Nursing and Piercings? - page 3
Hey guys I was wondering if nurses are allowed to have any piercings that are visible... like on your face I wanted to get an eyebrow piercing at the arch of my eyebrow but I know that you're not... Read More
Apr 5, '03No visible facial piercings or tongues where I work either. I think that to be treated like a professional, you should look like one, not someone who is going out clubbing or whatnot. Just MHO.
Apr 6, '03I would be concerned about your safty. If you have ever had a patient grab and pull an earing or necklace you will appreciate where I am comming from. Unfortunately it does happen.
Hoops are just too big a temptation for some patients.
Second. It is true that these forms of self expression are not indication of anything except a personal fashion sense. That said the fact still remains that many people find it difficult to take seriously someone with a less concevative appearance.
We do judge by appearance and that will not change. Nurses have such a poor image problem as it is; I personally would not what to contribute or add fuel to this. Though I do not have any unusual permanent alterations to my appearance such as pericings tatoos etc., you can bet that my professional appearance and my private off duty appearance are different.
Apr 6, '03Originally posted by Agnus
We do judge by appearance and that will not change. Nurses have such a poor image problem
They'll judge you on appearance, religion, gender, accent, race, shoes, color, car, etc. You betcha.
Apr 6, '03maybe it's the "old fart" in me, but i think multiple piercings and tats have NO place in a profession struggling so hard to be SEEN as a TRUE PROFESSION! (like pharmacy, phy. therapy, etc.) I have NO problem with people exercising their freedom to dress how they want. And I find some tatoos and piercings intriguing and attractive in the right setting.
BUT, If you want to look like Marilyn Manson, fine. Do it in a field other than nursing, where respect is short enough without us doing ourselves in with HUGE, numerous tats, multiple piercings, strong perfume, long, dagger-like germ factory fingernails, and loud makeup/hair--- no apologies here for what I am saying.Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 6, '03
Apr 6, '03Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
maybe it's the "old fart" in me, but i think multiple piercings and tats have NO place in a profession struggling so hard to be SEEN as a TRUE PROFESSION! (like pharmacy, phy. therapy, etc.) I have NO problem with people exercising their freedom to dress how they want. And I find some tatoos and piercings intriguing and attractive in the right setting.
BUT, If you want to look like Marilyn Manson, fine. Do it in a field other than nursing, where respect is short enough without us doing ourselves in with HUGE, numerous tats, multiple piercings, strong perfume, long, dagger-like germ factory fingernails, and loud makeup/hair--- no apologies here for what I am saying.
All I mentioned was a little eyebrow piercing
Apr 6, '03Wearing jewelry is taking a risk in nursing. I wore a cross on a chain for a short while during the time I was in LTC. Had a patient grab the necklace and twist it up in my throat and tried to choke me to death. He had his bedrails up and was pulling me across the bed. When I told him he was choking me, he told me that he knew it. When I told him he was hurting me, he said good. Took three people to get him to let go. Needless to say, I quit wearing my necklace that night.
Apr 6, '03Originally posted by Wuiteroz
All I mentioned was a little eyebrow piercing
Apr 6, '03It's really too bad that you can't just take off your piercing during work and then put it back on whenever you want to.
It's so painful, I wouldn't even try.
I guess there will always be issues with someone's professional conduct and how they present themselves.
But I understand the whole patient-might-harm-you when you're wearing jewelry at work, I never thought of that.
Do you get that a lot?
Why do people keep saying things like BluEyes..
do it in a field other than nursing, where respect is short enough without us doing ourselves in..
Is it really that bad..?
LoL I guess you're right that one piercing or tattoo most of the time leads to getting another ..
I don't think it'd be the case with me, though.
Apr 6, '03Our hospital just revised it's dress code and no facial peircing are allowed except for documented religious resons. All visiable tattoos must be covered.
Peircing and tattoos are a personal choice, but just be aware that they may limit your choices when it comes to places of employment.
Apr 7, '03Well, this will probably start a war...How come male nurses can have beards? I don't have a piercing, but always wanted a small one outside nostril....I see both points ( no piercing pun intended), but I think most places are way too strict....
Apr 7, '03You know, I have seen elderly patients (and a few not so old ones too!) grab any and all available body parts when they are confused and agitated. I just don't feel like I want to give them one more thing to grab. I once had this tiny ancient lady grab my nipple and twist it for all she was worth- thank goodness I wasn't pierced or she would have ripped any jewelry out without trying.
I also think that multiple piercings and tattoos should not be on any professionals, nurses in particular. The majority of our patients are the elderly, we are trying to help them heal and should not be presenting them with any mental or emotional discomfort at a time when they are already often stressed from their illness and from their needing to be dependant on others. Anything that we do that marks us as "our just being individuals" may be something that can alienate them from the very help they need.
I think back to my DH's dear Aunt Hazel being 83 and in a rehab unit (after she broke her hip last year) where about 90% of the employees were black and she had never been exposed to any different races before. Her confusion was worsened by the fact that there were so few whites around (sorry, but her small town in Minnesota did not have blacks; I am not being racist here; just stating the fact). After her confusion cleared, she told me she thought that everyone "dressed funny" in that rehab unit-- I do remember her telling several of the CNA's that they had "nice outfits" but only later figured out what she meant. BTW, she was also legally blind, so don't judge her as racist either.
As a nurse, I reallly feel my duty is to my patients: and sometimes the best thing I can do is try to blend in with what they recognize as familiar faces. Tattoos and multiple piercings just aren't that common here in the Midwest.