Nurse Told She Can't Be A Nurse Because of Her Appearance

Nurse told she can't be a nurse because of her appearance

Recently, a nurse was told that because of her hair color she shouldn't be in the nursing profession. 


Mary Penney has several tattoos, ear piercings and her hair is dyed multiple colors. 

She has received criticism for looking unprofessional but says that the way she looks has nothing to do with her ability to perform her job. 

Penney shared her experience online and it's been shared 100,000 times. She says she doesn't "do negativity." and has a very positive outlook on life and her appearance, even though strangers stare at her and make mean comments. 

This all transpired when the young mother stopped at the store after work. She began conversing with the cashier about her profession. 

The cashier said, "The kind older lady said: 'Nothing against you honey, it's just not for me'." She went on to say that she was astonished that the nursing profession would allow people to look like Penney does. 

In an internet post from Penney, who considers herself to be a "Child of God", put her two cents in on the subject, "I can't recall a time that my hair color has prevented me from providing life-saving treatment to one of my patients.

"My tattoos have never kept them from holding my hand and as they lay frightened and crying because Alzheimer's has stolen their mind.
My multiple ear piercings have never interfered with me hearing them reminisce about their better days or listening to them as they express their last wishes."

"My tongue piercing has never kept me from speaking words of encouragement to a newly diagnosed patient or from comforting a family that is grieving."
"Please explain how my appearance while being paired with my cheerful disposition , servant's heart, and smiling face, has made me unfit to provide nursing care and unable to do my job."

Many people have offered positive comments to the nurse and have praised her and her appearance.

"I would hope to be cared for by someone like you. I think personal expression and acceptance of others as they are is something that we need a lot more of right now. Looks great to me and love your smile."- Meilin Suarez. 

Some of the comments include, "Mary, don't let anyone get you down you are a wonderful nurse, mother, and an incredible human being sounds to me like she was a little jealous keep on doing what you are doing."-Joyce Blankenship.

Do you think people with tattoos, piercings and/or dyed hair should be nurses? Do you think it's unprofessional?

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