothing. We'll see. I would rather be pierced than tattooed, piercings can come off without being burned away. My friend Jeannie, an RN, asked me if I would respect a nurse with a tongue ring? I swear I don't know. I guess I would.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The more i assist in dental restorations at work on adults, and see how many people damage their teeth with tongue piercing, the dumber i think it is. You only get one set of teeth as an adult, why ruin it.
  11. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    Well my friends, rockets scientists they are not may I remind you all, say that if you wear the acryllic balls instead of the metal balls, after appropriate healing time that it won't hurt your teeth as bad. I know exactly what you mean about the tongue piercing destroying your teeth however, I have a friend that just turned 25 that has a partial plate necessary in part because of his tongue piercing.
  12. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    I have one and wear a clear, acrylic retainer in it. I have only had one person notice and that was when I had an actual barbell in.
  13. by   hipab4hands
    Quote from fergus51
    I think it's unprofessional looking, but it isn't forbidden in my hospital.
    I'm with you.
    There's no problem with expressing your wild side, if you want to. I just think it should be done on your own time, not at work.