Male Chest Hair and Scrub Tops - page 6

What is your vote? Should a male nurse wearing a scrub top and has chest hair be required to wear a T shirt underneath in order to cover up the chest hair?... Read More

  1. by   Mugwump53
    I voted against the T-shirt.

    I don't wear a T-shirt because it is too d--- hot. I definitely wouldn't wear a turtleneck!!!! They say that men don't go through menopause, but I get some pretty good hot flashes (I'm 52). I guess it comes from working so long with women--I have been an OB nurse for 12 years now, but I got hot flashes in Nursing school back in 1986.

    Talk to the scrub makers and have them make round necks instead of V. I know of an MD who wears scrubs backwards, so no one will peek (AS IF!!!). I notice that zippered and buttoned tops are a thing of the past. I do agree with the manscaping if you are extra hairy, but I also don't intend on shaving my arms, especially when I have worked with women with much hairier arms than mine.

    Then there is the colors of scrubs I get stuck with sometimes!!

    Facial jewelry, fingernails from hell (male and female), beards/chin hairs (male and female), mustaches (male and female), long hair hainging in your work (male and famale), camel toes, body/mouth odor (male and female) and visible cracks (butt or clevage) can all be distracting, offensive and unprofessional. What can we pick on next? You are bound to offend someone eventually.
  2. by   Nitengale326
    On one hand waaay to funny on the other, way to serious. I was pleased to see someone posted how the media and fashion industries have reshaped the image of the all american woman into a thin, anorexic, prepubescent "sex kitten". Guys TAKE A STAND!!!! Dont let this happen to you. You are right. T shirts are hot and yes they do hang out from your sleeves. In order to get that military look you have to find a good brand that form fits and most times still will need to b e ironed. Who wants that??? If you prefer to cover it up... get a cheap t shirt and cut out a form that will fit in the V neck and sew it in place. (Like a lady's lace panel to hide cleavage). You don't get the verbal crap, you don't get the verbal insults, you don't have to manscape (unless you prefer) and you still maintain YOUR air of professionalism.
    I voted no. It is your choice, not mine. I think there are much more important issues to address regarding "attire and appearance". Fake nails for one, long hair dangling in a sterile field, (like foley insertion!) flipping that same hair 40 times a shift.... who does she think she is.... CHER???? Hip hugger scrubs... waist bands that have been rolled over and over and now we get to see the thongs and panties or the bras that are nonexistence and the boobs look like 2 pigs under a blanket fighting to get out.
    Chest hair is natural so wear it proudly. Having been a nurse forever and a patient a few times... a few chest hairs have not caused my knees to go weak or gross me out. Tongue rings clicking on the back of teeth... now that has grossed me out!
  3. by   dwilsonrn
    I worked at a hospital once that wanted to require all personnel in OR...including doctors...to wear panty hose because of the amount of pubic hair on the OR floor!!!! You can just imagine how well THAT went over!!

    dwilsonrn
  4. by   ProfRN4
    you know, nobody brought up the 'barber' looking shirts as an alternative. the guys had to wear these in nursing school (with the collar and the zipper down the middle). i know a male nurse that wears those (he's older, and it seems to suit him- maybe it's for this reason :chuckle ).
  5. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from dwilsonrn
    i worked at a hospital once that wanted to require all personnel in or...including doctors...to wear panty hose because of the amount of pubic hair on the or floor!!!! you can just imagine how well that went over!!
    i'm such a simpleton- every post makes me crack up (at first, i wasn't sure whose pubic hairs you were referring to).
  6. by   JVanRN
    I still cant get over the pubic hair/pantyhose thing...is this really a wide spread problem...just the thought of pubic hair all over the place....ewwww.
  7. by   tferdaise
    Male nurse here, hairy chest with gold chain, I don't wear a T-shirt. I have tried the T-shirt in the past but I just end up sweating too much...


    Tony/PHX :angryfire
  8. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from tferdaise
    male nurse here, hairy chest with gold chain, i don't wear a t-shirt. i have tried the t-shirt in the past but i just end up sweating too much...
    doesn't the hair get caught in the chain (or vice versa)?? :chuckle
  9. by   greyhair
    Glad we can still have fun even if the things and people that we work with aren't the best all the time. I have been a nurse for 30 years and I like it both ways. Some fabric irritates my skin and then I wear a T shirt, I also get warm and tend to sweat so deoderant and no T shirt under a loose cotton scrub are great sometimes.
    This thread has been fun. Thanks people, hope you all have a great day.
  10. by   Nitengale326
    Quote from bonemarrowrn
    you know, nobody brought up the 'barber' looking shirts as an alternative. the guys had to wear these in nursing school (with the collar and the zipper down the middle). i know a male nurse that wears those (he's older, and it seems to suit him- maybe it's for this reason :chuckle ).
    how did they know it was the staff's hair or that it was indeed pubic. i have seen a few chest hairs that resemble those of the pubic variety.... can you see a doc *****ing "i just got a run... got any nail polish so i can stop it before i start the surgery?" and some with those big gorilla hands... yeah that'll be the day!
  11. by   jeepgirl
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    I don't wear t-shirts because I don't like the way they hang down below my sleeves.

    I also have a hairy chest and wear my scrubs without a t-shirt. I manuscape and trim the hairs because I don't like the hair hanging out the v-neck, bt it's very clear I have hair on my chest.

    I don't think it should be mandated one way or another just because a guy has a hairy chest.
    what about those tank tops -- are they called wife beaters?
  12. by   azmimi
    I voted that a man should not be required to wear a t-shirt. A man should be able to evaluate each situation and act accordingly.....some work environments are very warm and a t-shirt would make a guy very uncomfortable....some cities are very hot (even with air-conditioning).
    I am a married female and I can only say that after many years of marriage have learned that men and women have totally different thermostats!! My guy lays nearly buck naked in bed at night when I am under a quilt, so I have empathy for the guys.....then, they have the option to groom at the neck line. It is all negotiable as far as I can see.
    Thanks for a fun thread!!!:chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  13. by   Farkinott
    Quote from jennyRNnicu
    and as long as the man is NOT wearing a gold medallion...we used to have a Dr. that did that and he also insisted that all the nurses call him "Nick" (his first name) and he used to call me "angel" (ewww...full body shiver). I guess when I think of male chest hair and scrub tops I think of that icky Dr. We used to call him "Dr. Feelgood" (behind his back of course)...he totally reminded me of a character out of a cheesy 70's adult movie. Ewwww.....So chest hair is not to bad....but please not in combo with thick gold chains with medalions and/or fanny packs (unless you work in a place fanny packs are convenient) This Dr. really didn't need one. (And no he wasn't a diabetic or had any life threating allergy that warrented a fanny pack)
    Jenny,
    Despite that guy's sleazy behaviour science has proven that gold chains around the necks of hairy men are of the utmost importance........................it's lets them know where to stop shaving!

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