I'm starting nursing school
in roughly about a month. I've already been told by advisors and read numerous times online that tattoos and body piercings are discouraged in this profession. Understandably so. I've already retired my 0g earlobes and allowed them to shrink down (at 32, I'm getting way too old for that anyhow...) and the only other visible piercing I have is a nostril piercing, which I just won't wear during clinicals.
My only worry is a tattoo I have on my wrist/lower part of forearm. I got it when I was younger....it's too big to easily cover up with regular bandaids. It's not a sleeve or anything, and it's only on the inside of arm/wrist. I don't want to give a bad first impression when school begins. What do you guys recommend as far as concealing it, and at the same time, be able to maintain sanitary conditions at school? Any particular brands of wraps or other similar products? Long sleeved shirt under scrubs
? Anybody else been through similar predicaments? Do hospitals these days really take that sort of thing seriously? Nowadays, it's rare to find someone below the age of 35 WITHOUT any tattoos or piercings....Thanks for any advice.
Last edit by Brian S. on Aug 3, '17
Jul 30, '17
I have several tattoos, all carefully placed to be easily covered if work requires it. In fact, many people are shocked to find out that I have them summer comes around and I start wearing short sleeves again (my current employer is okay with them as long as they're not offensive in nature). 3/4 sleeves, or those personally altered to be of the right length, are your friend if they're allowed (as Wuzzie noted, some work environments restrict them). Dermablend is good stuff; I've used it for theatrical cover-ups. I can't really speak to covering the tats for nursing school, as the ones on my upper arms and right wrist (that one is only script, sized to hide under a watch band) weren't done until a few years ago. (My artist actually wanted to put one of them on my lower arm so he could make it bigger to add detail and as cool as that sounded, I had to decline.) I also always cover them for interviews and make sure I'm very familiar with the facility policy before letting them be visible at all. I love my ink, but I'm also very careful about it so that I can cover it up as needed.
Last edit by audreysmagic on Jul 30, '17
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