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

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   nursel56
    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.
  2. by   Fox_RuN
    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
  3. by   dtroia22
    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
  4. by   vanursegrad
    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.
  5. by   MrChicagoRN
    It doesn't bother me, some are quite beautiful. But if you show up with a tattoo, I hope it will be appropriate and of professional quality. I do not want to see jailhouse quality tattoos
  6. by   Blackcat99
    I have started a new job at LTC. In the employee's handbook, it says all tattoos must be covered.
  7. by   cannolis
    So much ignorance in this thread.
    Since when does the markings on someone's skin in anyway shape or form affect their ability to perform their job on a professional level?

    I question the intelligence of anyone who discriminates in this way. I imagine these are the nurses who think people with tattoos who end up in the hospital are probably there for gang or drug related issues. lol!
  8. by   cannolis
  9. by   Blackcat99
    So much ignorance in this thread? I don't think so. I was just curious as to what the people who do the actual hiring of nurses think about tattoos? That's all.
    Everyone has the right to their own opinion.
  10. by   cannolis
    Quote from Blackcat99
    So much ignorance in this thread? I don't think so. I was just curious as to what the people who do the actual hiring of nurses think about tattoos? That's all.
    Everyone has the right to their own opinion.

    I wasn't referring to your post.
  11. by   Clementia
    I don't see that it's so discriminatory to ask that tattoos be covered up at work. Yes, all of us have the right to express our personalities, and some of us choose to do it by means of tattoos and piercings. But, like it or not, in our society, certain forms of appearance signify professionalism, and certain forms do not. I don't assume that every tattooed person I see has been on drugs or in jail. However, even though I hate shoes, I wouldn't show up to work barefoot and wearing ankle jewelry, because it doesn't look professional. If I had a tattoo, I would cover it if possible for the same reason. It's not about bias or judging someone on his looks. It's about upholding our professional images as nurses.
  12. by   tewdles
    As a nurse manager I am concerned with the professional skills of the individual I am interviewing.
    I uphold corporate policy regarding professional appearance.
    The tatoos of a prospective staff person are not part of my interview process and would have no bearing on my decision...


    the person displays the tats in an unprofessional manner that is insensitive to the potential response of patients and families or the tatoo itself could be considered distasteful or disturbing to our patients.

    For instance, I once hired a hospice nurse who interviewed in modest and appropriate professional attire. When spring hit and her wardrobe changed it became apparent that she had 2 large "devil" heads on either side of her sternum which peeked over her tops.
    (I had noticed the smaller less "shocking" images on her lower arms) during our meetings. Given that we work in hospice I asked her to cover that tatoo out of deference to the patients/families emotional status.
  13. by   cgwrn
    Yes! I expect them to be covered at all times regardless of their location and/or meaning. I also expect all piercings except for ears to be removed.