I just read on the '37 applications' thread that you have tattoos, piercings, etc. Do you feel that having tattoos, etc. has had any affect on the way you are/were treated in school/profession? Are your tattoos visible or partially visible?
The reason, I ask is that I too have tattoos, right chest down to just above right elbow (is covered by scrubs
, unless I have to reach up for something), and my left shoulder is covered. It is interesting to me when people first notice that I have tattoos, they are almost in shock. I have always earned good grades in school and carry myself well. The only 'different' visible thing about me is that I have a shaved head.
I've noticed that some people are actually let down, and almost offended that I have tattoos...acting like I tricked them into thinking I was a nice, intelligent, young man. LOL!
Believe me, I don't hold this against them. It's definitely something that has been drilled into our heads since we were young. I might even discriminate if I was having sugery and the CRNA walked in with full sleeves and "love/hate" tattooed on his knuckels!
Anyhoooo, just wondering what your experiences have been in the SRNA/CRNA world concerning these things. I would imagine that in most areas of CRNA/SRNA practice it would be easy to keep tattoos hidden. Since I have decided to pursue the CRNA route I have decided to not get any visible tattoos - all will stay on chest, back, etc.
Thanks in advance for your input.
Jun 30, '03
I get a great deal of greif over Hepatitis risk, and a few people have mentioned my earings. They are 8 guage, bilateral captive bead hoops. You can see one of them in the CT of my head to the left. Mostly I was told where not to apply for a job with them.
On the tattoo front, besides the infectious disease references, I get a bunch of people asking me what my arm band is. Which is kind of funny, as only about 30% of the people that ask figure out that the arm band is a full set of chromosomes (XY accentuated) and the letters ATCG around my bicep. That tattoo is not covered by scrubs
, and is plainly visible. My other tattoo is on my shoulder blade, and only visible when I wear white scrubs, which I no longer wear since nursing school is over. whew.
Over all, no one has outwardly had a problem.
Last edit by nilepoc on Jul 2, '03