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Is It Ok for a Male Nurse in Clinical to Have a Beard? by Idowu Olabode : August 11, 2017, 08:34:19 AM
Last month we shared a picture of Nigerian Registered Nurse on Facebook page and a comment from a Ghanaian Nurse questioning why he should keep his beard generated a hot debate.

We subsequently turned to our experts (our Facebook fans)  on their thoughts on male nurses with beards and here are their responses:

"I'm a nurse, male for that matter, beard makes me more handsome, beard keeping is more of personal decision and not a professional stuff, if they claim beard keeping habour microbes, what of woman hair? Let leave the mini problem and focus on major ones, and by the way kicking against beard keeping is nothing but misconception of nursing ethics"
Olabode Slidin N from Nigeria

"Beard is one major characteristics of being a man and the phenomenon of human (male) growth, which naturally occurs at certain stage. The question is what effect does beard have on nursing a patient? It seems the answer is quite far from my imagination. If keeping beard by nurses affect the rate of patient recovery negatively, then I will help the call for male nurses to trim, but anything short of this, beard should be well kempt and/or trimmed to fit the face of an individuals nurse." Senanu Fekanorvi from Ghana

The major problem is that nursing itself has lots of non-scientific principles that have been inculcated into the system as a practice and the "old generation" would force these unscientific practices down the throat of the present day "jet age" nurses.

I am to start my hospital finals (prerequisite to nursing council for November) by Tuesday and I dare not take a "haired". Take note "haired" jaw to the ward,I'll be almost crucified as if I want to introduce Ebola virus intravenously.

I sometimes fathom the reason. Maybe they want to make feminine, the male nurses. Render them clean shaved like a baby bottom. The usual complaint of infection, do nurses kiss patients to observe vitals?

Nursing needs a paradigm shift from this lackluster practices and be more scientific in our approach to things.
Tetra Harlarny from Nigeria

"In Ghana beards are not allow in nursing.And we are taught in nursing training college "  Grace Fiadjoe

However, others are of the opinion that beard keeping by male nurses is a NO, NO. Here are some comments against it:
Ernest Bar Eze made this comment
" It's wrong to carry beard ad a nurse because it can harbour infective organisms and be a source of infection to the client." to which many that replied to him seems not to share the same view with. Here are the comments his response generated :

I just think others codes of ethics are made by people own don't do nails...earings really?
Patencie Lelester from Kenya

Should we shave off our hairs and keep baldness too?
It can also harbour infection

Oh how???? Then we shouldn't keep hair on our heads!!! Talk science and not philosophy
Stephen Tsatsu Anyigba Jnr

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