Tattoos and nursing - page 5

Ok so I have a question. I am going to be starting school soon to be a LPN. My question is I have a pretty good sized tattoo on my left wrist. It isnt offensive, its very pretty. It is a... Read More

  1. by   Sean 91
    Sveral of the nurses on my floor have tattoos, including a charge. Helps to identify with many patients on med-surg. No one cares.
  2. by   SinfulCNA27
    well i continusly buck the system!!!! i'm am so sick and tired of people commenting on what i look like rather than the excellent job i do. i am no way shape or form scary:angryfire at all and i have never had a pt. say so to me or anyone else. i currently have 7 tattoos and 13 body piercings (including 4 in my face) and i had to take them out for clinicals. but it was allowed on another girl in my class. i even offered to put retainers in them so they were not visible but still left the hole open so i could insert the jewlery again in my free time. all my tattoos are covered up by my srubs...i'd have to show them to you for you to see them. i feel like this...i'm still in school...i'm actually pay you to teach me but you feel the need to restrict what i wear, how i wear it and how i chose to decorate myself. i have no say so at all about anything, yet i continue to pay you b/c i so dream to be a nurse. why must adults have a dress code anyway???? white scrubs....closed back shoes...no piercings/tattoos....natural colored hair, etc. they even tell us what underwear to wear to clinicals. now that is where i draw the line people!!! :angryfire i'm tempted to walk into clincals in hot pink panties!!! and what is the difference between earrings and tongue rings anyway? it's still a man-made hole in your body...weather one is more mainstream than the other should make no difference. i say all or nothing. and dont get me started about the girl in my class who has a tattoo on her neck that says f*ck!!!:angryfire she walks around proud all day long...with her head shaved!!! ohhh this is a hot topic for me!!!

    sinn
    Last edit by sirI on May 16, '07
  3. by   Human nurse
    they even tell us what underwear to wear to clinicals.

    too funny. what if you wore mens briefs...

    as for tats i have one, and am thinking about another but i have to agree that they can look unprofessional. i used to work with a really nice guy but he had some scary looking tattoos, he looked liked a charlie manson ex-con and i feel that he needed to cover those things up.
  4. by   popcornRN
    it's really unfortunate for people being dictated by the norms of the society.
    but frankly, i really dont care. just like what the broad minded ones have said, as long as it (tats and piercings) affect your perfomance as a professional, tats and pirces pose no problem at all.
    i have 3 tats:
    a tribal cross across my shoulders, a tribal insect like design on my right arm and a dragon at my left.
    im even planning to have a praying angel on my lower back, just below the cross by next week. thank god, my co-workers aren't bothered by them.

    by the way, i also have a tongue ring.
  5. by   athena55
    Hello All, just saw this posting as I am new to AllNurses.com (btw, I really appreciate this site! Smile)
    Ahhh, the good ol' days when the nurses wore white, a nursing school pin and a cap on "her" head. As for me I have ten tattoos and several holes in each ear (but I am a bit squeamish about getting a nipple or tongue pierced on my body, hahaha)
    For the most part, wearing scrubs kind of cover up my ink. I am in the Army Nurse Corps, and the"official" policy is..... As long as the tattoo is not "hate inspired or hateful, offensive language" and as long as the ink is not what is called sleeve ink (the whole length of ones arm) and none on the face or neck the Army will kind of ignore them. I heard tell that there is an official limit of seven, but obviously I guess it depends on who you see when you go for the MEPS and you have to list them.
    Hope y'all have a very peaceful, happy and healthy New Year.
  6. by   froghair
    i have 3 tattoos but they are in spots that are covered so there is no real problem. i plan on getting more, probably in areas that will be in veiw. some work places can be real old fashioned about them but the attitude is changing
  7. by   JenNJFLCA
    I have 2 tatoos but I put them in places that could easily be covered. You never know what kind of job you'll be getting in the future! I was 19 and 23 when I got them...
  8. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from PrincessJessica
    Ok so I have a question. I am going to be starting school soon to be a LPN. My question is I have a pretty good sized tattoo on my left wrist. It isnt offensive, its very pretty. It is a dragonfly. Do you all think I will have problems with employment and people taking me seriously after school is done. I want honest opinions. I will not get offended by anyhting any of you have to say. I am just trying to get all info I can. Thank You!
    Wow I didn't know that after reading these posts that they are that strict about tatoos. I have been a patient many times and I have seen rather very expressive stuff on nurses and doctors alike....one of my anesthesiologists was a Harley fan, had a golden motorcycle chain as a bracelet and the matching headgear (funny hat with harley symbols and eagles etc) We had quite a good conversation Interesting jewelry etc can be a good focal point when you are in pain and need something to divert your attention, as long as it is not offensive I think it can be a positive thing.
  9. by   lisabeth
    I have a cute picture of an angel I wouldnt mind having tattood, maybe on the back of the shoulder. I just dont know if I want a needle poking me that many times to get one. I guess you could say "I'm scared"
  10. by   Pete Venkman
    Tattoos are the leisure suit of the new mellineum. The only problem is you can't take them off or look at old pictures and laugh at yourself

    They are the trademark of the gullible.

    Whenever I see one (especially on a nurse) I think "Oh Boy- here we go"

    BUT there are several decent people I know who've been duped into tattoos ( they now understand) and are very competent nurses.


  11. by   ShayRN
    Quote from Dr. Venkman
    Tattoos are the leisure suit of the new mellineum. The only problem is you can't take them off or look at old pictures and laugh at yourself

    They are the trademark of the gullible.

    Whenever I see one (especially on a nurse) I think "Oh Boy- here we go"

    BUT there are several decent people I know who've been duped into tattoos ( they now understand) and are very competent nurses.


    Spoken like someone who doesn't have one nor has a desire for one. A tattoo is a very personal thing. The reasons people get one are as varied as the tattoo they get. I was not duped into mine, at 35 years old I knew exactly what I was doing. As a supervisor and a very respected member of 4 hospital committees (one with the vp of the hospital) I can assure you it in no way reflects how competent I am as a nurse. I am very good at my job, both the science of nursing and the art of nursing are second nature to me. My patients love me and my co-workers respect me. If I didn't show you my tattoo, you would never know I had one- at work. It is covered completely.
  12. by   HisTreasure
    Quote from Dr. Venkman
    Tattoos are the leisure suit of the new mellineum. The only problem is you can't take them off or look at old pictures and laugh at yourself

    They are the trademark of the gullible.

    Whenever I see one (especially on a nurse) I think "Oh Boy- here we go"

    BUT there are several decent people I know who've been duped into tattoos ( they now understand) and are very competent nurses.



    That seems like a very closeminded thing to say, but of course you are entitled to your opinion. I am neither gullible nor duped. I am aware that this tattoo will be with me for life. That is why I chose my children's names; they will be with me for life as well. My tattoo is a tribute to my children, and my oldest who is only four loves it. She will rub it and say "That's my name mommy!" and it makes her really proud that her mommy loves her so much that I chose to permanently engrave her name on my arm. In my job, my tattoo for the most part is covered by my scrubs, even the short sleeve ones. However, sometimes depending on how I move, you will catch a glimpse of my panda's feet. You know what? People ask to see the whole thing, and I have YET to have someone look at me wierd, roll their eyes, or say anything besides "How cute!" or "That is adorable!" I have had people look at me strange because they did not realize I had three children, but that is another story! I do not regret my tattoo. AND my tattoo is my motivator to stay slim. The last thing I want is for my balloons to turn into blimps!:imbar

    Edited to add: I am in no way insulting you for your opinion. I knew when I got inked that there would be people who would find my tattoo offensive and unprofessional. I feel the same way about smokers who hang outside of entrances of public places blowing their exhaust into the air we all have to share.
    Last edit by HisTreasure on Jan 16, '06
  13. by   frenchfroggyAPRN
    I have "Pouting Taz" on my left shoulder, I wear white scrubs, but you can't see him. And yes I am a Biker, lots of nurses and docs where i work are too.

    Talk about the rings, if you have a setting that sticks up, you may cause a skin tear to an elderly patients skin. :uhoh21: :uhoh21: :uhoh21:

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