Nurse managers-Do you think tattoos look professional? - page 3

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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 feel about tattoos.... Read More


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    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.
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    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
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    Just FYI, this is my 2nd. None of my patients ever see it, but many of my co-workers have, including my manager & director.
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    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.
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    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
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    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
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    Quote from 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.
    That being the operative theme here. I remember my mother making a huge deal about pierced ears when I was in high school - fast forward 5 years . . .she got her ears pierced before I did. Tattoos will most likely become mainstream, and just as with jewelry - gold studs are not the same as large metal hoops that hang down to your clavicle.

    You have your tasteful bird in flight on the inside of your wrist as my daughter does, and you have your teardrops near your eyes, your gang insignia on the back of your head, and your tramp stamp. Not all the same.
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    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.
    This seems like a rash generalization..

    I have two very large, very coverable tattoos. They cost money, but their meaning is timeless and will matter to me until the day I die. One of them, the one on my left deltoid is a reminder to myself why I'm still alive, as well as my purpose in life, and why I decided to go into nursing in the first place. Yes, I definitely need it tattooed on my arm many days... they are never visible at work, ever.

    Even though I'm only 24, I am one of the most fiscally responsible and frugal people (especially woman) I've ever known
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    I have 13 tattoos and in scrubs, only 3 are visible. I work as a unit manager in a LTC facility where most of the staff have both tattoos and piercings. We have some of the best residents and their families that are open minded and judge us for our hard work, compassion, and the care we give rather than our appearance! Both residents and their families often are intrigued by the stories and meaning behind our tattoos! Times are changing, so roll with it!

    D. Troia, RN
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    Tattoos are fine. What bothers me is the nurse with poor bedside manner who also gossips and brings morale down. Tattoos don't change the way my unit runs or the patient outcomes. I am much more worried about the nurse with a bad attitude.
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