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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.
Many times tattoos are meaningful to the wearer. I just hired a young lady who had a breast cancer ribbon on her wrist.......of course I didn't ask but I'm sure there is a connection.
I guess there is not one answer, it depends on what it is, where it is, how big it is etc.
Personally, I have seen OLD people with tattos who looked like they had been tie-dyed. Our facility policy is tattos have to be covered. Sometimes they scare people (kids, anyone who relates them to gang members, etc). A co-worker has a large one on her ankle (tough to hide). She wears a really big bandage.
I believe that it is unprofessional. It is showing personal attributes of an individual that shouldn't be shared in public environment. I liken it to high thong underwear and tongue rings. Those are much too personal to share when upholding a company image.
Haha. I disagree. I am an RN, and have travelled in over 100 hospital ER's and I have a TON of tattoos. I am very professional and work extremely hard. In the over 100 hospitals that I have worked in, I have NEVER been told or asked to "cover them up." The hospital I work for now and have for the past year has no problem with tattoos. Tattoo's are not only displayed within the criminal element, but they have been a militaristic symbol of pride for generations worldwide.
I have much more of a problem with people who have tongue studs. I have interviewed (and not hired) many applicants with these studs in their tongues. They can't speak coherently and sound like they are talking with a mouth full of food. Some even sit and twirl it around during the interview. I find that I can't focus on anything but their mouth and how distracting it is.
If I didn't hire people with tattoos my work force would be cut by about 75%.
I'm no nurse manager. But I find any tattoo that cannot be covered unprofessional. As an example if you work in LTC your working the geriatric crowd. A tattoo on a women was virtually unheard of in their generation.
I am an ADON. I personally find tattoos to be very unprofessional. And the older a person gets, and make no mistake, you will be old a lot longer than you are young (if you are lucky) the more unfortunate they become. I know they are the person preference of the person who has the tattoo. I guess I would just find it hard, on first impression, to trust the life of my child, husband, parent, to a person with "Live Free or Die", or Sponge Bob tattooed on their forearm.