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- Jul 2, '08 by WVUturtle514I'm actually going to agree with JWK on this one. I don't think tattoos evoke professionalism and I think it can give some people the wrong impression of your abilities and education. Unfounded? Yes, but still likely. I think the choice to get a tattoo is a personal decision, but also a very PERMANENT one. I know many, many people who have gotten tattoos and loved them......until about 10 years or so down the road and then they say, "Why did I do that?" I think if you choose to get a tattoo it needs to be non-visible at all times while working.....I can't imagine that a tattoo on your wrist would NEVER be visible, even if you wear a watch. I always hear people say, "Well I'm going to get the tattoo where no one can see it." Well, my question is: If no one can see it, then what is the point of having it? Just doesn't make sense to me. Good luck with your decision!
- Jul 2, '08 by AtheosTattoos aren't necessarily for showing off. Of course in scrubs you might not see them but in shorts and a sleeveless tee they are on display. Besides, the point of a tattoo is to decorate yourself with something that you feel important enough to make permanent. It's not for other people.
- Jul 3, '08 by deannicholasQuote from SRNA11While his/her comment was not worded as nicely as it should have been, I think that most people (silent majority, flyover states, red states) whatever you might call them, would agree with his statement. It might be unfair, uncool, close-minded or whatever, but our society isn't at the point yet where its members are ready to see their judges, politicians, doctors lawyers etc. walking around all tatted up. It is still too associated with bikers, strippers and horny college kidsi appreciate the for comment... however, the tattoo will be completely covered by a watch when i am working. actually i know a number of fabulous surgeons, doctors, and anesthesia professionals (and i work at a very highly ranked and elite hospital) that have visible tattoos and I truly don't think patients think they are unprofessional because of it. I think your comment was a bit harsh and unwarrented.
- Jul 4, '08 by yeSICUWhen it is common place to hear a tattoo located on the lower back of a female referred to as a "tramp stamp", I would say that tattoos are not quite in the widely socially accepted category yet (esp. for women I dare to say). Ultimately it is your choice, but it is not without possible prejudice. More importantly, your patient population needs to feel safe and in the care of a professional. There are generational/religious/social gaps that are very real, and while in the ivory tower everyone judges everybody in a fair and just manner the real world just isn't like that. Just my two cents.
Congratz btw! Awesome accomplishment!
- Jul 6, '08 by jwkIt's interesting that, except for the OP, very few anesthetists have posted in response to the question posed, and the few that have seem to be generally opposed to the idea of visible tattoos.
- Jul 6, '08 by JettaDPQuote from jwkIs that really fair? What does job title have to do with anything? I'm not a CRNA. I'm not even a nurse yet. I don't start NS until this fall. Does that mean I am/will be unprofessional or lack good judgement because I don't have a Masters degree yet? As many have pointed out, they have seen doctors and advanced practice nurses with visable tattoos. So again I ask you, what does job title have to do with anything?It's interesting that, except for the OP, very few anesthetists have posted in response to the question posed, and the few that have seem to be generally opposed to the idea of visible tattoos.
- Jul 6, '08 by jwkQuote from spring05Re-read my posts, #4, #9, and especially #13.Is that really fair? What does job title have to do with anything? I'm not a CRNA. I'm not even a nurse yet. I don't start NS until this fall. Does that mean I am/will be unprofessional or lack good judgement because I don't have a Masters degree yet? As many have pointed out, they have seen doctors and advanced practice nurses with visable tattoos. So again I ask you, what does job title have to do with anything?
Clearly many of you see no problems with tattoos, visible or otherwise, in professionals. Fine. You have your opinion, I have mine. I'll just leave it with this...
Here's what many of you want to argue and/or choose to ignore - when it comes to hiring, you don't get to make the decisions, and your opinion doesn't count. The only person whose opinion counts from an employment perspectice is the person who says "hire her", or "hire him", or "don't hire her" or "don't hire him. It's as simple as that. You can ramble on all you want about "it's my body, it's my right". Keep on ramblin'.
Chances are, you probably won't even know why you weren't hired, even if you ask. There is no obligation for any employer to tell you why someone else was hired and you weren't. Like it or not, it's our call, not yours. It's that simple.
- Jul 6, '08 by yeSICUI was under the impression that professionalism was not innate to CRNAs only. I will remember my place in the future, as just a nurse that is a CRNA wannabe... (just playing around a bit )