Nursing and tattoos - page 28

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  1. by   CityKat
    So what about nurses and piercings? I have some that are visible I'm afraid of getting a tattoo. Truth be told, I am afraid of needles when it comes to me...
  2. by   Atheos
    I am deathly afraid of needles which is why every now and then I get something pierced and then let it heal. I am also afraid of heights and go bungie jumping and sky diving. You can't let your fears rule you...
  3. by   woknblues
    I find that almost as interesting as the tattoos often are, are the stories that go along with them.

    I have a rather large and exotic tattoo on my leg, concealable unless wearing the birthday suit, or shortish shorts. Or in a VERY comfortable seated position with regular shorts.

    I sure don't mind tattoos on anyone, and can't see the professional aspects of having them, or not having them. Does everyone who does NOT have a tattoo instantly become "professional"?

    Scary, I think I basically posted the same argument on the marijuana thread.
  4. by   Iam46yearsold
    Quote from Stanley-RN2B
    I am deathly afraid of needles which is why every now and then I get something pierced and then let it heal. I am also afraid of heights and go bungie jumping and sky diving. You can't let your fears rule you...

    Sky diving is fun isnt it.

    Tattoos are interesting and very teling are they not.

    Piercings have their pros and cons., seen some nasty infections in the ER from them.
  5. by   travisandjamie01
    I have 5 tattoes, but they can all be covered! I really like them, and am glad I didnt get them where they couldn't be covered up!
  6. by   nursejenni08BSN
    Quote from woknblues
    I find that almost as interesting as the tattoos often are, are the stories that go along with them.

    I have a rather large and exotic tattoo on my leg, concealable unless wearing the birthday suit, or shortish shorts. Or in a VERY comfortable seated position with regular shorts.

    I sure don't mind tattoos on anyone, and can't see the professional aspects of having them, or not having them. Does everyone who does NOT have a tattoo instantly become "professional"?

    Scary, I think I basically posted the same argument on the marijuana thread.
    I think the whole professional argument comes out of the fact that some people (not saying that it is right) tend to pre-judge when they see tattoos and even non-traditional piercings. I personally have 3 which are all covered by my scrubs. I also think that it has to do with where you live/work as to if people are accepting depending on how conservative or liberal they are.
  7. by   Iam46yearsold
    Quote from nursejenni08BSN
    I think the whole professional argument comes out of the fact that some people (not saying that it is right) tend to pre-judge when they see tattoos and even non-traditional piercings. I personally have 3 which are all covered by my scrubs. I also think that it has to do with where you live/work as to if people are accepting depending on how conservative or liberal they are.

    The majority of my piercings are out of visual range also. Except for ears and my nose. My nose has a diamond stud but nothing garish otherwise. I do stay out of the MRI room
  8. by   irishqd
    I have 5 tattoos, most are small. 2 show that I cannot hide w/ clothing. This has only been an issue at one job I had- when I was hired I was told that I had to use tape to cover them. After I started working (noc) I had so many patients ask me what was wrong with my hand/arm that it was bothersome. I thought, I would not want to be a patient w/ a nurse who had some unknown thing on her arm.. so I went to the DON. I was told that I didn't need to cover unless it became an issue. It never did. I have had several patients who wanted to ask for me but did not remember my name say; you know the nurse w/...and everyone knows who they want.
    Has anyone had trouble at work d/t theirs?
  9. by   Indy
    My newest (only my second) one is on my wrist, easily covered by a watch, or by my scrub jacket sleeve. I didn't know when I got my first one, that ten years later I'd be sorry because it isn't in a place where I can show it off; it still looks very pretty. So this year I aimed to get something that I could see and show off, etc.

    Anyhow I cover it during shift report, when my boss is around, or for anything that is work related during the daytime.
  10. by   woknblues
    Quote from nursejenni08BSN
    I think the whole professional argument comes out of the fact that some people (not saying that it is right) tend to pre-judge when they see tattoos and even non-traditional piercings. I personally have 3 which are all covered by my scrubs. I also think that it has to do with where you live/work as to if people are accepting depending on how conservative or liberal they are.
    I guess you summarized my rhetorical questions.

    I just can't stand the pre-judgers. The worst ones are RARELY the clients or even the bosses, in my experience. All too often, they are from a jealous coworker or colleague who dislikes you for some reason, and uses it to gain some perceived advantage.

    If people think it is 'unprofessional" than by logic, the opposite is true. Hey, anyone know any unprofessional non tattooed people? Thought so. There are so many important things in this world to worry about. What someone injects into their skin and calls art is not one of them. YMMV.
  11. by   nightshiftnut
    I understand that it is your body to do as you please...but I feel that the tats and piercings do look unprofessional. Might as well wear a black bra and undies under the white scrubs..maybe I'll express my individuality that way...
    Last edit by nightshiftnut on Nov 22, '08 : Reason: mispelled word
  12. by   Atheos
    If tats are unprofessional because it alters the body then why not go all out.

    Being overweight can be changed. Is it unprofessional to? How about being pregnant or ugly?

    A beard? Glasses. Wearing a religious symbol?

    What makes a tattoo unprofessional?

    If you have time to look at someone and judge them you have time to do some work. Bleh.
  13. by   flightnurse2b
    Quote from Stanley-RN2B
    If tats are unprofessional because it alters the body then why not go all out.

    Being overweight can be changed. Is it unprofessional to? How about being pregnant or ugly?

    A beard? Glasses. Wearing a religious symbol?

    What makes a tattoo unprofessional?

    If you have time to look at someone and judge them you have time to do some work. Bleh.


    you rock, stanley.

    i totally agree.

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