Nurse managers-Do you think tattoos look professional? - page 2

I am curious as to how nursing managers feel about tattoos. I know some people love tattoos and some people hate tattoos. Since nurse managers are in charge of hiring nurses, I am wondering how they... Read More

  1. by   Grasshopper11
    If I was a patient, I would wonder if the employee has been drinking or do drugs before coming to work as tattoos are associated with the bar and drug crowd. As a side note, I also find it funny that alot of those employees that have tattoos are always short on money yet they have money to get another tattoo. Go figure.
  2. by   Havin' A Party!
  3. by   LVN/RNBridge
    I agree, piercings (other than ears) and tats should be removed/covered and on women look even more unprofessional. This is not an opinion, but rather a fact of society in a professional environment. I also know of hospitals that have nurses that have them, but they are not allowed to be visible , it just happens that the supervisor turns the other cheek. Personally, I have one, but it is totally hidden and I would never share with staff that I have one.
  4. by   NickiLaughs
    Wow....I'm amazed at the amount of bias in these posts. I agree that tattoos should be covered in a professional environment. However, the assumptions of the "bar/drug crowd or the prison crowd" really as me floored. The majority of nurses that I know have at least one tattoo, if not several. All of them keep their covered. I thought many were aware of the artistic expression that currently reigns with tattoos. I have three, one was due to my love for dolphins and represents the swimming with dolphins I have done, another represents family, and lastly, one represents my love for my husband (no not his name). All are hidden and unable to be seen unless I wear a tank top, then one can be seen.
    You might be amazed at how many nurses who take care of your loved ones have one.
    Many other cultures use tattoos to indicate history or tell their story. Not saying we should go around with bones in our noses, but perhaps be aware of cultural elements that even are now present in modern societies.
  5. by   Babs0512
    I have a tatoo on each ankle, and a nose stud. I had the nose stud for approx 16 years. Non of these things have kept me from being professional or doing my job. I have been hired as an ADON and DON with these items showing - since I always wear skirts to interviews. I have never been asked to remove my nose ring and would lose a job rather that do it. I am also 50 years old. My tats are 1 and 2 years old respectively. I plan to expand upon the one on my left ankle.

    It is a new world, just as in the past, attire that was once "banned" is now commonplace. My nose ring (stud) is small and most people don't even see it. My tats are personal to me, and I chose the least likely place on my body to wrinkle and age.

    You will see a time when the President of the United States has tats and or piercings. Maybe not in my lifetime, but certainly in our younger nurses lifetimes.

    I have never been into drugs or gangs - one shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. I have two folders FULL of awards for patient excellence - and you would be lucky to have me as your nurse, because I am experienced, have excellent assessment skills, and quite frankly, I ROCK as a nurse. Don't judge a book by it's cover, or you may lose a great employee or boss.

  6. by   phattass
    Oh shoot.....I wish I would have known about all this BEFORE I got my dead brother's initials tattooed on my ankle!!!!!!

    Crap....and now I can't seem to find the sarcasm icon.
  7. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from BabyLady
    Our facility does not permit tats or piercings on anything but your ears and you are limited to two, at that...
    Baby, would you clarify what State your facility is in?

  8. by   loriangel14
    Wow.Where a I work tats and piercings are no problem.My charge nurse has a large one one her leg and in the summer she wears capris to work.One of our male nurses has visible tats as well.
  9. by   jelly221,RN
    Quote from Grasshopper11
    If I was a patient, I would wonder if the employee has been drinking or do drugs before coming to work as tattoos are associated with the bar and drug crowd. As a side note, I also find it funny that alot of those employees that have tattoos are always short on money yet they have money to get another tattoo. Go figure.
    You HAVE to be kidding me, right? So if I have two initials tattooed on the inside of my wrist, very small & neat but still visible, you're going to be checking my arms for track marks? (I don't have that tattoo by the way). Many people who have neither do drugs nor drink alcohol have tattoos- they can be a very meaningful symbol of something that is important to that person.

    I have 2 tats and they are both in places that are covered up when I'm at work, but I make no secret of the fact that I have them.

    Frankly, I find your stereotype extremely offensive. Many of my friends have tattoos (usually a small one in a place that can be concealed if needed), and they are by no means struggling to pay bills because of a "tattoo addiction" that you seem convinced exists.

    I'm curious how you treat your patients when they test positive for illegal substances since you seem to be pretty judgmental. Do you start checking them for tattoos?

    I think that for the most part, tattoos should be covered up at work. They are not widely accepted as professional, but I also think that the decision to cover up tats or not depends on the content of the tat. If it is anything that could be interpreted as offensive, then by all means cover it. I doubt that many people would find the swallow on my foot offensive if it was showing.
    Last edit by jelly221,RN on Apr 1, '12 : Reason: Added paragraph @ end
  10. by   jelly221,RN
    Just FYI, this is my 2nd. None of my patients ever see it, but many of my co-workers have, including my manager & director.
  11. by   Sifty
    Tattoos have been around for century's, they were not criminal markings but markings of authority and standing in the community, of knowledge. My Maori ancestors had tattoos depicting their tribal and personal history.

    Yes times have changed but you can not discriminate because of what a person decided to do to their body. People also make mistakes when they are young and silly (I am not implying that people with tattoos have made a mistake, but some do regret their choice later on). I am sure you have all done something you have regretted at some point. How would you feel if you were discriminated because of that action?

    If it is offensive by way of language or meaning of the tattoo itself I understand the need to cover it up but otherwise why should people have to?

    As for the oldies not liking it as it was uncommon for women to have them in their day, the internet and smart phones and many other things where not common in their day. Does that mean we should not use them for fear of upsetting them? I have a friend at uni studying nursing who has tatts all up both arms and has long dreads. She works in a nursing home and has for quite some time. She is very well respected by staff and residents alike because of the way she works and the service she provides. Not the way she looks.
  12. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks all for your comments. Some people approve of tattoos. Others do not. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
    Nurse managers decide which nurses get hired and which nurses do not get hired. I was just curious as to what nurse managers thought about tattoos since they do the actual hiring of nurses.
    Last edit by Blackcat99 on Apr 2, '12 : Reason: grammar
  13. by   Babs0512
    I have two tatoo's, one on my left lateral calf, the other starts on my right foot, around the ankle and up the side of my right calf a little way's - it's a floral tattoo. I am in administration - and when I wear skirts, everyone can see them. Not once has it affected my ability to do my job, or have I heard any negative comments. I get a lot of compliments on my floral tattoo - from young and old alike.

    I have never been into drugs, I don't own a motorcycle (never have), these were personal choices that I made at age 48 and 49 - I am now 50, and I plan to do a floral on my left ankle that travels up to my current tattoo and intertwines with it to make it more lady like. My nose is also pierced, a gift to my self at age 36 - and again, never been an issue.

    The only time I would require someone to cover a tat - would be in the case of something like a Nazi tattoo, a horror type tattoo, or a tat that could offend someone due to race, ethnicity, sex, religion, etc... otherwise, I have no problem with them. I have no problem with piercings either. It's the person behind the piercings and tat's that is important to me, I am a good judge of character, and I realize that body adornments are a personal choice, and they have been around since there have been humans.

    Times have changed, we should change with them. Just MHO. Blessings