Tattoo question - page 3

Hi, I'm curious, has anyone had a difficult time getting hired or covering a small wrist tattoo? I'm still taking my prerequisites. I would like to get a small wrist tattoo, but I don't want it to hinder my chances of getting... Read More

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    You may also want to consider a placement that is easily hidden by a large (washable) watch. I had several co-horts in nursing school who got by with that plan. They found that the dermablend and other makeup that would cover it didn't last through a shift of frequent handwashing. Nursing schools do tend to be more conscious of this than facilities, so I second the notion that you may want to wait until after school and getting your first job at least.

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    It's best to be conservative about it. The facility is only looking for one thing to throw you in the do-not-callback list. Get the job then you can show it off all you want.
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    There was a recent court ruling in Kansas that hospitals can't force nurses to hide tattoos, much less not hire them for it.
    Ottawa Hospital told it can’t force nurses to hide tattoos, piercings | Canada | News | National Post

    I think it's a good step for people to stop treating tattoos like they're some terrible thing.

    At my facility, we're still generally required to cover them. One nurse has a wrist one, and she covers it with a wrist band, but another nurse/case manager has a cross on top of her hand/wrist, and she doesn't usually cover it at all.

    To play safe, I'd still be sure they're covered when you interview, and then find the policy when you begin - or if it's a big deal to you, ask during the interview what their policy is.


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