Nursing and tattoos - page 33

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  1. by   SMOKEY2112
    Quote from mesixfuture
    "Tattoos I don't mind - wouldn't get one but I don't mind them. Can't say the same for body piercings though - especially those in and around the mouth. I just can't stop staring at the rotten thing and it annoys me because I usually like to watch someones eyes when they are talking to me. Can't help it! I find myself focusing on the istud/ring whatever rather than the person's face."

    I have a tongue ring and while you might hate to look at "the rotten thing" if we met professionally, I guarantee you that I'm the nurse you'd want managing your drips, starting your lines, placing your catheter etc. should you ever be in my ER. So I understand that it might be a generational thing, etc etc, but just because a nurse chooses to have tattoos or body piercings doesn't mean they aren't at the top of their game.
    AGREED!! I really don't even think it's a generational thing....I just got my first piercing two weeks before this past Xmas...I was 40 years old.. I probably will get another one sometime this year! Different strokes for different folks is all it is...
  2. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    I don't have any, but I'm seriously considering having "DNR" in big red letters done across my chest.
  3. by   dudette10
    I have one on my ankle. I chose there so that 1) it wouldn't become distorted as I age, 2) I can see it and enjoy it, and 3) I can cover it up if need be or show it off if I choose to.
  4. by   bluemushroom
    I have one tattoo that's usually hidden but can be made visible pretty easily if I want it to be. I want 1 or 2 (or more ) in the future. I like piercings more, though. I've had 13 piercings, but I only have 8 now. I had to remove a few for nursing school and other reasons. I plan to get them all back plus a lot more since I'm done with school now.

    Quote from mesixfuture
    I have a tongue ring and while you might hate to look at "the rotten thing" if we met professionally, I guarantee you that I'm the nurse you'd want managing your drips, starting your lines, placing your catheter etc. should you ever be in my ER. So I understand that it might be a generational thing, etc etc, but just because a nurse chooses to have tattoos or body piercings doesn't mean they aren't at the top of their game.
    Yes, exactly!

    I remember being looked down on by some students and instructors in school because I proudly wore my piercings and sometimes had my tattoo visible in class. It didn't matter to them that I was passing and doing well in clinicals. For some reason, they thought I'd never make it as a nurse and that I ate the souls of cute furry animals for breakfast. I can even remember getting quite a few dirty looks from instructors in the elevator at school. When I caught them looking at me in disgust, I'd adjust my septum piercing and smile at them.
  5. by   surgicalcap
    I wanted a tatoo also when I was younger, but when I would talk to older patient's about theirs they would always tell me that they regret it now and it is to expensive to get it removed. When I had person after person telling me that I had to stop and listen. I have several friends that have tatoos and they are ok. But I guess just not for me.
  6. by   oklahoma~dreamin
    I have a few tats,

    behind both ears, a large one on the back of my neck and above my ankle

    I want more but I'm holdin off for a while...

    I don't regret them, I don't think tats on anyone are "trashy", and I'm of the opinion that when I'm old and wrinkly in my 60s and beyond I won't care if they are distorted or not

    I actually like the fact that they are more acceptable now (even though we recently moved back to the US from Japan and while living there, a ban against all tattooed people was put into effect at various parks, which was weird because traditional Japanese tattoos have a huge influence in tattoo culture, but apparently some Japanese still cannot seem to not associate tattoos with the yakuza. I'm a blonde haired white woman, certainly not yakuza LOL, so why ban me? LOL), and to those that don't care for them, I just say "To each their own".

    I really try to live by not judging others by their appearance.
  7. by   focusedvalpn
    i happen to love tattoos! i dont care if when i get older and start to wrinkle they look like raisins. shoot the way things are looking i might not even remember what they were supposed to be anyway so why not give myself something to ponder lol.

    i have tattoos that mean something to ME and it is MY body im not forcing anyone to understand why i have them because truth is if you dont like them you will never understand why i have them. i am a wonderful person, a fantastic nurse on the grow and in my professional life that is all that matters. i have a panther cub and orchid on my deltoid- my first and represented me going out on my own, two angels on my shoulder blade- my deceased grandparents, and Phoenix/peacock mix on my hip down my thigh- reminds me to be bold and stand tall and proud and that represents the continuum of life and changes that i go through which is a short version of what they both symbolize. and i used to have my tongue pierced but i took it out.

    but i think that they are all personal choices. i mean way back when red lipstick and red nail polish were something that was frowned upon and look how far we are there are hundreds of shades of them both.
  8. by   wtbcrna
    This reminded me of patient I had the other day she was in her 80's and was a retired nurse. She had just got her 1st tattoo a couple of years ago!
    Last edit by wtbcrna on Sep 12, '11
  9. by   RNOTODAY
    i just cant stand them. on a man, or a woman.
  10. by   LVN/RNBridge
    Unprofessional in the healthcare environment. If you love them, then they are personal to you, which means that they do not need to be visible to the outside public.
  11. by   SMOKEY2112
    Something being personal to someone has nothing to do with whether or not it should be visible to the public...just saying...IMO. If something is personal to someone then it's up to them to do whatever they want with it and to share it or not share it... or show it or not show it....to whomever they want.

    I've been in healthcare for 6 years...I'm in nursing school now.. but I see healthcare workers with tattoos all the time.
  12. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from kmillersocal
    Unprofessional in the healthcare environment. If you love them, then they are personal to you, which means that they do not need to be visible to the outside public.
    There was a time when the professional nurse came to work in all white, a nursing cap, cape, and would never have thought about wearing make-up or ear rings. Times change and so do people's perspectives on professionalism.
  13. by   LVN/RNBridge
    I'm not trying to offend anyone as I also have a tat, however, I also understand why it is against hospital policy to have them visible. My tattoo is personal and and for me has everything to do with whether or not I choose to make it visible. I know that tats are offensive to many individuals and is why mine is out of public view. I suppose for me personally, it is out of respect for those that do not like them or find them offensive.

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