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Joey mipanyarack
4 years ago
81 posts
I'm a male nurse and honestly I think they have made me a better nurse in a round about way. Because I know that people judge on appearance first I make it a point to start a connection right away with patients and family. More than once I have overhead that young man with the dreads I'd really nice. I really like him.
updated by @joey-mipanyarack: 05/30/15 05:32:38PM
Niesje Sigrid
4 years ago
56 posts

I work in a nursing home and my little dementia patients think I have braids a lot. Others see my beads and think they're pretty, but I have gotten some funny looks from their families. But mostly, they are just grateful that I take care of their mom/dad/grandma/grandpa/husband/wife just like they were my own. IDK about other medical fields, tho. I'm mostly exposed to the same type of person in my line of work,

Pranee RN
3 years ago
23 posts

I am one semester from graduating RN program at school. This first semester of Med Surg was the first time I had any issues with my dreads. I usually keep them covered in a tichel (beautiful Jewish head covering) due to the amount of germs in a hospital setting. The Dean of Nursing came to my clinical site for reviews and told me that my head covering was not part of the approved uniform. So then I kept my hair in a bun, which was a pony tail high on my head and tucked the dread ends back around as they are still too short for a real bun.

I am also a volunteer doula at a hospital and have a good rapport with my patients, their families, and the medical staff. I have never had negative comments made about my dreads in that setting although I did have to tell someone I do not use feces as a strengthener (I mean, what the heck? Wouldn't they be able to smell that? And I'm a redhead, that would be difficult to match with feces!).

3 years ago
44 posts
LOL, the level of dreadlock ignorance can be so staggering to the point of being comical. The thing about dreadlocks most do not understand is that you are placing yourself squarely in a obvious externally visible and easily identifiable minority. A hair minority. Most don't recognize it because they have never been a minority before. Just like all other minorities you are going to have to deal with ignorance and sometimes downright prejudice. It WILL make you stronger and a better more empathic open minded person if you let it. Just like all other minorities you will have to work a lot harder just to receive the same level of recognition as before. A general rule of thumb is twice the work for half the recognition. After you have proven yourself with a strong work ethic your team and patients will not even notice your hair, just your stellar performance. I also work in healthcare, so yeah I get it. Keep then clean by washing them often of course, in between washes use an essential oil spray to keep them smelling great. If they smell very good no one will question their cleanliness. I also pull them back and away from my face using a tam or a long wool headband from Buff headwraps.'s winter so their wool stock is depleted because of winter snow sports. I use the regular sport wraps when I run so they are a good choice too. It's just that wool helps the dreading process and the Marino wool is so soft, warm and comfy.And Yeah, I've heard the dog feces line once as well. The level of ignorance is just staggering sometimes.
Allan Joseph
3 years ago
1 posts
I really love this site. I needed all of this encouragement. I'm truly sick and tired of society trying to place everyone in the same category who has dreads. I'm compassionate, attentive, and competent while dealing with all my patients. I've just submitted my apps for physician assistant school and I'm determined to be one who breaks the prejudice of dreadlocks in society. I will wear mine with dignity, professionalism, and a neatness that won't be overlooked
updated by @allan-joseph: 07/23/15 11:36:02PM
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