Pink hair nurse

As a lot of you know I am a nurse and midwife by training but these days I amuse myself with my fabulous natural on-line baby company Earth Babies but the time has come that I might need to supplement my income a little. So I have been weighing up the idea of doing night duty.

I am Palliative care trained – care of terminally ill. I worked and taught at hospice here in SA and the UK. Doing some night duty shifts at the hospice where I used to work would pay me resonably well for the time spent and with it only being 7 beds it would be a nice way to ease back into nursing. I have not actually nursed in 5 years. I am not that fond of the hands on part but it will be nice to work with patients and their families again. I am very good at that. Not everyone is comfortable with death and dying but to me helping make someone’s last days as good as they can be is a privileged and honor. Symptom and pain control is a vast field of knowledge in palliative care and will be a great get back into it.

So this brings we on to my question. I have pink hair, for my current job it does not matter but if you or one of your family members was dying would it matter to you? Please be honest and if brave enough leave a comment as to why you voted like you did. Thanks

14 thoughts on “Pink hair nurse

  1. I voted it would depend on the actions and not the hair.

    I have kind of got used you with pink hair and knew you before pink hair so it does not matter. Maybe before i got used to it i might have been a bit wary (because of preconceived ideas) when you walked in but would soon have felt at ease because of who you are.

  2. I think it wouldn’t matter as long as it didn’t seem like you were taking their situation lightly. You’d have to answer the question about why your hair is pink ALL the time though – are you ready to have a million conversations about it?

  3. If a nurse with pink hair would make my last weeks, months of dying a little more exciting at least. They certainly wouldn’t forget you. It makes NO difference what someone looks like – its the care you’d give the person that would make a difference.

    I personally would welcome your quirkiness in my final days.

  4. I voted No. It simply has nothing to do with anything. The bigger trouble I suppose is that in palliative, most of your patients are likely to be elderly, raised in a different age, so perhaps you may encounter some conservatism ? Especially up north in Pretoria (it’s my old hometown… I know).
    On the other hand, without being demeaning in any way, your new boobs can probably do quite a bit to make a patient’s last days that little more pleasant (just for the looking of course) – after all, how many pretty girls with fine figures do the average dying old man see ?

    But nobody ever said before the op, you couldn’t be a great nurse, because that’s a total side issue, what matters is how good a nurse you are, and I have no doubt you’re a great one (the fact that you worry before even starting about something like this is a very good sign), and the color of your hair must matter the least.

    All that said… I’m not all that worried actually, even with the most conservative old patients. The reason being the elderly in Pretoria in particular are well known for the most extravagant hair coloring. Grey-haired old ladies have been turning their silver into pinks, purples and blues for as long as I can remember. Apparently it’s only punk if the hair underneath isn’t gray yet ! πŸ˜›

    Basically, I think it would make no difference at all to the vast majority of your potential patients.

  5. I think initially I would be extremely sceptical and perhaps prejudge you thinking that you do not take life or your job seriously. But because I do know you I know that you are one of the most caring and compassionate people I know. I think you would need to make a concerted effort in your first meetings with new patients & their families to put them at ease, so that they see your wonderful heart and not your pink hair.

  6. I voted ‘actions rather than hair colour.

    Having met you only once, I already see you as kind and caring and sweet.

    If you are even a 10th as kind, caring, sensitive and sweet as Sr Sue, the hospice home cair nurse that looked after my dad, I am sure that within 5 minutes of meeting you the patients and their families will be beyond happy to have you caring for them.

  7. I have been in hospital many many times and come across many many nurses. I can not tell you the colour of their hair but I remember clearly the faces of the kind ones. I even remember how one smelt πŸ™‚

  8. It would depend on your actions rather than hair colour. But if I was dying and could choose between two equally capable nurses, I would choose the one with pink hair. It’s sort of a cheerful, happy colour, isn’t it?

  9. Sally having been through what I went through now with my mom, the colour of the nurses hair, skin, eyes didnt mean anything. It was thier manner, thier caring, thier actions that counted.

  10. It wouldn’t matter to me… or I think the patients. But seriously, I think you’re going to have a problem getting passed the fuddy duddies that run those organisations

  11. If I was a patient or family member it wouldnt worry me in the slightest.

    Your hair is so very you. It would be a pity if you changed it to fit in.

  12. i think, it would probably bother me at first… i really hate to admit it tho πŸ™
    i’d struggle to take someone in a medical position seriously… BUT – that said… as soon as i see that you are professional and know what you are doing, i’d have to eat humble pie πŸ™‚

    Like Jenty says, i think u may struggle to get a foot in the door with pink hair tho :/

  13. I voted for it would depend on their actions but have we all been affected by knowing you (and in my case a friend whilst at university who I still know but now has black hair!)? We know hair colour makes no difference but would that be the case for people meeting you for the first time? As said above their will be some prejudice that you have to get passed first. I know my mum would have commented loads whilst still well enough and once the drugs/cancer had reduced her inhibitions. Still would have given her something more interesting to focus on!!

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