I can't believe that some people are saying you can't have empathy if you don't experience things such as bed baths, assessments, and, even worse, IVs, catheters, enemas, etc. Some are even saying that students should have to have these things practiced on themselves. Others have gone so far as to say that people who refuse to have these things done to themselves won't be good nurses and should find another career. That is completely wrong, and I think it's just squirrel poop nutty! Nobody should feel forced to let someone cross their personal boundaries just because they feel like they have to prove their desire to be a good nurse. Everyone's sense of modesty is different. Some people may have issues with their body and don't want other students touching them or seeing them. No one should ever have to feel uncomfortable.
Also, the student-patient relationship is a lot different than the student-student relationship. Everything done to a patient is professional, but students socialize with each other and see each other everyday. Things can get pretty awkward when you've practiced certain skills on each other.
I wonder how far all of these people who advocate forcing students to have invasive, embarassing, and private procedures practiced on themeselves are willing to go before they would draw the line if they were told they had to let someone do these things to them. My guess is, not very far at all.
I can understand you being annoyed that the student was willing to give injections to other students but not willing to let someone do it to her. If I don't want to have things done to me, I'll also refuse to do those things to another student. That's why we have mannequins.
However, being irked because you felt that she should be ok with someone practicing an injection on her just because she has loads of tats and piercings is ridiculous. I've had tons of piercings and (sorry if this is TMI) some are in hidden places that would be considered quite painful, but there's no way I'm going to let another student practice an injection or IV on me. I really don't care how silly an instructor thinks it is that I refuse. There's a big difference between getting a piercing that I want versus letting students practice invasive skills on me due to feeling obligated out of fear of what the instructor and other students are going to think of me for refusing.