Nursing and tattoos - page 5

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  1. by   erilynn17
    I am only 19 years old, but am going into nursing and I just got my first tat last week...I never thought about it being a problem as a nurse! It is usually covered up though, a small shamrock on the left side of my lower back, and is definitely covered by clothes...I want another one on my hip, but can't decide what I want. I wanted one for awhile and finally just picked this because I will always be Irish, so I can't get sick of it, and I wanted to prove to myself that I had nothing to be afraid of. I also have 5 earrings in each ear (4 lobes, 1 cartilage) and my tragus pierced. Belly button next week, and trying to work up the courage for my tongue...I guess I will have to take some out though before nursing. It's funny though...I really am afraid of needles!
  2. by   nessy
    I have one tattoo - the John Lennon Imagine self-portrait. My mum, who doesn't like tattoos at all, likes mine. Tee hee.
  3. by   indigo
    I got my first tattoo at age 47. Why did I wait? It is a Japanese symbol for love and compassion and it is on my inner forearm. It's fairly small. Sometimes it's visible, but usually not. I'm always cold and have to wear a long sleeve shirt under or over my scrubs!

    I think tattoos are coming into the mainstream. When someone asks me what mine means, I say love and compassion, and I get a nice smile in return.

    I have a nose piercing also, but must conceal it when at the hospital. I'm still a student and our nursing program prohibits piercings other than in the ear. There is a CNM at our hospital with a nose piercing, and I respect her so, so much. She was my own midwife 17 years ago and she is just a fine person. The hospital permits her to wear it when she works, and as far as I know, it has not had a detrimental affect on her practice.

    Fashions are changing, and many of us find tattoos and piercings attractive. I think they are appropriate in a health care setting, if they are not too far out. Our culture is still getting used to them and I think they can be upsetting or distracting for some, especially our elders.
  4. by   igloorn93
    I have 2, want more. My favorite one is my Canadian Maple Leaf. Helps me remember who I am and where I came from. Both are hidden by scrubs. I personally hate to see a woman with tattos on her arms or hands. (Not fond of seeing men with them there for that matter.) Desparately want my nose pierced but dress code at work is against it. Sigh.... Btw...nose piercing would be something small and delicate, barely noticable at work.
    Last edit by igloorn93 on Mar 21, '04 : Reason: Gramatical error....LOL :D
  5. by   healingtouchRN
    personally, I just couldn't poke another hole in myself. Earrings were enough pain, but my nose....no way. I live in the world of mold & pollen, so I have to blow too often! I like to change my mind on stuff too much, if I got a tattoo, I'd hate it the next day. So I just don't put on anything I can wash off in a few hours.
  6. by   LilRedRN1973
    Belly button next week, and trying to work up the courage for my tongue...
    Tongues hurt the least....don't be nervous. Out of the piercings I've had done, my tongue was the only one that didn't really hurt. It did swell up to twice its size for about a week and I talked like I had a lisp for a few weeks. But there wasn't any real pain. I've had my belly, tongue, nose, and nipples. Out of all of those, I only have my belly button left. I took the tongue out soon after my dentist informed me that my teeth were getting microscopic cracks in them from the barbells. And I would end up biting through the acrylic balls, so those weren't an option. I miss my nose piercing the most, but I figured it was a good idea to take it out when I interviewed for my Nurse Apprentice position at the hospital. I would hate to lose out on a job offer just because of a piece of jewelry in my nose. Now, my tattoos will be with me forever........
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Hell would have to freeze over before a sharp object comes anywhere near my tongue, chest, or below, unless it was for a surgical or diagnostic purpose.
  8. by   lisaloulou
    I have nothing against "ink" per se, but please be careful! I personally know someone who had to have a liver transplant due to Hep B from a tatt. Also, Hep C is rampant although you havent heard it from the news media (yet)
  9. by   NewEngland-RN
    I have this kickin tattoo that runs from my shoulder to my forearm.
    i got it about 5 years ago over a 3 day period with 22 hours work.
    I never regreted it.While at work it is always covered-my co workers were surprised to find i had one and naturally they wanted to see it.

    Maybe im old fashioned but i feel excessive/off beat piercings or visible skin art should stay out of the work environment. What you display on your off time is your business.

    I have found that in many places I have worked they have policies that curb" excessive" jewelry.


    Cheers!
  10. by   irishrose53
    Quote from NewEngland-RN
    I have this kickin tattoo that runs from my shoulder to my forearm.
    i got it about 5 years ago over a 3 day period with 22 hours work.
    I never regreted it.While at work it is always covered-my co workers were surprised to find i had one and naturally they wanted to see it.

    Maybe im old fashioned but i feel excessive/off beat piercings or visible skin art should stay out of the work environment. What you display on your off time is your business.

    I have found that in many places I have worked they have policies that curb" excessive" jewelry.


    Cheers!
    I have 5.
    3 of them on my back is an ongoing work in progress. parts of Pink Floyd album covers.1 Thumper from Bambie and 1 I can't discuss. No one can see them except my husband. I don't think you should be able to see them at work either. My family was shocked to the core to find out I had them. I could never peirce anything. The thought of it makes me queasy. I know it doesn't make sense-but there it is.
  11. by   missmercy
    Quote from SherRN
    I have Pooh on my right leg lower outer aspect. he sits on my sock cuff when I have shorts on. I love it ! It is hidden by my uniform pants. Everyone knows I have it. Since I am 56 it is quite a topic.
    I used to have a Winnie the pooh scrub top -- sick co-workers used to love to to tell me "OH! You've got poo on your shirt!" HAHAHA:chuckle Unfortunately, one day it got baptized by a ruptured aneurism and was never the same.
  12. by   missmercy
    Much more interesting would be the tattoo of a geriatric patient I once had: a womans name written vertically on his penis. It was not his wife's name, so I couldn't help but be curious who the mystery woman was.[/QUOTE]
    OUCH!
  13. by   NewEngland-RN
    Quote from missmercy
    Much more interesting would be the tattoo of a geriatric patient I once had: a womans name written vertically on his penis. It was not his wife's name, so I couldn't help but be curious who the mystery woman was.
    OUCH![/QUOTE]
    A coworker once told she performed a physical on a woman who had a large tattoo of a penis and a mans name on her back.She didnt have the nerve to ask about it but felt the dimensions were probably not correct!

    Happy weekend!!

    Fast Eddie...

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